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    Default Tonight is First Real Training Night!

    Tonight I take Banjo to training for the very first time to actually join the group!
    I am so nervous! haha
    When I get home i am going to take him for a huge walk and then come home and chuck his toys around the back yard like a maniac until it is time to go.
    Hopefully then he will be nice and tired and be a bit of a good boy for me.

    anyway wish us luck we will need it I think!

    PS -hyacinth if you read this in time do you think I should take a pocketful of treats? i know at orientation the fellow said its up to you but what do the majority do?

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    good luck and yes take treats and a bum bag or treat bag. Don't struggle with the plastic bag thing or you will have a dog that sits wide so it can watch you struggle to get the treat out.

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    Sorry I missed this.

    Yes take treats. In grade 1 and 2 use them all the time, then start dishing them out only for the best sits/stands/heels and dish them out after two or three correct actions instead of every time.

    And consider using a toy too. Show the toy, put it in your pocket, then when "exercise complete" play with dog with toy. Also if the class gets a bit boring, use the toy to fire your dog back up. Especially if the instructor is working through the dogs one by one. Just check the other dogs in class for "resource guarders" or toy thieves and keep clear of them.

    I find a mini tug or small ball on a string good for this.

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    Um, didn't you just say in your other post that you had no other pets?
    Mummies little 12 years in the making..... and Daddies little ratbag!!
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    Lol that was a hyperthetical post for a situation I was in before I got Banjo

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    So Jazz, how did you and Banjo go?
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    Thanks for asking DA
    now.... ahhhh! started out horrible was so nervous- which probably made it worse for both of us.
    Waiting in our designated area all the other newbie owners are talking and dogs are playing I am just standing there by myself with a little nutcase (said with love) who would NOT stop barking and trying to get at other dogs.
    Then we started and it was a huge group (19 people and dogs!) she got us to walk around and stop and make then sit etc. I was so flustered I didnt even know what heel meant (i know how stupid!) and saying step back on right foot use left hand etc etc haha I was so stressed i couldnt get left and rights right!
    Ended up putting the slip collar on him which wow helped quite a bit right away. Hadnt wanted to use it at first but seemed a bit nessarcary for now.
    But both of us quickly got the hang of it! so by the end we were doing quite well. and at the end when Banjo is sitting calmly the lab next to us lunges to have a go at banj! haha so at least someone else had the last go of naughtiness and not Banj
    Came away with a lot already.. All this week will be practicing non stop heeling, sitting, staying and ''watch me'.
    Next week can only be better! haha

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    Well it sounds like it will only get better. As your nervousness diminishes, your confidence not only in yourself but Banjo also will grow all the time.

    They showed you how to use the slip collar correctly, or you already know?
    Just do lots of smaller training sessions with him each day, rather than one or two big ones. And NEVER finish on a negative! If he hasn't done something well, or at all, make sure you finish on a positive note by getting him to do something you know he can and will do. Nothing worse in a dog's mind than ending on a bad note for future desire to train.

    You'll find that as you learn stuff and Banjo improves, the improvement then will come ahead in leaps and bounds, Jazz.

    Well done!
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    Wow 19 people and dogs.

    On Tuesday mornings, if they have enough instructors they usually divide classes like that into two. They must have been short last night.

    DA the instructors - especially in grades 1 through 3 and puppy - usually check all the slip collars are round the right way and release properly. I used one on Frosty to about grade 5 and then since I've been doing fun CCD which incorporates agility - which requires a flat collar, I've been doing all flat collar. She works very well off lead now anyway so no need for slip collar.

    Watch me, heel, sit, leave it.
    Ie - if banjo lunges for another dog, quick pop snap on the lead /chain and say "leave it" and praise-reward if he looks at you instead of the dog (or possum poo).

    And you're aiming in grade 2 for an "automatic sit" so be very dedicated to getting banjo to sit, every time you stop. I also make Frosty sit for kerbs ie where footpaths meet roads.

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    thanks DA
    yeah he showed me how to do the slip collar properly so thats good.

    Yah hyacinth 19 people was the class already cut in 2!!!!!!! there was another class of about 15!

    am looking forward to taking him for his walk tonight using the slip collar and practicing stop starts at roads etc.

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