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Thought I'd share a few pictures of our practice session last night. I was very pleased with how well Newtie worked out this problem. This was in a gym and was stuck way back in the corner and had a lot of "stuff" around it. He finally figured it out by jumping up on the treadmill and bam! I'm always thrilled by his willingness to go into "scary", tight places. Brandy would have told me exactly what I could do with that hide and it wasn't give her treats for finding it! LOL
I was a little worried, because we had class on Sunday and it was awful! He was more worried about tracking other dogs than finding scent, but thankfully last night he was back on track. I'm going to chalk it up to being a little out of sorts from moving the week before. He's also an intact male, so you just never know what goes on in their head. I did bring along leftover pork roast, so maybe the extra high value treats helped too!





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Love the collar you have on Newtie !

I bet your right about moving - I have read that is stressful on dogs . Anyway - That's the way I would go with it

Thanks for the pictures !

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Love the collar you have on Newtie !
We were at our local Sheriff's Office so he felt he had to fit in!
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Since this thread is about training fun, I thought I would ask a question about training.

Willie has passed his basic obedience, and we are also working on conformation training.

He does need more work in obedience, so do some bursts of it during the day in the house (too rainy outside for the little princess to work in the yard)

There is an intro to nose work class coming up that lasts for about 4 or 5 weeks, that I think he would enjoy. As well as CGC & CGCA training and testing, which would be good for him.

My question is this, is it too much to do all of it at once? I don’t want to confuse him, but he loves to train and will pester me in the evening until I work with him, if I am late for our regular ‘session’.

I feel that since the nose work will be completely different than anything else he has done, it will be more ‘fun’ and new for him, while the obedience and conformation training is more reinforcing what he already knows with only a few new things here and there.

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When Newtie was around 6 months old I had him in obedience class, nose work class and conformation all at the same time. He did well at all of them and never seemed to be confused as to what was expected from each class. I'd say go for it!
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One of my Dobes was showing in conformation, learning to track (we went tracking every Wednesday) and was being trained at home in Obedience and in a class for Agility which had just been approved by AKC for titles.

He had no problems with being in all this stuff and knew exactly what we would be doing because he wore different stuff for almost every thing.

The show collar was different than any other collar he wore. The only place that he wore a harness was for tracking (and boy did he get excited about seeing that put in the truck).

And he did wear the same collar for Obedience and Rally--a metal slip chain--if the chain click he learned he needed to speed up--it was just a legal secondary cue for him.

His breeder handler was sure with the tracking he'd have his nose on the ground all the time in the Conformation ring--never happened--he knew the difference.

I don't think it's too much--for anything was was doing at home I did it in very short periods of training but did it several times a day.

Tracking was about half a day but he really liked it and there were breaks when we were letting the track age.

Rally was one class a week and there were lots of time outs when dogs were going through the stations so lots of breaks there too.

Sounds workable to me. And not too much for your dog.

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When Newtie was around 6 months old I had him in obedience class, nose work class and conformation all at the same time. He did well at all of them and never seemed to be confused as to what was expected from each class. I'd say go for it!
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I don't think it's too much--for anything was was doing at home I did it in very short periods of training but did it several times a day.

Tracking was about half a day but he really liked it and there were breaks when we were letting the track age.

Rally was one class a week and there were lots of time outs when dogs were going through the stations so lots of breaks there too.

Sounds workable to me. And not too much for your dog.
Thanks, Meldrew & dobebug. I think he would have fun doing both, I just don't want to overwhelm him. Appreciate your opinions
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I think you could do all of it - they are smart and can easily figure out the difference!


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