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Smarty goes to school

12 weeks: Smarty started to school this week and she was a star!!! She took to the leash and clicker so fast. Most of the dogs were much larger, older and totally out of hand. She did not realize she was smaller and looked at some of them with a "what's your problem?" look. I hope she will go into agility.

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Thats why she is called "Smarty"

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Great !! It sounds like Smarty knows her stuff. Too cute!




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Shelby went to Puppy Class last night and did great. We are doing agility now. Last night we continued with jumps and started tunnels. We also do recall, where the trainer holds your dog, you go to the other side of the room and call your dog. When the dog gets to you, you "sit" it and then "down". She learned so fast.

This past Sunday, we went to a fun B-Match and I put Kodi through the agility course. He never did it before, but he was a pro. I was so proud of him.

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Very cool! What do they do first in your clicker training?
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The training was devised for dophins. When they do what you want you treat and click, it is a form of positive reinforcement. Smarty will do anything for her liver so she probably would work without the clicker. She was sitting and going down in a matter of minutes. Walking on a loose leash is something we worked on when I first got her. In 3 weeks we all have to have a new trick. Something the dog may do naturally, but with treat and click do on command. I'm thinking of wild dog having a fit or destroy the house plants.

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I've been clicker training here at home. Ricky learned things SO quickly, still does! Sammy, on the other hand..... lol I didn't have Sammy with us until he was 7 months old and he didn't know very much, so we are working on it.

I SOOOOO want to take classes with these guys, but they get car sick! There are two places that work with methods I like and are highly recommended, but they are FAR, too far for two car sick pups that is. I find it terribly frustrating that I can't go to where I'd like to go. There is a new class starting up at my local pet food shop, which is right around the corner. I called the instructor to get a feel for the guy and it sounds o.k. Not great, but o.k. Do we join anyway?? $110/pup adds up, so I HOPE this class will be good for us. Once we get basic obedience down, then I want to do Agility very badly.

I love hearing about all your dogs that are enjoying these classes and agility, etc... but I am very envious, I have to say.




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Car sickness would be rough. Do they ride in a crate or loose? My daughter found with her dog if she rode in a crate she was fine, loose in the car she through-up on every thing. Maybe your vet can help. My son took classes at Pet Smart, he has a standard poodle he tells every one it is a "German Water Retreaver" because poodles are not manly, and she did very well with the class. Agility is where I would like to go. It just looks like so much fun.

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Smarty, so was "sit" the first thing they taught?

I was asking because I've already started clicker training the four-week-old puppies here. We are just in the conditioning phase of getting them to realize that click=treat, but they definitely have that part down now. I don't plan to move to "sit" for a few more weeks and have some other things to teach them first, but I wondered what they do first in a class.

Marj, that would be very frustrating. Is it an anxiety problem? If so, I don't know if this is such a great idea, but I've heard recommendations of giving them something to calm them about 30 minutes before getting in the car so you can break the cycle of getting in the car, getting anxious, getting sick and round and round.

Marj, one other thought... if you can break the upset cycle, I wondered if you could use your clicker training to reward them for making it around the block without getting sick and slowly expand their range for handling it in the car. If it motion sickness, then it wouldn't do any good to treat them for it though.
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Kimberly, yes, sit was the first command. Then down, on loose leash was third. You will be ahead of the game starting your puppies so early.

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