Lucca and I have been in basic obedience for a month now & we have only one class left (5 classes total)
I've really enjoyed it, and now I need to decide which class we are moving into next. Lucca will be 5 months old on Saturday... Sorry for the long post
My goals: CGC is my #1 goal. Competing & titling in nose work, competing & titling in obedience, possibly trying rally, possibly trying agility. I would REALLY like to do IPO, but I live in the-middle-of-nowhere Wyoming & the nearest clubs I have been able to find are 5-6 hours away and I just can't do that distance for training. Neither clubs I found are even actually IN my state... if anyone knows of a club in WY please
let me know.
I spoke with my trainer, and we have the option of continuing with more obedience or an introduction to nose work. I'm really on the fence! I want Luc to have a very solid OB foundation, but I kinda feel like that's something we could work on by ourselves. At the same time, I wonder if we should start nose work this early?
Luc's done great in basic, he picks things up fast. The trainer has commented that I have done a great job socializing him & that he's really coming along beautifully both socially and with the training
Hearing that from the trainer made me so proud of Lucca
She tells it like it is and dose not just hand out compliments.
In the class we have covered sit, down, leave it, recall, walking on a loose lead (basically heel), focus, sitting at doors to go in or out, crawl, and (just for fun) play dead. There is a heavy emphasis on socialization, which has been great for Lucca.
Luc has mastered sit, down, leave it, and sitting at doors/gates. We need to work on recall & focus with distractions. Heel is really on the right track and so close to being solid with distractions... crawl & play dead were just introduced so we haven't worked much on them. At home, I have also trained "Stay"... the trainer dose not teach it until pups have mastered sit & down without the use of treats & most pups in our class have not reached that point. Lucca's sit & down are solid & learned stay just fine at home.
I'd like to get some feedback from everyone out there!
I'm leaning towards nose work but I'm not sure if I'm making the right choice