• michaelsh

    March 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

    @Mike D’Abruzzo 6 wrote:

    Questions about the “Climb” command can go here.

    Ellie (my dog) is very good at the climbing exercise. It is a little bit crowded in my house with two “platforms” but it works very well. Actually she messes up so rarely that if she does, I find myself quite unprepared so I guess I am messing up more that she does.

    I have three questions:

    1) Since it is quite crowded inside the house, could I move the platforms outside even if the distractions outside are on a high level and she will likely mess up a lot? Or should I wait until we are much further ahead in the training?

    2) I noted that you recommend using a pinch collar for the phase 2 obedience. Can you do it also with a Martingale style collar? Advantages/ Disadvantages?

    3) Lastly, I am not yet sure where the Foundation Stage Training is taking us but I let Ellie run free and off-leash a lot in our state park since she is a puppy. I love to see how she runs free, chases squirells and sometimes deer. She always comes back even without calling her. Of course it is a problem when she jumps up on joggers but if I see other people early enough and call her she comes most of the time and so far there is no problem.
    My question is: By letting her run off-leash now do I ruin my chances of training her into very reliable off-leash behaviour as I go through the different phases of your obedience training?

    Have a good day and keep up the good work