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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Last edited by carmspack; 02-21-2017 at 12:56 PM.