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Nova's first class #351695
11/17/19 09:29 PM
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I really really love Nova, but I do not really handle her well. We went to a "family manners" class where my main goal is to learn to keep her attention. It was pretty instructive. There were 6 other dogs , all 9-12 months except for one 6 month puppy. The other dogs were attending their owners-or at least not fascinated with the other dogs. Nova thought she was there to play. When we had exercises and I could get her attention, of course she did everything immediately. Fortunately, by the end of the hour she did notice me more than the dogs-but just barely. We have a way to go and 5 more classes.

MJ

PS-Nova just turned 2

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Re: Nova's first class [Re: Mary Jane] #351696
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I took Caleb and Ciara to obedience classes when they were puppies. They did pretty well, but I know that if I took either of them in to a family manners class, I'd probably have the same experience as you. Since they are not often around other dogs, I get everything from let's play to let's bark at any dog who comes near me. Hope things go well for you in the class.


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Re: Nova's first class [Re: Mary Jane] #351698
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Good luck with the classes! I hope they really work out and help you achieve the main objective!


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Re: Nova's first class [Re: DarkEyes] #351699
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That sounds like a good idea. I bet Nova is a rock star in class in no time at all. wub I haven't seen a picture of her lately, can you post some when you get a chance.

My 'first' pups always go to classes. That was true with Shiloh and again with Kody. I think both of mine would benefit from a class setting but it just costs so much. Glad to know your able to do it with Nova. Please keep us posted on how she does.


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Re: Nova's first class [Re: Mary Jane] #351723
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It is very normal for her to be checking out her environment. It will take time for her to acclimate and get used to the other dogs. Give her a few weeks. Also gsd are very aware of their surroundings by their nature.

I once had an obedience judge tell me Kayos was aware of everything going on the show grounds including what we were doing. she looked like she was paying attention to me and she was. She was also paying attention to her surroundings. The judge had Tervuren. He was right.


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Re: Nova's first class [Re: Mary Jane] #351772
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Originally Posted by Mary Jane
We have a way to go and 5 more classes.


I bet by the 5th class she will pass with flying colors! thumbup


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Re: Nova's first class [Re: Mary Jane] #351815
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I think all young dogs benefit from classes, and most older dogs too! That's great you are going to class.

Sounds like Nova is quick and smart, and that can be more difficult for the handler. I do think the slowest progress is often at the beginning, so good that there was improvement by the end of class. Hope the next classes go well!


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Re: Nova's first class [Re: Mary Jane] #351853
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I think Nova is doing better than Agis will! I hope we can go to classes soon, but it sounds like you guys did great for a first class!


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Re: Nova's SECOND class [Re: Mary Jane] #351885
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Long story-but real progress. Between class 1 and class 2, Nova spent 1 week in boarding with day care and Thanksgiving week there was no class. She can be needy after boarding-but this time was just glad to be home and pretty biddable. In class she paid pretty good attention to me-but I also felt freer to do what works with her. For instance, we were supposed to back up and the leashed dog to follow. This is not exactly challenging for Nova, so I jogged in circles and she pranced to follow me. Nova does not like the instructor and the instructor is a little skeptical.

Lets see next week.

MJ

Re: Nova's SECOND class [Re: Mary Jane] #351886
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Maybe Nova is feeding off the instructor's feeling towards her. When I taught some basic OB classes I only had problems with one dog a Shih Tzu. I had fear issues and I thought maybe if we went outside and sat on the grass and I would toss treat to her she would see me as less of a threat. She did OK, but I pushed her a little too fast and she bit me. I still thought there was a good dog in there under her fear issues.

I would let students change things up if needed to suit their dog better. The class was good manners, not preparing for competition. But we did fun things to build confidence like agility dog walk, so weaves and some small jumps. Then we would do owner hidden recalls. I just wanted the owners and the dogs to have fun learning new things.


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