Join Date: May 2011
Location: St. Thomas, Ontario
Dogs Name: Kelly
Titles: CD Obedience & Therapy
Dogs Age: puppy
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When I was 21, my wife and I wanted a dobe and the only one we had seen in the flesh was a big male and fully security trained.
- how you say probably with a wooden 2x4
I asked the owner if I could walk him down the block, a little bit and when he looked up at me, I was thinking this boy could eat me (LOL) if he didn't like me. The owner saw my insecurity to and advised me to buy a puppy instead of a full grown dobe.
We found a good breeder in their 80 years of age, that confirmation showed their dobes for decades (house full of trophies) and bought our puppy girl Tanya from them.
The next summer we found a real good trainer and professional handler and took 27 straight weeks confirmation/OB training (both on & off leash) while practicing together 6 days/week - we followed this work up with a few shows in confirmation and obedience.
- OB trials were more to our liking and we obtained high scores, but I was not confident in confirmation and it clearly showed / so a learning experience
Second dobe Amy...I trained her privately and I had a work friend seriously competing in agility that said my dobe could not be titled in OB, since she hadn't had the distractions of class training with other dogs.
So for fun and a few years after our early training we practiced OB for a week and competed in a novice obedience one weekend (to prove a point) and acquired 3 passing scores (with one 2nd & 3rd place finish).
- we went to agility class with Amy, but she didn't like it, so we stopped after the intro. classes finished
Kelly and our third puppy will be OB trained by myself and shown to get her title, that is the goal. No additional plans beyong that, right now.
------------Kelly & (Amy - RIP @ 11.7 y/o)
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