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Well didn't Cooper (11 weeks old) have an amazing (and extremely productive) day! He shared the area with my trainers 10 year old belgian malinois and a 3 year old belgian malinois.

For most of the day he couldn't take his eyes off everything they were doing. They started jumping and barking... So he did... :) Our trainer is so happy with his socialisation, he's not scared of the other dogs - he even started barking at them just to get them riviled up :p, and is really wanting to learn... good sign I hope! :D

We reset his disipline to sit and drop; we both learnt how to build his drive to wanting the rag and he did some really good heel work..! AND we had no problem using some of the equipment that was in the schutz park (tunnel, beam etc). I'm so happy with him.. Just wanted to share it all with you...

Oh! and he held a dumbell without chewing for like 20 seconds, and "out" gave it back! I was so proud of him!... he slept in the car when he got home :p
 

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Yay!! Always good to hear about successful SchH days and new people getting excited about it. Watch out, it's pretty addicting!! ;-)
 

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I know! I've already jumped on a local dog sports site here in Aus and buying a few things for him (leather tug etc)... not going overboard -- It's hard as a new handler/owner to know when they are starting to get something but "Aus (owss) / Let Go" ... well I think thats going to be a long one for us :p

Hells yeah I'm excited. I want it to be addictive... this is going to be so good for both of us!

Yay!! Always good to hear about successful SchH days and new people getting excited about it. Watch out, it's pretty addicting!! ;-)
 

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Well didn't Cooper (11 weeks old) have an amazing (and extremely productive) day! He shared the area with my trainers 10 year old belgian malinois and a 3 year old belgian malinois.

For most of the day he couldn't take his eyes off everything they were doing. They started jumping and barking... So he did... :) Our trainer is so happy with his socialisation, he's not scared of the other dogs - he even started barking at them just to get them riviled up :p, and is really wanting to learn... good sign I hope! :D

We reset his disipline to sit and drop; we both learnt how to build his drive to wanting the rag and he did some really good heel work..! AND we had no problem using some of the equipment that was in the schutz park (tunnel, beam etc). I'm so happy with him.. Just wanted to share it all with you...

Oh! and he held a dumbell without chewing for like 20 seconds, and "out" gave it back! I was so proud of him!... he slept in the car when he got home :p
Sounds like a great beginning. My dogs always have always slept on the way home from training. If they don't I wonder if they worked hard enough.
 

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Took pups to the local soccer field today... It's closed in by a gate .. So I let him wonder. And at the top of my voice "comeeeee" he looked over his shoulder and trotted back - prob about 20m / 60ft... Can't complain :)


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2nd week and we tackled tracking.. (He will be teething soon...) Scent pads and crushed hot dog... Can't believe how amazing he did... And how meticulous he was in the straight line! Very happy. And as a joke put a harness on him that was just a tad big :)

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Cooper. 12 Weeks on Monday.


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the harness looks good on him! even if its bigger than it should be lol. Sounds like he's coming along nicely!
 

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Hehe - just put it on after his training to see how he liked with them on - he didn't mind it at all! :)

Thanks -- I think tracking really is his thing! He loved it!!! Kept wanting to go back!


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Oh he's just getting a taste for it all -- once I know what I'm doing then I can focus on one thing and if he starts to appear to be bored I can move on go something else. I'm being trained as well as him -- plus he's started teething so no bite work for a little while....


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Completely JEALOUS! Your puppy looks SO CUTE!!!!!!!! I wish I could start training Sabo to do SOMETHING with other dogs!

Question---our vet told us that we can't start doing anything with Sabo until his shots are complete...no outings, no training, unless it's a controlled environment.

Is this why you can train your dog here? It's controlled? After loosing Metro (granted he lived to the ripe old age of 12) I am TERRIFIED that we are going to loose Sabo to some puppy illness, so for now, it's only out to potty and back inside!

Are your shots complete? I am SO CONFUSED!
 

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Your vet is smart. I think you are supposed to have at least 2 rounds of shots maybe 3 before exposing your dog to stuff.
 

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I'm keeping away from dunes/shrubs at beaches, keeping away from other young dogs I don't know and not going to overly populated parks where I train him. He's had his second shot (C5) but to NOT socialize your dog is written as a bad thing (they bind their socializing habits at around 12 weeks) -- my guy LOVES people, respects others people's home (doesn't wee inside hehe) and likes other dogs. He's also comfortable around a number of dogs who he is and will continue to be around and train with..

Yes your vet is saying the right thing but if you can control where your dog goes it's no different to your house/backyard.

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