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Old 04-11-2016, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 6 month mal puppy and hes bring trained for personal protection, he knows a lot already and I'm just wonder what everyone ems works on with a 6 month old pup? He knows out. Bite. Bark. Sit. Down. Stand. Wait. Begging of heel and the bigining of the bark and hold. He also knows leave it pretty well. He is hard on a leash. Hes getting better but slowly, I use a head halter when I want him to walk closer to me. I would like to bikejor with him as he gets older so I'm not to upset that he pulls. Let me know what you would work on at this age? I need some inspiration. He is also my first PPD. I am in a shutzhund group but its a ways away and I don't always have money for gas so I do as much as I can at home or around town..
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 6 month mal, were should we be at?

It can vary quite a bit depending on you, the dog and your trainer so WHEN is pretty hard to say.

If the trainer and you are happy with the progress then your doing good.



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Old 04-12-2016, 03:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 6 month mal, were should we be at?

That's an impressive list for 6 months.

personally, not having the heel would be where id be heading back to.
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Old 04-12-2016, 05:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 6 month mal, were should we be at?

Thank you both for you replies, I will go post about myself after this post. I haven't quite got the hang of this sight yet. Iv heard mixed thing about the heel like weather or not its nessesary, he doesn't do a focused heel, hes not going to be in trials or anything fancy, he basicly just knows how to yeild his back end with the turns. I plan on not training the heel for a while untill I do a little more focus or distraction work. He foes well for treats but gets over excited with toys so I'm working on focus around the toys. Sometimes its hard to remember hes still a pup. Since he is my first ppd I have nothing to compare him to. Thank you both again for your replies
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Re: 6 month mal, were should we be at?

Having the heel command is a lot more useful in the real world (even more so with a ppd) then you may think. I don't care for a focused heel either, but I do demand a solid heel under any distraction
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What did you hear about why heeling isn't necessary?

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Old 04-12-2016, 08:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: 6 month mal, were should we be at?

It was the focused part. That's what I ment. Sorry. I ment to say hes learning heel but not the focused part. I'm wanting him to heel but watch the decoy/unwelcome person instead of me, unless I tell him to leave it. Then he is expected to mind his own, the leave it part is for people who decide to run up and pet my dog or stand and stare at us, he is very good at reading other peoples body language they just don't know how to read his.
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Having the heel command is a lot more useful in the real world (even more so with a ppd) then you may think. I don't care for a focused heel either, but I do demand a solid heel under any distraction
Indeed. You never know when you just might need it. Better to have it and never need it, than to need it and not have it.
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Indeed. You never know when you just might need it. Better to have it and never need it, than to need it and not have it.
And that is why I have it.....
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Old 04-12-2016, 11:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Re: 6 month mal, were should we be at?

Don't sweat the focused heel if your not going to compete.

I started formal obedience in the mid 60s and even the top level trainers weren't using it then so it was still pretty "new" by the early 80s.

I use a formal "heel" for AKC OB and Schutzhund but for daily obedience I use a "With me" that I learned when I started herding with my now 12 + yr old GSD.

If the dog stays within 2-5 feet of me with that then we're good.

Any sort of heel, a rock solid recall and a rock solid down can get most anything done for the "average" dog.
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