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Looks like you can go through the whole photobucket library..Enjoy!!!

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Great pics! Love to see dobes working. Now I'm just going to sulk as there are no IPO classes within a few hours drive of me :'(

Konkie,

There's some things you can/should do to start Leica that you can do on your own. Find some info on starting tracking and building drive in puppies. This way if you find a club that works for you you'll have some basics under your belt. Ivan Balabanov, Dave Kroyer, Helmut Raiser are just a few names that you should research.

Good luck,

Gunny

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Wow Gunny.. I remember when ( she said in a 'granny voice') Jax was just a wee babe waiting for you to pick him up..

HE. IS. AWESOME.

You've done an incredible job with both your kids.

There's one of the shots that shows his muscle tone and it left me speechless.... he really is in incredible shape.

Thank you so much for sharing these images.. love them

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Thanks for your advice Gunny I will look into those names :)

I have bought some sweet birch oil for tracking planning on working on that some soon as she loves playing 'find it' and using her nose! No doubt I will be back for some advice :D

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All I can say is.......................W O W

konkie,

A Readers Digest "How to start a puppy tracking"

First off make the puppy hungry. Reduce or withhold rations the day before. This will build her food drive (she's hungry!). The puppy will NOT starve.

Cut up boiled chicken about 1/4 inch pieces. Find a field where the grass is about ankle high. Go there in the morning when there's still dew on the ground. Walk a 20 foot diameter circle heal to toe without closing the circle putting a piece of chicken in every footprint. Bring the hungry puppy to the start and let her just find the chicken. What this teaches is that where the grass is crushed there is your scent, there is food reward. where the grass is not crushed and there is NO scent, there's no reward. They learn to follow the scent track.

Gunny

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I'd like it start an agility course but I'm straying away from taking him to a dog park and what not Becuase of parvo leptospiriosis and such. How could I start that?

Binosgirl,

IMO Dog parks are counter productive (one word or two ?). If your dog is UTD on his vaccinations he should have no problems with the aforementioned viruses. My problem with dog parks are the people. A for instances, the owner of a petulant chihuahua brings the dog in. The chihuahua growls and snaps at every dog that approaches. The owner thinks its cute until the great dane decides he's not going to put up with it. Now remember these things happen in just seconds or less. The dane snaps at the little pain in the rear end and the little dog runs off yelping and squealing. The chihuahua owner runs up to you, and in no uncertain terms, tells you you have no control over your dog and that your dog is a vicious demon. The fact that, at this point, your dog is on a controlled down and his dog is growling barking and trying to get out of his arms to continue a fight he really doesn't want, escapes the chihuahua owner. Of course your dog being the larger of the two has to be wrong. Although you leave and think there is a "no harm, no foul" situation, your dog has learned something. How NOT TO TRUST another dog. This is counter productive in the competition world. Your dog HAS to be around other dogs and show an indifference to them.  

As far as getting started in agility, you need to find out what behaviors are needed and teach them one at a time and teaspoon at a time until the dog knows them then put them all together to form a routine. Go to a AKC agility trial and talk to the people there. They usually are more than happy to steer you in the right direction.

Getting into competition with your dog is fun. Work, but fun. Did I mention work? ...lol

Gunny