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I'm planning on showing my Australian Shepherd next summer in some obedience classes. I was just wondering what the basics were and how to get started? Thanks!
 

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I'm only in 4-H obedience so not much help,lol. Just wanted to say good luck!!


Here are the things we have to do though(maybe some of it is the same?)

- Long sit for a minute
-Long down-3 minutes
-Heel
-come when called(sit in front) then go to a heel
 

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I'm only in 4-H obedience so not much help,lol. Just wanted to say good luck!!


Here are the things we have to do though(maybe some of it is the same?)

- Long sit for a minute
-Long down-3 minutes
-Heel
-come when called(sit in front) then go to a heel
Well next year is just going to be 4H for me! So that will really help lol. I'm assuming the long sit is just sitting for a minute, long down is just lying down for 3 minutes. Then heeling, does it matter what side they are on?
 

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Well next year is just going to be 4H for me! So that will really help lol. I'm assuming the long sit is just sitting for a minute, long down is just lying down for 3 minutes. Then heeling, does it matter what side they are on?
yes, the left side!! Also when you stop the dog is to sit. I have the show this saturday. I can have my friend record it and then I can send it to you, to show you what we have to do.

Are you going to do agility,also? I am and in my club we didn't practice much but I am already hooked :D

Is your dog an Aussie? There are 3 in my class and they are so focused on their handlers at all times! It is kind of scary,hahaha
 

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Something I forgot to add

-Stand for exam. You have to stand your dog and have him stay. You go to the end of your leash and then a judge walks around your dog feeling/touch him ect.. My dog HATES strangers walking around the bakc of him, he freaks out. So he does it fine with me, family members ext.. but not other people. So I know I will be getting a lot of points of because of that.
 

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yes, the left side!! Also when you stop the dog is to sit. I have the show this saturday. I can have my friend record it and then I can send it to you, to show you what we have to do.

Are you going to do agility,also? I am and in my club we didn't practice much but I am already hooked :D

Is your dog an Aussie? There are 3 in my class and they are so focused on their handlers at all times! It is kind of scary,hahaha
Alright! I started teaching him heel last night but was using the right side. So it won't be hard to switch with him.
And that'd be great! I found a video on Youtube about 4H obedience, but not a ton of examples and such.
Yep, gonna use my Aussie for agility. He's EXTREMELY focused as well. The last few aussies we had wasn't as focused as he seems, so it's kinda odd!
Something I forgot to add

-Stand for exam. You have to stand your dog and have him stay. You go to the end of your leash and then a judge walks around your dog feeling/touch him ect.. My dog HATES strangers walking around the bakc of him, he freaks out. So he does it fine with me, family members ext.. but not other people. So I know I will be getting a lot of points of because of that.
Alright Thanks! :)
 

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I will record the dogs that have been doing it longer than me,also(I am a first year). For the first two years you are on leash then you work off-leash. I will get on leash and off leash for you :D
 

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I will record the dogs that have been doing it longer than me,also(I am a first year). For the first two years you are on leash then you work off-leash. I will get on leash and off leash for you :D
Thanks a ton! This will be my last year showing 4H (first year showing dogs). I'm gonna also go up to the dog showing this next week at fair and watch! :)
 

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No problem!! This is my first year in 4-H. It was weird getting my picture taken with 5 and six year olds :p
 

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No problem!! This is my first year in 4-H. It was weird getting my picture taken with 5 and six year olds :p
Lol I bet! It's probably gonna be weird for me next year. I've shown for 3 years counting this year, but only horses!
 

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I got to see a horse practicing for show. It was SO neat!!! I know in my club they put all of us together. The more experienced though just work off-leash the rest of us are on leash.
 

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I got to see a horse practicing for show. It was SO neat!!! I know in my club they put all of us together. The more experienced though just work off-leash the rest of us are on leash.
I see! I could have my aussie ready for off leash I'm sure. Just cause they're so focused and he's already picking up a lot. But I'd rather take him slow and easy.
 

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Good luck at your 4H shows.


I love watching the 4Hers work with their dogs in obedience. A nice change from regular (AKC) competition obedience trials which can be a bit... um... competitive at times (to put it nicely).

Does your 4H club do Rally, also? That's another activity you can get into if your club offers it.
 

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Good luck at yourr 4H shows.


I love watching the 4Hers work with their dogs in obedience. Regular competition obedience trials can be a bit... um... competitive at times (to put it nicely).

Does your 4H club do Rally, also? That's another activity you can get into if your club offers it.
Yep! They do Rally! I don't have an actual club yet. Well I do, but here's the short story. My current club only offers horses. So my plan is to drop the current club next year, join a club that does a lot more stuff (and a lot friendlier and welcoming), and then show dogs for my last year.
 
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