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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-21-2017, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Where should I go next?

Ronin is now 12 weeks old and still continues to impress me!! We have him trained to sit and stay at the door until we give a release command, he sits and waits patiently while we put on/take off his leash. He is leash trained and walks perfectly on a loose leash. We have started a formal heel, which, so far, he's doing pretty well but we're still at the first stage (sitting at a heel position, haven't added any steps yet). He knows sit, down, stay and the words "nice"(reminder to be softer when taking food from hands) "off", and "no." We're working on "eyes" (for focusing on me) but he's doing very well with this already. His recall training is going very well, but the only thing that stops him from responding immediately are deer bones (next door neighbor throws them for his dogs after he hunts, and a few always end up in our yard. I'm not too happy about it but what can ya do?) So we're working on recall with distractions.
However, in between recall training and heeling, I'm at a loss as to what to do next. I'll be taking him to puppy classes soon, but I enjoy the time spent training this youngster and I dont want to just bore him with the same 'ol same 'old, if you know what I mean. I'm just not exactly sure where to go to next. Should I start doing some basic rally obedience commands, even though he's not perfected the heel? Should I teach him some tricks, like "spin" or "shake"? Should I work on longer "stays"? He has stays down pretty well, but there's always room for improvement.
What do you all suggest??
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what a great problem to have ! lol

what do you like to do ?
what is available in your area?

are there tracking clubs, nose work trainers, barn search ?

I'd do this over trick training .

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what a great problem to have ! lol

what do you like to do ?
what is available in your area?

are there tracking clubs, nose work trainers, barn search ?

I'd do this over trick training .
Hahaha! I guess I am fortunate! Although when he starts getting bored with his training, he starts acting up. He'll chew on things he's not supposed to, he'll try biting our hands again and challenge us in small ways, all because he'said not getting that mental exercise again, he's a busy one!

We do have a place for tracking, agility, rally, and schutzhund, but you have to take and pass 3 classes (Basic puppy, advanced puppy, and one more but I can't remember what it was called) before you can do anything else with them. That's the place I'll be taking him to for his puppy class, I'm pretty sure.
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I'd start solidifying what he knows. For example, the handlers all thought their dogs knew the stay command. They could go up to six to fifteen feet straight in front of their dogs and the dogs would stay. But when I made them put them in a stay and just walk to the side of their dog, not moving away, guess what happened? Every dog broke their stay to face their owners. Forget walking behind them or all the way around them. The dogs didn't really know stay. But they were so proud that they had gone past what I'd told them to... If your puppy is in a sit and you step back three feet and tell him to down, will he? Or go back into a sit?
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I wouldn't focus on the static exercises at this age .

I would definitely focus on the moving exercises , heeling and RECALLS.

Many dogs don't know a recall if there is any change into how it is asked for.

Command "come" means that the dog presents himself in front of you , looks to you for the next command.

Used to do clinics for these things for people that were in competitive obedience trialing.

You would be surprised that how many dogs were baffled and did not come to a front finish on the recall if the dog was recalled from an angle , or if the dog was behind the handler .

the dog might recall to the backside of the handler , or might be confused and come close to , or at heel , but not the front finish.

keep the dog thinking.

heeling ? what does it mean .
it means that the dog is to walk with you on YOUR left . This places the dog's right shoulder to your left knee.

what happens if you start walking backwards , if even for a few steps?
the dog will switch to YOUR right side so that HIS right shoulder is in line with your right leg.

but , heel means to stay to your left.

see how you can proof an exercise and teach the dog what a command means?

I had one of my dogs Carmspack Rakatan get her CD in 3 consecutive trials with critical judges with a score all over 195,
average 197.5 -- Dog World Award of Canine Distinction .

oh her age ? 6 1/2 months of age . Entered as soon as there was a local trial available AND I went to those trials using public transit --- no car , inner city living , did not even have a driver's licence then.

keep it fun . make the dog think . activity creates brain excitement , walking together forward forges a bond --

static exercises are depressing

recall and heeling are so important

later you can include a pick up and carry --- not retrieval --- pick up a balled up sock , and ask for a return to hand .

with this you can create directional send aways

with this you can ask for a recall without picking up the sock , which should be an asked for command

look at some of the french ring exercises --- campagne exercises

fun and more fun
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Carmen and Deb are spot on as usualOne thing not to forget is the importance of leisure time for your pup.Casual strolls off leash in a safe area where he can go at his own pace and use his nose and ears to explore.It's very intense,fun,and satisfying for dogs to just do doggy things regularly.He sounds like a wonderful puppy!
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He does sound like a wonderful puppy.

sort of got me inspired all over again .

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Thanks everyone!! You've helped me get out of a little rut, haha! I love being able to get ideas from others on this forum. You guys are great! Glad I found it.
He is a pretty good pup, but he definitely still has his moments and tests my patience! We certainly love him, though, and he gets along very well with his "big sis".
Carmspack I LOVE the idea of making sure actually understands commands, and making sure he thinks. I'll definitely incorporate that.
Deb, I absolutely enjoy the idea of having him practice commands in different situations. I tried it out earlier today, and even he seemed to enjoy me walking around it circles and going different directions while he was in a stay position. Wonderful advice, indeed!
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Another thing is to take him out to different places and mix letting him walk around and explore and smell things, see new things and adding in some sits, downs and stays. You may find what he knows so well at home won't be so good in new places with distractions all around him. Perfectly normal. He needs to learn sit means sit no matter where he is or what he is doing. It'll help for when you start class and there are all these other dogs and people around. Just make sure to keep it fun.
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However, in between recall training and heeling, I'm at a loss as to what to do next. I'll be taking him to puppy classes soon, but I enjoy the time spent training this youngster and I dont want to just bore him with the same 'ol same 'old, if you know what I mean. I'm just not exactly sure where to go to next.
How about quantum physics? Ronin sounds like he's up to the task!

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