darklingwater Posted November 19, 2013 Report Share Posted November 19, 2013 I'm new on here though not a new BC owner. My current dog is my first BC but I've had him since he was 8 weeks old (he's now almost 2 years). His intelligence continually surprises me and he has made me a BC lover for life! I've worked on all the basic commands with him, either by clicker training or simple "yes/no" commands when he got it right or not. His recall is great, coming back from a full out run with only a short whistle. I'd love to do more training with him but don't have the financial ability at the moment to enroll in classes or with a trainer locally. What I'm wondering is if anyone has any suggestions on training resources for things that I can easily do with him at home. I've never taken part in any official class before and all of my training skills are just what I picked up from growing up with dogs. I'd love to teach him agility or flyball as he is very energetic and eager but I'm not sure how to start. The other thing I was hoping to do was to train Duke to do some things more along the lines of a service dog. He displayed a remarkable instinct this spring by becoming very protective (in a good, non-aggressive way) of me when I was very ill. He would wake me up several times a night to check on me, refusing to go back to bed until I assured him I was ok. He also started staying by my side to help me move positions and to keep an eye on me (I had some fainting spells). I'd like to work with him to build on these traits. I know BC's aren't typically service dogs but since I don't have any animals for him to herd, I thought it might be a good replacement job for him as he always needs something to do. Thoughts, suggestions, opinions? I will eventually be able to take him to a professional class, just not for a few months while my finances are tight. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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