sinman Posted April 28, 2015 Report Share Posted April 28, 2015 I recently obtained an 8 month old BC puppy from a rescue group in my area. They had him listed as a BC mix of course because they can't guarantee anything, but I would say he's pretty high content if not full bred. I am a dog trainer looking to strike out on my own, so my plans are to make him my demo dog. I want to at least title him up to CD/CDX in competitive obedience; not sure if I want to go for UDX or his OTCh. After 4 weeks of inconsistent training (we worked pretty regularly for the first 1-2 weeks I had him and I'm starting to revisit the daily sessions now) I would say overall he is a very good house dog; basically potty trained (still working on holding it overnight sometimes if I sleep late), he'll sit and down fairly reliably and I do trust him off-leash--his recall is the most rock solid thing about him, although sometimes he does make me use my "angry" voice if there's a squirrel in a tree nearby. He knows a handful of other commands, "wait", "leave it", "easy" (for playing with the cat), etc. I would say the two biggest things I'm having an issue with are heeling, both on and off leash, and his "fronts" or the comefore. He is a very submissive dog, and he will lean on me if he's unsure about something, but he really doesn't like being close to me for the sake of being close. It's so strange--this dog had to sleep on my neck the first week I had him but if I ask him to sit riiiight in front of me, he can't do it. He prefers to sit at least 3 inches away. I would say I lean more into the "traditional" methods of training, but I don't do straight compulsion. I am trying using a clicker with him and have had some small successes in targeting the heel, but what other exercises (are there any) to boost his confidence so he feels comfortable enough to sit in front of me and look up, and walk next to me without leaning? Are my expectations too high for an 8 month old? I don't plan on even thinking about showing until he's at least a year old so that gives me till the end of the summer. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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