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Q. I want to get my 14-month-old Shepherd involved in Schutzhund but I haven’t done much obedience because I didn’t want to ruin his drives. What video or book do you recommend?
I have a 14 month old shepherd and I want to get him involved in schutzhund training. I had him evaluated by a state police k-9 trainer and he told me my dog had great potential. I have been very light on obedience training to this point. He knows basic commands but at times I have been unable to enforce them----not wanting to ruin his drives. I called your office and asked them to recommend a training video or book on obedience training. They told me to ask you. He cannot begin schutzhund without being obedience trained. What do you suggest?

Thanks,
Rich

A. If you do it right you can start obedience training at 8 weeks old, and that’s what we do. Most “old school” trainers use correction based training to teach obedience, and we do not advocate that. Corrections have a place after the dog is trained, but not in the teaching phase. By using marker training you can not only teach the dog what is right, but teach him when he’s wrong without using physical correction or punishment. This training also carries over into bitework.

Read this article on Marker Training.

I’d recommend

The Power of Training Dogs with Markers
The Power of Training Dogs with Food
The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog

I have trained my young dog with these methods since 8 weeks old, I’d specifically guide you to the Michael Ellis videos for a preview of what is contained in the DVDs.

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I hope this helps. Cindy
  
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