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Video of Kodi's Level 2 run

For your entertainment! (sorry for the direct view of my butt in the beginning... that's what you get when you hand a camera to a total stranger!)



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Wow, that ring is as big as the one I ran this weekend with Dickson. Great job!!! Thanks for sharing.
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Wow, that ring is as big as the one I ran this weekend with Dickson. Great job!!! Thanks for sharing.
Oh, do you have video of Dickson? We'd love to see it! How did he do? What level are you running?

Re: the size, yeah, APDT courses are a lot longer than AKC courses, so they need more space. Now that he heels well, I like the more open courses, though. They don't feel as cramped.


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Good going! Love Kodi's exuberance! Since our first class, where Augie ran amok off leash, he has been doing great. I think little brother has helped use some of that excess energy! It is much easier off leash than on, I think. In class, it seems like all our dogs do better off leash.

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I will have to agree with the off leash. I think Dickson certainly loves being off leash. It is hard with him on leash.
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Karen - We just completed Level 1A. We are now in Level 1B, since Dickson is soooo not ready for Level 2. We're just doing AKC Advanced and I think that APDT Level 2 is much harder than AKC. Now I have to figure out where to get the next 9 legs for Dickson to earn his Level 1B title. The club we participated in only holds an APDT trial once a year . . . time to travel out-of-state and out of our area, but that's good practice for Dickson.
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Great job! I love Kodi's enthusiasm!

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Good going! Love Kodi's exuberance! Since our first class, where Augie ran amok off leash, he has been doing great. I think little brother has helped use some of that excess energy! It is much easier off leash than on, I think. In class, it seems like all our dogs do better off leash.
I agree! Once they've really got the idea of heeling, off leash is easier. Unfortunately, you've still got to get through Novice (or Level 1) before they allow you to work off leash (and then the exercises are harder!) so don't stop practicing with the leash too!

What I've found with Kodi is that when he was REALLY ready for Level 2, the on-leash stuff was easier too, because it simply became superfluous. If he's really heeling tight (where he should be) the leash is completely slack anyway, and has no influence on him one way or the other.


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What a STAR he is, Karen, just a great job.

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Karen - We just completed Level 1A. We are now in Level 1B, since Dickson is soooo not ready for Level 2. We're just doing AKC Advanced and I think that APDT Level 2 is much harder than AKC. Now I have to figure out where to get the next 9 legs for Dickson to earn his Level 1B title. The club we participated in only holds an APDT trial once a year . . . time to travel out-of-state and out of our area, but that's good practice for Dickson.
We have just one more level for our level 1 championship, but we're lucky that have a lot of APDT trials in our area. We did exactly what you are planning. Kodi got his Level 1 title in his first 3 trials over two weekends. He was only 15 months old and WAY not ready to move on to Level 2. That's one of the things I like about APDT, there are always other titles and combined titles you can work toward, even if your dog isn't ready to move up.

I really have to look into what AKC trials are in the fall and see if we can get our AKC Advanced done too. We're also preparing for our AKC Beginner Novice Obedience. He's close, but not quite ready for that. (and I've got to get used to not talking to him so much!)

Where are you? There are a lot of APDT trials here in New England, and I've heard there are quite a few in the NJ area too.

The new thing coming to our area is CDSP Obedience. (it used to be St. Hubert's) It's harder than AKC Beginner Novice, but doesn't have the long sits and downs that AKC has. It has an "honor" stay, like AKC Rally Excellent, but their whole philosophy is that they never want two dogs off leash in the ring at the same time. I think I'll feel safer with that. We'll probably eventually do AKC obedience beyond Beginner Novice too, but I think we'll probably do it at the Toy Dog Cluster we have here in MA. Then he'll only be sitting loose with dogs who can't, potentially, eat him.

We want to see Dickson's title photo when you get it!!!


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