So, I don't have a puppy yet. I am hoping/expecting to bring her home on March 18th. She'll be 10 weeks old at that time. (I have a business trip right before that, and it seems wrong to bring her home sooner, only to leave her behind, so I'll wait until I get back.)
She's a WGSL with a strong pedigree of titles in both show and IPO.
The more I've studied and researched bringing home a GSD, the more fascinated I get with the idea of working her in IPO....not for national championships or anything, but for the challenge of the training and discipline...for BOTH of us! But primarily, she'll be a companion and family dog.
I'm trying to learn all I can about training pups...following a couple of different trainer videos online (VERY different styles and personalities). The more I watch and read....the more nervous I get. My overactive imagination starts producing mental home-movies in which I ruin my puppy by training her wrong...and end up with either a reactive, out-of-control, rude dog...or a sweet fluff with no prey drive or interest in doing anything but playing ball and holding down the furniture.
I've written to my local IPO club (San Antonio), asking about their 2019 schedule and if I can come observe and learn more....but have not heard back anything yet.
I'd like to find a local trainer that I could work with both one-on-one and in group settings (when the time is right) that has solid experience in IPO work and understands GSDs....but other than unanswered emails to the local IPO club, I'm not at all sure where to start looking.
There's one guy (one of the ones I'm following on video) that is up in Austin...does sport training all the way up to world championships all over the world...but he's also VERY expensive....and I'm more than a little intimidated by him because I'm such an absolute newb to all of this.
ANYhow...sorry for such a long, rambling post. It's partly to vent my anxieties...partly in hopes of a little reassurance...and partly in hopes of a word or two of advice along the way. You guys are great and I appreciate your attention!
The pre-puppy jitters are strong today.........