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    Default Questions About Getting Ready to Trial

    Hey all
    Archie and I are planning to trial in April but need some help to sort out a few things
    So here are my questions:
    1. Though Archie knows all the commands, he doesn't listen sometimes. Especially with the drop. I went away for a month and now he will only drop in front of me (not in heal) and when I have food. What should I do?
    2. How do I get Archie to heal ect without food?
    3. Any other advice?

    Thanks all

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    Go back to obedience classes and practice.

    Use the food to lure him into drop while you are heeling. Make sure you tell him "good dog" as he goes into the drop. Make him stay in the drop.

    Start stringing moves together and only treat at the end but say "good dog" every time he gets something right.

    And practice some more.

    did I mention practice?

    Practice in the house, in the back yard, down the street, at the beach, at dog club, down the shops...

    If I was where you're at - there's no way I'd be ready by April this year.

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    when i trained my 3 year , belguim
    i used treats to start off with and then .i would go out and say sit the most comand he would know and then we he did it. make a big fuss over him and sctach him and cuddle he loved the attention . to cut it short he nows sits drop stays coms heals ect with no treats but awaits for his big cuddles and phase at the end . if you dont understand this ill put it in other wording

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    If it were me I'd either go back to basics and be sure to move on from the lure very quickly to a reward to giving treats only for the best drops.

    I would be asking myself why it's not dropping, has it forgotten the exercise or just not complying with instructions anymore? Has it been doing this in the wet weather only.

    If it had decided it didn't want to do this anymore then I would be making the dog drop from a stand position. Right hand under the dogs chin in it's fixed collar apply downward and slightly backward pressure. Left hand applying slight pressure on shoulders. It is not a method for everyone and if you haven't practiced it or seen it demonstrated then try the first method.

    Practice and proof in lots of environments before trialling. Does your club have mock rings set up for members to run thru first and get feedback.

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    Thanks guys. We're hard at work practicing and I have school holidays in March so we can work extra hard them
    He does tend to not drop it its been raining but I think he just doesn't want to some of the time.
    We don't have mock rings at training but Is it possible to set one up at home/ in the park? If so, how?

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    If your club does not run mock trials for people thinking of entering then you need to ask if anyone will run thru the motions with you.

    At my club we have about 3 judges who are instructors and anyone who is an instructor has to have passed CDX so they will be able to help you too.

    They will be the ones to look at your dog and say whether you are ready or not and what you have to work on to be ready.

    It is not so much the "set-up" of the mock trial but more the people who will help you out. It also prepares you for the "feel" of a trial

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