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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Night training?

I was wondering if anyone else does any night training (outside where is pretty dark, like maybe under just ordinary street lights).

I do some training in the cul-de-sac under a streetlight or two outside my house and I do notice some changes in his behavior (male 4yo GSD) - he is much more alert and noticing things and people around us. And i should mention that he is an extremly alert dog anywhere and any time so this is a noticeable uptick in his alertness. Which of course makes it somewhat more difficult to get and keep his attention.

So I am looking for feedback from others.

And also maybe some thoughts about - Would you expect your dog to obey equally at night?

How about in true darkness?
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This is interesting. Havoc is much more alert to his surroundings if I walk him at dusk--especially if I'm walking him alone. He seems more suspicious of people but I live in a urban area with homeless, crackheads and surly teens. I think that he picks up on my heightened awareness. I'm looking forward to longer days.
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We train at night and just before dark for part of the year. Have trained under headlights before. I haven't done much obedience type training in the dark, but have done protection. The dark does put the dogs a bit more on edge just like it tends to do to people I have also been out tracking just before it is too dark to see.

Yes, I expect my dogs to obey.

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