Competitive Obedience

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  1. trevordj

    trevordj Member

    It looks like they finally got the forum fixed!

    Tonks and I are working with a private trainer and joined a club in our area (Rose City Working Dog Association). We are starting to cut our teeth on some early obedience work along with training the formal tug. It is undetermined if we will do any bite work yet, but we will definitely be doing obedience and nose work. This stuff is super fun!

    Here is Tonks working on her foot targeting and pivots. We have the foot targeting on cue and I am cueing her to pivot left and right (all her commands are in Lithuanian because my wife knows the language and speaks it in out house). It really helps avoid ruining commands with people who don't know any better.

     
  2. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    That's very nice!
     
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  3. trevordj

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    Some body awareness exercises at the park today. This is targeting with all four feet (her command is oŇ°ka which means "goat" in lithuanian). In comparison, her command for the front foot targeting is koja which means "foot." This girl is super smart

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  4. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    Omg haha. Keep up the good work.
     
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  5. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    Oh, I love it! You guys are doing amazing! I look forward to watching her progress.
     
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  6. DMikeM

    DMikeM Active Member

    Great job. You will find this breed is very smart and loves to learn new stuff. They do however get bored of repetition quickly. It's best to move from one thing to the next quickly then return to the previous cycle. Body and feet placement are hard for young dogs especially with ones that are growing so fast that they lose track of their feet every day.
     
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  7. trevordj

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  8. trevordj

    trevordj Member

    Sorry, I lost the text I wrote above.



    Definitely, i have seen what you are referring to. She loves to be pushed with new challenges every day.

    Here is a video of her learning to do an obstacle course we made up at a local school. This is just her second time there.


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  9. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    Dang that is an awesome obstacle!! I take Hector on things similar to that, but his back acts up so I don't do much dog parkour. He loves it though which is quite comical to me. Big dog climbing on stuff.
     
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  10. DMikeM

    DMikeM Active Member


    Very nice. I am going to have to make some more obstacles for mine I like your idea for the step up ladder too.
     
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  11. Wendylu

    Wendylu Member

    Tonks is beautiful! Is she named for Nymphadora Tonks? Great idea teaching her commands in another language. I tried Italian but gave up because my pup made her own commands. I have no idea how, but she associated "manners" with sit and "wait" for stay. Works for us and others that try to tell her to sit are puzzled why she won't listen to them.
     
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  12. trevordj

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    Thank you! She is a very special dog, both in looks and temperament. Yes, she is named from Harry Potter, her full name is Banderal Nymphadora Tonks. Her name just seems to fit with her personality.

    Lithuanian works for us on a couple levels. My wife is Lithuanian and she speaks it to our two small children (8 months old and 3.5 years old). Teaching the dog in Lithuanian has helped me learn the language with the kids. It also helps me be patient with naming commands. I have to think of a behavior I want to teach her, lure it/capture it/shape it, ask my wife how to say the behavior, and then add the cue. It helps me slow down and be deliberate with the words I teach her. Lastly, it definitely helps so other people don't ruin her training with their incessant requests for her to sit. She just ignores them :).
     
  13. trevordj

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    Just some more pictures. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  14. trevordj

    trevordj Member

    She is 5.5 months old, 80lb and looks nice and lean. She's a pretty dog, looks just like her mama


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  15. TWW

    TWW Well-Known Member

    Great work.
     
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