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How far we go will depend on me, because my dog is awesome. I'm just learning. We'll take it one step at a time and see how it goes.


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That's how I feel too, I am so terrible with my two left feet and horrible coordination.. But I'm really trying. How could it be possible that it is harder to train a human than a dog (in my case)? Lol. All I know is we're going to go as far as possible but the most important thing is that we're going to have so much fun the whole way there.


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Someday you might want to think about going to an AKC obedience event. See the dogs and trainers. There will be some that are just awesome. But don't get intimidated. If you have a Golden Retriever, the best dog breed in the world, you already have a head start!
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That's how I feel too, I am so terrible with my two left feet and horrible coordination.. But I'm really trying. How could it be possible that it is harder to train a human than a dog (in my case)? Lol. All I know is we're going to go as far as possible but the most important thing is that we're going to have so much fun the whole way there.


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Well, we have to start somewhere. There's nothing like the feeling when you've been working on something, and everything clicks, and your dog gets it.

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just another opinion here


The proper distance for a front is, according to the rule book I believe, so that you could easily touch the dog without bending over. I laugh when I see that, because what if you have a short dog? But in the case of a golden, that's a few inches from your toes. I do NOT like the dog to touch me, because if you have one that comes flying in on the recall and you want him to touch you, well, you are setting yourself up for being sent sprawling on your rear as he plows into you, unable to stop.
I think you're thinking of being able to touch them without stepping forward. Bending/not bending doesn't go into the equation. But that's just to determine if the front is passable or not. Your dog can be close enough to touch but still get scored for being too far away.

The best distance for fronts is as close as you can get them without letting them touch you. Touching you is also scorable.

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Found this short, simple video and implemented hand signals. I wasn't doing it exactly right earlier, but after 15 minutes and a whole stick of string cheese, Bella is finishing (both left and right) on command!

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now we need a video of you guys doing it



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now we need a video of you guys doing it
Ha ha. We'll see.

I don't know why, but she loves doing the finishes. I could probably do it for an hour, and she wouldn't get bored. Problem is, she's so excited, she charges in and runs into me with crooked fronts almost every time. These are just 20 ft recalls in my house. I might have to skip the recall, and just do it like the video shows for a few days.


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Here's some videos I made last year working fronts with my boys. This is pretty standard front training for me. (Conner was retired by this time, I just let him have a turn because he saw Flip work and he wanted a turn too)




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Here's some videos I made last year working fronts with my boys. This is pretty standard front training for me. (Conner was retired by this time, I just let him have a turn because he saw Flip work and he wanted a turn too)



Where did you get those sticks?


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You can get them at any home improvement store, they're dowel sticks.

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