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About ChurchFarmer

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  • Birthday 10/17/1997

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    Cookeville, TN
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    Agility, Fly ball, Trick Training

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  1. I'll try that. That is originally how I taught her how to back up on command (Just doesn't like backing up onto things). I'll try it some more with the narrow hallway but with something behind her. On the confidence topic, She is a very shy and timid dog towards everything: people, dogs, new environments, etc. She's getting better every day, but I feel as if doing "challenging" things can help boost her confidence. For example, when I first started teaching her touch on command, she was very scared to touch whatever object I put in front of her, but now she does it with ease, even with loud crinkly aluminum foil. She will even put her two front paws on a skateboard and move it a little. We've worked on stays and other things we are doing in class in very distracting environments like the public park and in our yard where cars are zooming by and students walking to class. We are only on week 3/8 of class starting tonight. I like that we are doing very minimal obstacles because I do want to start off on the right foot. Even the instructor has said that we really only do that in Foundations 1 because people tend to think that you need to introduce these things to your dog in the very beginning and sometimes they get frustrated or uninterested when you don't. I think the classes have helped her (and me) so far, even with the small amount of time we have spent there. She seems to be improving inside and outside of class and I do my best to work on the "homework" from class every week, but sometimes I get stumped.
  2. Hi, I have started taking a Foundations 1 class with my BC, Bella, and I just have a couple of concerned questions about teaching her to do certain things. The trainer in the class has done a great job explaining what we should be working on, we aren't doing any obstacles except tunnel and a jump on the lowest height possible. I think she does this mainly so we can introduce our dogs to it, plus people sometimes complain when you don't get to do any obstacles at all. I think this is fine because Bella needs some serious confidence building (Also, Bella and another dog in the class are less than 7 months old). I'm mainly interested in the foundation training part first anyway. She has a decent stay, can spin right and left on cue and is responsive to my hand cues. We play the "chase me" game where I throw the toy and try to race her to the toy then throw a party when we get there. I can even throw the ball and have her stay until I reach the ball then release her to come get it (I think that's her favorite). For the life of me, I CANNOT get her to back up onto a surface. I have tried to use like a flat box lid and all she wants to do is put her front paws on it then step off and do back paws. Do you guys think this is okay, will it mes her up in the future? Any recommendations?
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