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QUESTIONS REGARDING PUPPY BEHAVIORAL CONCERNS (less than 4 mos of age) are better placed in the Main Forum or the Puppy Madness Groups.  Once our Doodles reach the age of four to five months, they are ready to begin their obedience training, and this is the place to share experiences.



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First OB Trial coming this month for Boca!

Boca and I are signed up for our first Obedience trial.  We are going to try for a leg toward a Companion Dog title...eeek!Last week I called a trainer and popped in to her class before it started for a run through.  She had never seen us train/work before and felt like we were going to pass.  Though Boca completely was distracted and failed 2 out of her 3 recalls -- UGH.  I had my kids with me in a gym none of us had been in before.  And once my kids left the building to go play outside, Boca…

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2 Replies · Reply by Adina Mar 2

My first "Fun" Match!

The family and I spent a whole 4 hrs at a Fun Match at a training club an hour away.  It was really great that I did this because I would have bombed horribly at a real obedience trial.  So many little things you don't realize until you've practiced outside your bubble.  And I'm not talking distractions, but what you can and can't do with your hands, best way to approach a figure 8, that you should bring a crate, etc.   Boca and I participated in Novice Obedience and Beginner's Novice.  Novice…

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17 Replies · Reply by Adina Jan 14

Reinforcing unwanted behavior

I have a weird one, that seriously isn't the end of the world. But I keep thinking about the behavior and the "reward" and how I know I'm reinforcing this behavior, and I can't figure it out. I don't know how to *not* reinforce it. I just think it's an interesting exercise in dog behavior and cause and effect.Willow wakes up and (I assume) decides that it's time for me to wake up too. Hint: it's not. From the floor she tugs at the side of the blankets. *Tug tug tug.* If I ignore her she will…

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8 Replies · Reply by Nellie's Mom Jan 14

Interesting Training Video

Over the past several years my training philosophy has continuously evolved.  Some of that evolution has been driven by the vastly different temperaments and capabilities of the dogs I was training, some was due to the constantly changing "dog training fads", and part was due to my own growth in understanding of my dogs and their unique needs and abilities to learn (or even to WANT to learn).  I've embraced some "punishment based" strategies as I struggled with trying to work with my severly…

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  • Maggie and Stacy, you rock!!!!

  • Congratulations Stacy and Maggie!

  • Congratulations! I'm so happy for both of you! Well done!

  • Guess who got their Novice Trick Dog title tonight!?! Yup, it's Maggie. 

    I Still Believe In Magic CGC, TKN

    I am so incredibly proud of my girl. She's really learning to be brave. She loves riding in the car and going to class. And this was just the best confidence building and socialization class. My shy girl was making friends and letting strangers pet her. She's learning to live her best life. 

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