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Question from a Leerburg Customer on Training a Small Dog in Competition Obedience Video

Question from a Leerburg Customer on
Training a Small Dog in Competition Obedience

Question from Cindy: Hi, I'm training a small dog in competition obedience and I'm having trouble transitioning to off leash exercises. As soon as the leash comes off, her focus starts to waiver and her heeling becomes less precise, sniffing and lagging when we start. Having a leash tab or string drag line doesn't work well for me because of the time it takes to bend over and reach it. I'm going back to marking and rewarding for brief moments of focus, like every few steps. Is there any other advice for a dog becoming leash wise and/or ring wise for that matter?

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Featured Question & Answer

Question: I'm considering adding a male GSD puppy to my home. Would you anticipate the same rank structure problems with the age difference between the two dogs, or am I going to have to get a female?

Cindy,

I have read the article about introducing new dogs into the home. At the current time, my girlfriend and I have two adult cats, and an 18 month old male collie. The collie is playful and energetic and not dog aggressive. I am considering getting a male GSD puppy around 8 weeks old to add to the mix. Would you anticipate the same rank structure problems with this age difference between the two dogs, or am I going to have to get a female?

Thanks!

Jeff

Cindy's Response:

You are less likely to have rank issues between a male and a female. Same sex pairs tend to be more difficult to manage as they grow up but if you are a good leader, it’s doable. A lot depends on your consistency, the chemistry between the dogs, the core temperament of the dogs and how much training time you have.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Adding a New Dog to Your Home.

 

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Customer Comments

Thanks Cindy,

You, Ed, and the folk at Leerburg are amazing resources for people and their dogs. Thank you for your thoughtful and helpful response. I will follow up on your advise. It's incredible how productive your team at Leerburg is. Your extensive website makes it easy to find information, your selection of DVDs and their focus on teaching is unmatched, and being able to find quality equipment that has already been "tested" makes it easy to order the right tools (without having to do endless research and trial and error). On top of all this, you make time to answer individual questions guiding folk like me to the right path. Thank you! Brian


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