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Q. I’m doing Schutzhund training with my dogs and I wonder how often can I train my dogs without burning them out?
Hello Ed,

My name is Louis and I have a question for you. I?ve bought training DVDs from your company and let me tell you a lot of information that I?ve got from said DVDs have helped me. I?m located in El Paso, Texas which is the black hole of dog sports. Anyway my question to you on training is; How many times should and/or can a dog be trained without burning them out? I have German shepherds and I?m training in the sport of schutzhund.

Thanks,
Louis

A. There really isn’t any cut and dried answer for your question. It depends on the dog, his drive level, your skill as a handler and the methods you are using.

I work my dogs almost every day in obedience, sometimes more than once and I do bitework as often as I can. My dogs thrive on this but I have friends with lower drive dogs that do better with training a couple times a week so they don’t lose interest. Part of being a dog trainer is figuring out what works well for the particular dog that you are working at the time.

If you are using lots of food, play and fun in your training the dog is going to enjoy it more and be less likely to burn out than if you are using correction based systems.

Cindy
  
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