|Barked: Fri Oct 5, '12 10:12pm PST |
|Not to sound like a broken record, but... have fun!! I've got a great instructor right now, and she's big on letting the dog enjoy it, making sure they look forward to it. She often states that in the first year or more of training, she doesn't care if her own dogs miss every single jump there is. Just encourage and keep going, you never want to let that enthusiasm level go down!
It's also a sport that focuses as much on the handler as the dog. If anything, I feel often times like I'm the one slowing her down. That's something you'll likely encounter the further along you go in training.
Also, like Czarka said... OB helps a LOT. Miyu's got her CGC too, but there are times when I look at the other dogs and think that we need to work on some more advanced OB, like off leash heeling and distance downs and stuff! It can't ever hurt, to have a dog who's more well versed in that stuff, as you'll have to be able to control them when off leash on your runs as well. Though really, it's not the runs themselves, it's the befores and afters. Zoomies, anyone?
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