I found a trainer who works with high-drive working dogs and we had our first class near other dogs (GSD, Malinois, a Doberman, a few Border Collies, and a lurcher (can someone edify me? what is that - it looked like a pit bull blend)).
During our consultation, I was happy that they were able to tell me all manner of Doberman-specific things on which YOU, the experts have all ready, have already educated me. They seem to understand the breed, which was such a relief since none of the other trainers I’ve found in DC seem to know or even appreciate them. Best of all, they stated that Beau needs to be in class with other dogs (which is what I’ve thought for months) despite any noise he may make. It is the first place that actually welcomed, and seemed enthused to have, a Doberman in class and were surprised at everything he knows how to do.
For our first session, As expected, Beau was SUPER vocal and bouncy and wanted to play with everyone. After only 5 minutes of pulling, screaming and begging to get to the other dogs, he gave up and was able to put his focus back on me for the most part. Huzzah!!! He was pretty good on heeling drills past the other dogs but would give a pitiful yodel everytime we went by a female Mal and go into a play bow, as much as possible when in motion. She was unimpressed. Everything else he did like a champ and was the only pup who held a stay longer than 2 minutes, even around the other dogs.
I am pleased that their approach isn’t cookie cutter, it is tailored to Beau, to me, and to our short-, near-, and long-term goals. There is no set number of sessions, more of a “it takes what it takes” to get where we want to be AND (and the nerd in me loves this…) we have to pass a test before we can move ahead. Once we get through 101 and 201, we can move to CGC prep, off-leash, intro SAR, or other disciplines should we so choose.
My id and my ego are a bit bruised that we didn’t place into 201, but my superego is okay with it and looking forward to our next class.
Here is my little weirdo when we go home after class.
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I thought they were sighthound crossed with things like Labs but wiki says that typically they are sighthound crossed with either herding or terrier types.Lurchers are cross-bred (sighthound with something else), more or less hunting dogs--generally big, sighthoundish but variable according to the specific breeds in their ancestry.
I associate the name and "breed" with English country estate dogs somehow--probably because the first time I saw the name, I was reading a book set in the early 1800's.