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So proud of Charlie - he passed the "Control" level of obedience training last night; he was on fire.

He had to do the following with no more than 2 mistakes:

- On-leash heeling patterns with multiple direction changes
- Drop on the move (i.e. on command he drops and stays while I keep walking)
- 5 minute drop-stay
- 2 minute sit-stay
- Sit, Stand and Drop on voice command
- Sit, Stand and Drop on hand-signal only
- Informal recall (respond to "Come" command from 15m and sit in front of me)
- Formal Recall (respond to "Heel" command from 15m and return to stand at heel)
- Stay in position (either sit or drop) and turn away from treats held out by trainer. He failed this one (my boy loves his food) and was very interestedly sniffing the trainers hand but after a sharp "ah ah" from me he backed right off. This was his only mistake all night.

So now it's up to the "Advanced" level of training which is almost all off-lead training. The trainer did say that Charlie may never pass this level as typically smaller breeds don't have the attention span / staying power required. But we both love the training and dog interaction so we're going to give it a go.
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sounds like he is doing just wonderful!! Keep up the good work!

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Congratulations to both of you!



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Congratulations, Charlie. Sounds like you did a great job. Don't blame you on the treats though. Must be pretty hard to resist. Keep up the good work


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So proud of Charlie - he passed the "Control" level of obedience training last night; he was on fire.

He had to do the following with no more than 2 mistakes:

- On-leash heeling patterns with multiple direction changes
- Drop on the move (i.e. on command he drops and stays while I keep walking)
- 5 minute drop-stay
- 2 minute sit-stay
- Sit, Stand and Drop on voice command
- Sit, Stand and Drop on hand-signal only
- Informal recall (respond to "Come" command from 15m and sit in front of me)
- Formal Recall (respond to "Heel" command from 15m and return to stand at heel)
- Stay in position (either sit or drop) and turn away from treats held out by trainer. He failed this one (my boy loves his food) and was very interestedly sniffing the trainers hand but after a sharp "ah ah" from me he backed right off. This was his only mistake all night.

So now it's up to the "Advanced" level of training which is almost all off-lead training. The trainer did say that Charlie may never pass this level as typically smaller breeds don't have the attention span / staying power required. But we both love the training and dog interaction so we're going to give it a go.
Good for both of you!!!

I would take her comment on attention soan with a grain of salt. Kodi has been working primarily off leash in competition since he was about 2 1/2.


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Good for both of you!!!

I would take her comment on attention soan with a grain of salt. Kodi has been working primarily off leash in competition since he was about 2 1/2.
I concur with Karen. The trainer's comment that small dogs don't have the attention span / staying power required is not valid. Emmie does much better in her competition obedience classes off-leash than many of the bigger dogs.

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Thanks everyone.

Karen, I had Kodi in mind when he said this and thought "we'll show you"

Good for you Jeanne and Emmie. We've been training with German Shepherds for a while now and Charlie is a lot better than many of them.

Of course the dog's temperament is important but it's also clear to see the difference it makes if the handler understands the dog and puts in the training time outside class.
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Thanks everyone.

Karen, I had Kodi in mind when he said this and thought "we'll show you"

Good for you Jeanne and Emmie. We've been training with German Shepherds for a while now and Charlie is a lot better than many of them.

Of course the dog's temperament is important but it's also clear to see the difference it makes if the handler understands the dog and puts in the training time outside class.
Show him this photo, and tell him that Kodi was only 2 years 4 months old at the time. This was in competition, not training. He has only gotten better since then.
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What a beautiful photo. Even thought we can't see Kodi's face it really captures the intensity of his focus as well as his flowing movement.

We just train for fun so we'll keep on going for as long as we are both enjoying it. Of course we love having a well-trained dog - my husband often tells me what a pleasure he is to walk because he behaves so well.

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What a beautiful photo. Even thought we can't see Kodi's face it really captures the intensity of his focus as well as his flowing movement.

We just train for fun so we'll keep on going for as long as we are both enjoying it. Of course we love having a well-trained dog - my husband often tells me what a pleasure he is to walk because he behaves so well.
He's doing so well, though, that you should consider trying your hand at obedience competition. It's really fun!!!


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