|Barked: Sun May 5, '13 9:21am PST |
|Onyx is correct, you shouldn't be doing high impact training with a large breed puppy, but there is tons of foundation work that you can be doing.
My large breed dogs (berners) started training in agility as puppies. This involves body awareness work, basic obedience and most importantly, building a bond and working relationship with your dog. Teaching a love for work though games and play is also a great way to start agility training. As for actual skills - there is an endless amount of things you can teach without having your dog on any equipment - crosses on the flat, acceleration, deceleration, directional cues, distance work, circle work. You can teach so many other skills with just a tunnel and a couple jumps with the bar on the ground. Keep training short and fun and by the time your dog is mature enough to get on full equipment, he will have all the foundations needed to be off to a great start.
To give you some sort of time line - Bosley (a lean 95 pounds mature weight) started agility foundations as a puppy, started training on full equipment (full jump height, full size contacts, weave training) at about 18 months (full height jumps and weaves were a bit later), and was nearly 3 when he started competing. It took that long for him to mature enough in both body and mind before I felt he was ready to compete.
Edited by author Sun May 5, '13 9:24am PST
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