Good for you! While you'll get alot of new stuff thrown at you the meat and potatoes at this level is attention...how to get it and how to keep it....whether you're standing still or on the move. You're going to have some fun and you'll learn alot!
We are definitely having a good time. I was incredibly frustrated with him at the beginning of the first class, but I realized that would get us nowhere. It's fun and even if he never titles in obedience, he's the best daggum dog ever to me.Sounds like it's going well and more importantly y'all are having FUN.
Yep, remember if you want to go on to compete, NEVER settle for less than perfect. Insist that all fronts, finishes, sits at heel, etc be straight and fast.
You might want to make a chute and use that for his fronts after his recall.
No broad jumps for us yet. In fact, I am pretty sure that those are not introduced until Advanced Obedience, which is by invitation only. I will ask the training director (who is my instructor) about that though.Do you have a broad jump yet?
You can make a chute out of two broad jump jumps, PVC, two good sized pieces of wood, etc.
Basically you set the chute up with one end a little wider than the other end, and call the dog through it - you stand at the opening of the narrow end. Because it's a barrier on both sides, it gives the dog little choice but to sit straight in front. Muscle memory. I'm not explaining it well, but I will dig our more info for you tomorrow.