panhandlehunter wrote:Pup is 14 weeks. He knows what no, here, sit, down, and kennel mean, but does them when he wishes.
I have the smartworks program, but find it lacking much detail. He only says what to do, then moves on to next step, doesn't say what to do if pup resists. Also says let pups be pups till 6mo. old, then shows CC to here on a young pup. I'm not enforcing by force on anything, only praising when he does what I ask.
Except for "no" when he's chewing, digging, biting, etc... then he gets swatted for disobeying. He's already challenging me when he's told "no" or spanked
...he loves to retrieve, and loves water, but only brings back when on lead or coming out of water.
I know he's young and I'm not expecting much at this point, only looking for pointers. Also Graham doesn't say when or how to begin "heel". I have started recently guiding him to heel while on lead after retrieve, but he shows no interest at walking at heel, he wants to be out front. No matter how many times I stop when he pulls on lead, he'll stop, sit, then take off again (no choke collar). I'm in NW fl and have no one to mentor me, no clubs or trainers locally, but I can figure most things out, just need a little guidance.
TCFarmer wrote:To be honest this is the first time that I've heard people talk about SmartWork being lacking in detail. I think Evan does a good job of explaining things to the novice trainer.
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