I was thrilled to have you and Ed at the trial cheering Jackson and I on to his Mondioring 3 title. I can't believe he earned the highest score ever for a MR3 dog in the US. I was very proud of him! I can't wait to see Dante, and the rest of the litter, follow in their Father's footsteps.
Donna Matey & Jackson du Loups du Soleil FR3 MR3
oh mahn five hours would be a blessing. i would go evrey weekend. i have to take a $1700.00 dollar 3 hour flight to Ottawa then rent a van for two weeks and drive at least 10 hours to my final destination.
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It's not feasable for me to make the trip to fundy (5 hours) everytime I want to train.
I did conteact them, and I will go check them out, but ready French ring is what I want to do.
I agree it would be difficult to travel 5 hours to train with a schutzhund club, and title a dog in Schutzhund 1-2-3.
I suppose you'd likely make it to Fundy once a month or twice month, during which you'd have access to one of the leading training directors in schutzhund in the continent, and be among a core group of very effective dog trainers, several with multiple Sch. III dogs.
The rest of the time you'd be on your own or training with a friend or two in Hfx.
Under these conditions, to title a schutzhund dog would be a very impressive achievement.
IMO it would be even more difficult to train French Ring in a city without a club at all nearby and no one around to point out all the many and varied ways mistakes can be made training dogs.
If you were successful at getting a Fr. Ring title on a dog under these conditions, I would be amazed and very impressed.
If it were me, I'd be giving serious thought to running that Kelpie in agility in Hfx. and learn about training dogs in drive that way before getting another dog. I'm presuming there is an agility club in Halifax?
One reason is, that if you are interested in success at something, it is better to focus on one dog. Very few inexperienced trainers have the time to train two dogs successfully.
I am presuming Ted that you are like me and haven't titled any dog in a high level sport to date. If I'm wrong, my apologies.
I'm also presuming that you are interested in success in your chosen canine sport. If your criteria are different, well so be it.
rgds andrew (the guy 8 hours away from a schutzhund club, who has failed his BH twice with his Beauceron, and hasn't even tried with his cattle dog)
At this point, I am not concerned about about gaining titles in french ring.
Phoenix is my first dog, I have little training, but we have come so far since I picked him up from the SPCA after being in the shelter for 4 months.
When I got him he had so many problems, Lord he was a problem dog.
After only a few months I had him walking downtown Halifax no leash doing commands, doing jumps. I tought him to heel in two sessions.
Anyways in closing, thanks for all your advice, I often think about waiting until I know more about training, but then I look at my life an realize I have learned almost everything I know by doing it myself first and learning the skill.
Sch and ring sports are not even on my radar right now, I am more interested in trainging the excercises in french ring, but not to get titles and win events.
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