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    I took Banjo to training for the first time last night. It was just to sign up, have an 'orientation lecture' and then first week of may I bring him in to start grade 1.
    Jease he went mental last night- barked and whined as soon as we got out of the car and did not stop all night causing lots of dirty looks my way. We had to wait half an hour for the lecture so we waited far back in the trees so as not to distrupt the groups that were already training. Then when we saw all the newbies gather we walked over, an nice couple had this adoribal little black puppy (but bigger theh banj) and they brought her over to meet banjo. I am thinking yay me and Banjo are making friends! So what does Banjo do? he goes in for the kill on this poor little thing (luckily she thought it was a game). causing them to say nevermind and walk over the other side! taking with them others that were standing nearby.
    Then at the lecture he was barking and fidgeting and pulling so hard on the lead and biting me. So that they had to ask my partner to take him away and let me listen.
    OMG I didnt knwo he could be so naughty! I know he was probably just super excited... it was when he almost attacked the other dog that has really gotten me worried though.
    He spent a lot of time at the RSPCA sharing space with other dogs so I wonder why now he is acting all antisocial?
    And I am thinking if he was a well behaved dog he wouldnt be there in the first place right.. but I feel really bad for everyone there when he acts this naughty!
    On the upside they have a certificate they award to each class at the month to the 'most improved' dog- I think we are in for a good chance!
    :-D

    There were so many different types of dogs there! oh my god and there were some that you could tell were show dogs- they were stunning!
    the cutest of the night though? The most adorible staffy puppy I have ever seen! omg that face washed away all the stress of the night.

    Anyway am very much looking forward to having a well behaved pooch and am looking forward to moving up through levels and finally get him to be my fly ball champ I know he is!

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    Good on you for going.

    Yep, dog school is there for everyone. Especially the naughty ones. Remember to arrive early and pick your distance where you still have control of Banjo but he's not so far gone as he's not listening to you. Walk away when he misbehaves, come back in then go back out again if necessary. Hopefully he'll settle after a few weeks, but don't be afraid to stay in the same class and go thru it all again.

    Have a good walk around and train him a bit physically tired, this sometimes also helps with the naughty ones.

    It's important for socialisation to be kept up particularly as they reach adolescence.

    Good luck with it all. It's particularly lovely to see the naughty ones come good.

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    You'll get there Jazz. It wouldn't be training if they were all perfect to start off with!!

    Hopefully it was just very very exciting for him.

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    Jazz

    What MaC said. Take him for a medium long walk first and don't feed him till afterwards (except treats). Arrive 30 minutes early for meet and greet if you can. Teach him "leave it" if he tries to greet during class.

    My dog was like that when we started.

    Dirty looks are not the same as looking to check you're ok, not trouble or in trouble. That's the look I'd give you. Puppy being silly, continue as normal. Puppy being murdered - intervene somehow (ie tell an instructor). But you gotta look to know which.

    I think that's my dog club you're at though I usually go Tuesday mornings. Don't worry. They somehow manage to train dogs that remain dog aggressive the whole way through. And some of the instructors have dogs like that.

    Frosty and I have managed to pass Grade 5 and into fun CCD. Grade one was a bit like owning an energetic ball on an elastic band as far as her attention span went. If you put five minutes in a day practicing even if it's 6 x 30 second sessions, I use a food lure/reward, you should improve very quickly. It's usually fairly easy to spot those who don't have time to practice. We got a most improved when we failed to graduate grade 2 (my footwork had gone to hell and I was confused and so was Frosty).

    Practice a 10 second calm sit-stay before your dog is allowed to eat it's dinner each night. And when Banjo has nailed that, try a drop stay *or* increase the time to 20 seconds. If he can't handle 10 seconds, try again with a shorter time.

    Good luck. Also with SAODC - they change who is teaching each class each month so if you fail with one instructor, hopefully you will have a different one in the next month. I used to get a bit of extra help by going to both the morning and evening class if I didn't understand one of the instructors.

    And when you've finished/graduated grade 3, you can get a certificate of obedience which gets you a discount on your dog rego at most councils. If you're still in grade three when rego comes due (July/August) talk to Rob nicely about doing a spot check to see if your dog meets the criteria which are sometimes printed on the newsletter. I think they're pretty easy given it's all on lead stuff.

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    Thanks for your kind words and advice guys! :-D already started working on him and am really looking forward to taking him again.
    Hyacinth- thanks for your long reply, and yeah thats the one I joined ;-D... maybe one day if you come on a tuesday night you will see a familiar little dog face in Banjo!

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    Will keep my eyes peeled.

    I can't wait for the next newsletter... I put in an article and photo about Frosty and me starting Agility. Forgot to include the bit about wearing a flat collar. Ah well. Next time.

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