Hi, first post here, so I'm hoping I'm doing everything right.
I've got myself a very friendly, snuggly and extremely active Johnson Bulldog X Staffy. He's turning into a fantastic dog and I've had no issues other than him contracting Parvo a few weeks back (after being vaccinated). But he's perfectly healthy now, and probably even fitter than before.
He (Boris) is a smart dog, smart enough to make training a little difficult at times. He's definitely strong willed! But, in the confines of the backyard, we've got him sitting and dropping instantly (He practically dives down into the drop position) and can stay, when he's not too distracted, for about 30 seconds, or until I go out of eyesight (I can't quite do a circle around him yet) but we're improving daily. His recall still needs some work. Especially when we're out in the bush by the river and he's got a shoe or a sock in his mouth. Then it's time for a game of tag. We're beginning to play some nose games (hiding treats, picking the hand with a treat, etc) and I plan on starting to teach him location based commands over the holidays.
Now, he's got more stamina than I could ever dream of having, and an hour long walk seems to barely get him warmed up, so I'm slowly starting to teach him to pull me on a skateboard, and the commands that follow. He's still a bit young, so he doesn't get to pull me along yet, but he's running on a lose leash reasonably well after only a few sessions. I've taught him to slow down, and to not turn down a path from our daily walks, but I'm at a complete loss as to how to teach him left and right, any ideas on how to accomplish this?
He really loves to work hard, and seems to really want to please me, so I was thinking, along with the skateboarding, that I should involve him in another doggy sport. There's some dry land sled dog(well, they use scooters) events a few hours drive away, which I'll look into doing when he's fully trained up and fully grown, but I think we need another discipline. What are your thoughts on training a dog to do Schutzhund, as an amateur dog trainer? It seems like a very good goal to work towards, albeit a very difficult one. I've got plans to build some agility equipment, but I don't think that's something I'd be interested in for us to compete at. The only issue I have with Schutzhund is the protection work section, it seems like you'd have to be very sure of your training abilities, and your dogs temperament, before starting down that path.
Thanks for taking the time to read this all. Doubly thanks for any potential help anyone can offer.