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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-29-2016, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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What do you train after the basics?

My boy is nearly 11 weeks old and has a firm grasp on what I consider to be the 'basics'- sit, down, stay and come.

  • Sit is easy and 100%. He knows he has to sit for dinner, at doors, etc.
  • Down can be a bit sticky, he thinks he has to be on my toes so working on getting him to go down wherever he is at the time.
  • His recall is 99% and I have used it in highly distracting areas (puppy school, backyard zoomies) with success.
  • Stay we are working on as well, he is good if I am close / in sight- working on those two factors.
  • Recently started loose leash walking, he is definitely getting the idea.
  • In addition we are working on a few 'tricks' like roll over, spin.
  • He is being socialised with dogs old and young, big and small; and all sorts of people.

I am about to move house again and will look at obedience classes in my new area, shame I am moving away from a great one!

But what do they usually expect in obedience?

What would you do next?

Bearing in mind I have hopes this boy may become my service dog in the future (fully appreciate it may not happen for a variety of reasons but will aim for it regardless). He will also be attending horse shows / events with me which are sometimes overnight, and usually require the dog to be leashed at all times.

Any good resources? (I am subscribed to a couple of great channels on youtube, kikopup has been my go-to thus far).

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Place, heel, speak and you could also start rear end awareness.
A command for him to hold eye contact with you. And just focus on engagement training. Make sure he sees you as the source of fun.
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Reward eye contact and reward when he's staying calm in various situations.Don't worry about the duration of his stay or distance away from you for commands.Baby steps!Enjoy his puppy hood.


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You want to proof all of those commands in different environments. If I tell a dog to stay, they should stay until I get them regardless if line of sight is obscured. Like some others have stated, engagement work. There are going to be times when you run out of treats so you want the dog to build a drive for something consistent, like a ball or tug. Socialization doesn't ever stop, for me at least. As for commands, you can try to teach them: Speak, heel, stand, place, off leash. All of this is just something to work towards but definitely take it little by little. Good luck!

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I agree with Dogma, you need to train a "look" command before all that other stuff, and have it work well. For instance my trainer said the best Schutzhund trainer in the world will not even look at your puppy unless it can focus for 3 minutes straight with a look command.
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Thanks guys some amazing feedback! He is very good at eye contact and reading me but will look into strengthening that too, plus all the other stuff! Lots to go on with thank you all!
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in a few months it wouldn't be uncommon for all of his training to seemingly go out the window and you'll wonder who swapped your sweet obedient puppy (don't worry, it comes back).

as others have stated - continue to proof - no 99%, most of the time, except, unless, if, only, but, etc...

increase distance, distraction & duration (but only one at a time)

if he knows "sit" have him sit inside, outside, on concrete, in grass, in sand, on a platform, in a puddle, on a grate, on stairs, in a tree (obviously not at this age)...

simple tricks - shake, speak, spin, roll over, retrieve/individual toy recognition (different than fetch)

a friend once told me, unless your dog can *insert command* off leash, in the middle of union square, then your training isn't done. attainable or not, it keeps me on track.

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