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Old 12-30-2016, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
David Ruby
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Education Materials & Tips for Raising a Working Pup

Short version: We recently had to put our American Bulldog down, so I find myself in the position of getting a pup sooner than expected (although it will be a while). I also realized I have not started a puppy since learning this whole dog training thing, and would like to educate myself on starting a working pup to hit the ground running once I get the little monster.

Long version: In addition to the above...I like Michael Ellis' approach a bunch, and as such, I am looking for resources (videos & books) to check out that might help me be as informed as possible. And maybe kill some time doing dog stuff. If there are any specific videos/products from Ellis or the like (usually Balabanov gets mentioned here) that are good to start with, I am all ears.

Also, and this may or may not matter, I'll likely be getting another Bulldog, just because I like them and there is a particular breeding coming up that I am pretty keen on. I know I will have to make adjustments compared to a high-drive Belgian or Dutch Shepherd. The particular venue (and level) I train for will depend on the dog, and I would like to foster as much drive, confidence, and cooperation in the dog as possible, however this will be a working pet. As much as I can, I plan on doing bitework and other sports (just Rally, OB, maybe barn hunting, whatever) at as high a level as possible and being a good working pet and in line with what the dog is a good fit.

Usual caveats, I have and am friends with dog trainers, and have a good idea with whom I would be doing the bitework training and bitework if the dog ends up a good match for all of that. This is more so I can pony up on the foundation training stuff, and self-educate a bit more before I get to any formal dog training, and because I enjoy doing and learning about dog training.

That long-winded post out of the way, any good suggestions to add to the list or places to start first?

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