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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-24-2016, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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What should I be doing?

So Enya is coming up on 14 weeks. I've been working on exposing her to different places, different people. She walks on a leash well. She's working on sit, down, stay, leave it, come and out/drop it. She does excellent in the front yard, so working now in backyard. Once she does well there we'll work in the side yard, then keep moving about the property. I'm working on keeping her focus in all places. I'll be working on the same thing in town as well.


I've ordered a roped ball and I'm currently working with a toy that is similar with tugging and letting go. I'm not sure yet what trainers or working clubs are near me yet or the cost. Since I'm retired, cost does factor in.


What else should I be working on her with at this point in time?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-24-2016, 10:13 PM
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I'm right behind you with my puppy at 10 weeks. I'm gathering some smaller boxes to do scent work.
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I'm doing the same, also trying to read threads about scent work.
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recalls are the most important thing, IMO at this stage. You need a long line, or someone else to hold the dog and do restrained recalls all the time, every training session.
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Can you define restrained recalls? I've trained for conformation, obedience and herding, but now I'm the newbie at this training.
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restrained recall is having someone hold your pup/dog and you run from them...when you call the dog, the dog should run to you. Either you can do it with or without a line. If you don't trust your dog, start it close up, and you hold the line(but still have someone hold your dog by the collar) It is all about the dog coming fast to you for a party/reward. Imprint that early, it could be a lifesaver.
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Thanks, Onyx!! That I do know, just not by that name. Didn't know it had a name and haven't used it in years. I start out teaching a recall by running in the opposite direction if they aren't focusing. I'll have one of the kids help with this.


What equipment should we be looking at getting?
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long line, high value training toys(ball on string or good tug toy) food, and you acting like an idiot so your dog is engaged with you.
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I've ordered a ball on a string today, have different favored food treats figured out and acting like an idiot down pat. (At least according to my kids.) *G* Thank you so much, Onyx!


My only trained working dog came trained, so the training is new and I want to do it correctly and as well as I can. And it's important for Enya that I do it to the best of my ability.
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At that age I spent A LOT of time imprinting desired off leash behavior.
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