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Not sure the right trainging for my GSD!!! Help!!

Hey everyone! Sorry for the long post!!

Well it's finally time to get Marley proper training. He hasn't done any kindergarten training at this point. He knows commands such as, sit, stay, come (although we are having a hard time with the recall ) paw, touch, leave it, drop it. All the basics i guess. We are working on them everyday but absolutely need some assistance....if youre going to get a GSD, you better make full use of that big beautiful brain, right?? We've been practicing loose leash walking, and with the help of you guys posting AWESOME advice, he's come soo far in a few short days. We always tried to teach him that, but went about it the wrong way.
Marley is 10 mos old, male....70 lbs. He is every bit of a sweet heart, and in his spare time he loooves playing jeti mind tricks on us!! lol! Our goal for Marley is to have a great recall, we love going on hikes and have awesome parks and trails by us so a recall is a must! I want him to be calm around kids and other people (take him to the dog park often as well as walks in crowded towns and parks). I was thinking about the CGC cert, but didnt know if that was geared more towards dogs that were going to be in competition.

I've checked out some places that seem to be great....
This Bayshore club looks like a good pick as well as the program, although it's throwing me off since it seems to be a precursor to a competition pup!
BCDC - Obedience Class Descriptions

So although it says competition course, it seems perfect! What do you guys think? Too much for a gsd that won't be competing?

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Forgot to say the course from the link above would be "Novice/Attention I"

Thanks guys!---Jackie

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I think that looks like a good class. They're probably going to insist on straight sits and straight downs for competition; if you're not worried about that you can allow Marley to sit crooked (over on his hip) if you want. Competition obedience classes tend to really stress the recall and distractions, so that should be a good thing.


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Thanks for the help! He occasionally sits crooked now and i try to correct it, or reward for a good sit, and nothing for a bad one. I feel like im going about it in a real amateur way though...

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Bayshore has a lot of classes and I know several of the instructors personally and they are quite good! and who knows, you just might change your mind on the whole competition thing. Very few of us got into this thinking we'd EVER do competition obedience.

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Bayshore has a lot of classes and I know several of the instructors personally and they are quite good! and who knows, you just might change your mind on the whole competition thing. Very few of us got into this thinking we'd EVER do competition obedience.
That's great to hear! They looked like a good training group to get into, but of course recommendations are preferred. To be completely honest, i always thought that competition dog owners had always been intereted in that aspect of it. So there's hope for Marley!!!

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