Your trainer has no suggestions for this?
Without more information, I would suggest keeping the dog crated for at least 2 hours before a training session, and at least 1 hour after. Take the dog right out of confinement, let her air for a few minutes and start the session. No horseplay or monkey business; she just relieves herself and then you get to work. When the session is over, you let her relax off-leash (or dragging the checkcord) for a few minutes, then back in the crate. Among other things, this makes training an opportunity to get out and do something interesting vs. getting dragged away from something interesting to go drill.
I suggest that because that's the way I learned it. If your trainer says 30 minutes, then go with that. If you don't see a significant improvement in attitude WRT training, try longer.my trainer only suggested 20-30 mins in confinement. why would you suggest so long.
When trainers refer to "drive" they generally mean the ability to work very hard through fatigue and distractions, and focus totally on the job at hand. Not to mention a close bond with the handler. Dogs with that ability can do really well in competion obedience as well as in SAR, K9, service work, field trials, and other activites that require that type of dog personality.Are you talking about drive as in what dogs do to sheep?
All -and any- focus training will develop drive. So those routines will certainly help. But I would also introduce other focusing routines as well.somnio said:yes my trainer showed me what to do, we play tug, i have the toy on a long rope and she will chase it. it just hard to see if there is progress. i was just wondering if anyone had some other suggestions or could tell me how they build drive in there dog.
Why not? You can do UKC obedience with mixes, as well as C-WAGS, APDT, St Hubert, & ASCA.cool thanks
i know that we aren't going to win any titles, but it is a start and i know i have my work cut out for me. i have a 2 yr old huskey/boarder collie cross. but i'm up for the challenge, she's solid on the basic training it just a matter of building and refining.
thanks for all your input, and suggestions it has helped
Having an obedience breed *IS* an advantage in that some things will come more naturally, and instructors will often be better equipped to help you (frankly, most competition instructors DO have much more experience with the traditional obedience breeds and can be at a loss for what to do with dogs who aren't typical) BUT 99% of it is how hard YOU are willing to work.oh i know. just i didn't think that i would become champion or anything. compared to a shepard or a breed already predispositioned to the competition. i guess i don't want to set to high of goals right now. but i guess anything is possible and if i work hard enough it will happen. thanks again for setting me straight.