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      The Key to a Well Trained Dog is Planning Intentional Experiences

      http://momentum.puppypeaks.com/video..._campaign=PLC1

      This popped up in my email and I thought lots of folks would appreciate a look see. There have been a couple of questions on the board about what and how and how soon to start training a new puppy, which the link deals with in part. It's also got good, fun ideas on teaching a retrieve. Of course it applies to all age dogs, not just puppies.

      Tell me you don't laugh out loud and get a spark of recognition starting at 5:14 minutes.



      I am not connected in any way with this person but she has quite the reputation and it's free lessons for us.

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      Excellent. I don't do Ob or agility... but even/especially for a pet dog, the idea that a puppy is ALWAYS learning is vital. The only issue is whether pup is learning behaviors that make him a good companion/family member or not. That is totally up to the owner.

      I also like that she addressed the unfortunate issue of people thinking their young adult dog is incorrigible when in fact, they've simply spent the first months of their lives learning the wrong behaviors... the ones the owner didn't intend them to learn... and the dog ends up in a shelter.

      Very good clip

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      oh I would love a puppy raised like this litter (plus they are dang cute). I have been following her posts.

      I did Susan's recallers program last year so have been following her since then. I watched the first part of the video and it was interesting. I do feel like when I get my puppy (one day) I will feel HIGHLY STRESSED by all the things to do (and do right) to ensure they are "all they can be" LOL!

      I find her free videos great Though I paid for the full recallers program (and likely will next time it pops up if the "previous buyer discount" is interesting enough.

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      Bump. Curious to see if you employed/employ running away from your pup as part of the training as is done in the video?

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      Great video!

      Archie is not the best at returning a toy to me. As part of teaching him the names of toys, I would throw the toy and he would bring it back half way. I ended up doing the retrieving. So, now, along with teaching the names, he must bring it back to me before I continue the game. Stinker will bring it half way back then stand there looking at me, I guess to see if I've learned retrieve, LOL. I tell him to bring me the _______ and wait. He now gives the toy a little bump and play and brings it back. When he won't bring the toy back, game over.

      I do need to work him with a long lead as half the time he'll zoom past me looking for me to chase. No way buddy.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      Bump. Curious to see if you employed/employ running away from your pup as part of the training as is done in the video?
      I did with Maxx and I am very proud to say his recall is as close to perfect as I have ever had in a dog. The word I use just for emergency/immediate recall brings him to me at a speed that impresses me. I will say he is a mama's boy though and rarely lets me out of his site. I am not sure if this is why he responds so well but I will take it however I can get it!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Tanya View Post
      oh I would love a puppy raised like this litter (plus they are dang cute). I have been following her posts.

      I did Susan's recallers program last year so have been following her since then. I watched the first part of the video and it was interesting. I do feel like when I get my puppy (one day) I will feel HIGHLY STRESSED by all the things to do (and do right) to ensure they are "all they can be" LOL!

      I find her free videos great Though I paid for the full recallers program (and likely will next time it pops up if the "previous buyer discount" is interesting enough.

      At the risk of taking a turn away from the post, I have to admit that this post reminds me so much of this inner conflict I have!

      On one hand, I look at my dogs, who I got at 9 months, and 3-4 years old, and I soooooo wish that I had been around the younger version of them so I could teach them the right things at the right time, and make some aspects of training so much easier now!

      On the other hand, the thought of raising a puppy and doing all of those right things at the right time overwhelms me to the extent that I have to admit that at least at this point in my life, I am not ready for a puppy.

      At some point though, just once, I would like to have a well bred puppy who I can give all the right attention to from the beginning, and mold into what I think a dog should be... but whew! I know that for me now is not the time. And I think that when I do, I will for sure need some kind of support group!!

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      Quote Originally Posted by K10 View Post
      At the risk of taking a turn away from the post, I have to admit that this post reminds me so much of this inner conflict I have!

      On one hand, I look at my dogs, who I got at 9 months, and 3-4 years old, and I soooooo wish that I had been around the younger version of them so I could teach them the right things at the right time, and make some aspects of training so much easier now!

      On the other hand, the thought of raising a puppy and doing all of those right things at the right time overwhelms me to the extent that I have to admit that at least at this point in my life, I am not ready for a puppy.

      At some point though, just once, I would like to have a well bred puppy who I can give all the right attention to from the beginning, and mold into what I think a dog should be... but whew! I know that for me now is not the time. And I think that when I do, I will for sure need some kind of support group!!
      Haha. Oddly I was listening to a podcat chat between trainers and I realized that - no matter what you can't get a perfect dog. Even if you pick the right lies, right breeder, right puppy, super positively raised and socialised and you do your bit - dogs will have their persoanality and that's ok But still, stressful!

      I have and will continue to adopt rescue dogs (my two were adopted) but I plan to get a lab puppy from a good breeder. I want to do it with all the odds on my side just once and get the FULL puppy experience at least once. This may be my next dog (but timing may not work we'll see, hard when you are single and work full time outside the house to do teh puppy thing without having to pay up the ying yang for a daily dog walker and such).

      Rocky came to me when he was 18 months. He actually doesn't have any behavioural issues. He is mellow so not my "competition dog" and that's fine. He humored me thru all kinds of classes which allowed me to learn the sport without having to reign in a fast dog - so really a plus.

      Penny we think was around 9-12 months when I got her. She is a good girl, more drive to be my competition dog. But as she hit maturity she started some bad behaviours with other dogs. She plays super rough and isn't reliable enough for the dog park. Which is a huge bummer for me. Not that I go daily but I like to go out with friends and their dogs to the parks. She IS a herding breed (and some terrier) so it's not that unexpected i guess. she dose innapropriate greetings (stalks then rushes - generally she will sorta duck away from hitting them at the last minute but she has fully body slammed dogs and jumped over small dogs causing them to roll over and squeak).

      And I have strugged adn strugged and strugged with recall for both. To the point I wonder if dispite all my reading and classes it's something about me that makes the dogs so bad.

      All that to say, I would hope with a puppy I coudl avoid some of the issues i have had (as well as good temperment).

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tanya View Post

      Penny we think was around 9-12 months when I got her. She is a good girl, more drive to be my competition dog. But as she
      And I have strugged adn strugged and strugged with recall for both. To the point I wonder if dispite all my reading and classes it's something about me that makes the dogs so bad.
      LOL, well, I only know you from this board but, I have the utmost confidence in saying, If this is true Lord help the rest of us. I can't imagine anyone works harder at training a dog than you do. You and Penny will find your groove, I'm sure of it.

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      Haha my friend says the same thing. But then I see people who do NADA to train and theri dogs come when called. Sigh. Her recall isn't that bad, my definition of "listens when called" is pretty high which I know is the biggest difference between me and others.

      Back to the topic, I havent had the chance to finish the video, have been meaning too. The big I was watching made sense I totally agree training requires you to set up situations the dog can succeed at.

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