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Our 5 month old female has finished her second part of obedience training and we feel dismayed that in any environment out of our house she forgets nearly every command! She will not sit, stand, stay, come if she's brought anywhere, we worry she may take off, or not come if needed. Is this more age related or should we do something different or change trainers? Thanks
 

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don't change trainers unless you really disagree with the way they dog things. Stay the course. Your dog is still a baby and everything is new and interesting. Imagine asking a 7 year old kid to pay strict attention to you when you go out someplace interesting. Our dogs are very much puppies the first two years and you'll go through many "stages:. Like Slamdunc said, work on engagement. Each time she checks back with you praise and reward it. If she is in the heel position, it is always a safe place to be.
 

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don't change trainers unless you really disagree with the way they dog things. Stay the course. Your dog is still a baby and everything is new and interesting. Imagine asking a 7 year old kid to pay strict attention to you when you go out someplace interesting. Our dogs are very much puppies the first two years and you'll go through many "stages:. Like Slamdunc said, work on engagement. Each time she checks back with you praise and reward it. If she is in the heel position, it is always a safe place to be.
Thanks for the tip! Last night my trainer asked " this is your first German shepherd?" After watching our Trudi and especially us! We need to do more and perhaps expect less and praise more. We will stay the course.
 

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It is tough to be more exciting and fun than cats, birds, strangers with treats, smelly dirt. Eat right, get plenty of sleep, drink water and keep up! PHEW. It will come.
 
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