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I am so jealous of those of you who have a weekly competition class you can attend. There is nothing where I live for either obedience or agility (or anything else except conformation). Classes in my area consists of Petsmart, a former Petsmart trainer now doing in-home lessons, or the kennel club's jerk the choke chain, no food allowed CGC class.I graduated with my puppy last night from Petsmart Puppy Kindergarten. I told the trainer there ahead of time that all I really wanted from the class was to get my dog used to working around other dogs, and checked to make sure it would be okay if I didn't follow their curriculum. So last night, after the other dogs showed off the skills they had learned in class (many of which I haven't yet begun to teach my pup), Flip and I got up and showed the tricks we have been working on: walking backwards, spin and twist, chase a treat and race back, tug a toy and release, etc. I don't think the others quite got the point of it all, but we still got to put on a graduation cap and take a picture (I cared more about the putting on the cap at this point than the picture....I want him exposed to everything!) And now I'm back with no weekly class to attend.I guess there's not much point to this post other than to tell those of you who have good instructors that offer weekly classes how lucky you are!
 

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I'm planning his training now with the goal of him being a future OTCH. I look at what I did when I started training my other dogs and the mistakes I made, and I'm trying not to repeat them. So yes, he does know a sit, but he has a tendency to want to do a rock back sit at this point, so I'm only setting him up in situations that would cause him to do a tuck sit. At this point if I just stood near him and told him to sit, he would be too likely to do a rock back sit, and I don't want to practice wrong behaviors. Petsmart teaches a down from a sit, which I have decided my pup will never ever be allowed to do (I have fought with other dogs the problem of wanting to always sit before a down in the ring and it's a pain). He is learning a nice fold back drop from a stand.My expectation of stay is "do not move even a toe nail." While I think it is possible for a very active, drivey dog to do that at this age for a very short amount of time, I don't think it's in his best interest. I would rather wait a couple of months when he is better able to focus his brain for longer than a nano-second, when I think it is more fair to ask for perfection.He does know the meaning of "come," which is where the throw the treat and come racing back comes in. Since he doesn't have a stay yet, I just throw the treat across the room and then say come as soon as he gets to it. That also will teach a fast, tight turn for retrieves later.All of the "tricks" he is learning now will be used later in his obedience training, either building upon the skill or used as a stress reliever. For items that take focus to accomplish, I would rather wait until he has some of that focus, because I want to teach him right the first time, not have to go back and reteach the sloppy mistakes he picks up as a puppy. Right now the most important thing to me is that he is learning how to learn, and doing it with a great attitude. It's not so important exactly what he is learning. Just my opinion of course.
 
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