Well, I have been to one training class so far with my long-coat baby, which she found interesting to say the least. She startled a big ol' Beardie and an Old English Sheepdog when they tried to give a friendly 'hello' sniff!
She's twenty months old now, and very, very nervous. I feel like it's rather my fault, as I'm quite a nervous and non-sociable person, and I've turned her into the same.
Our trainer suggested that after a week of working everyday on it, Astrid would be able to respond to recall and sit commands. Currently, she can't seem to do either.
I managed to teach her a basic 'watch me' command from a training book for little dogs, and she is getting less scared of the clicker, but I don't seem to be getting anywhere with recall and sit.
Recall isn't such an issue, but I want to start showing her, so she could really do with learning the competition sit.
I have tried luring etc, but I'm worried she's going to learn the rocking sit, rather than the competition one.
How important is it that dogs in the ring know the competition sit, rather than just any old sit-down movement? (All our shows will be British KC ones...).
Also, I know every chi is different, but did anyone else have a nervous, older chi that they were able to start showing? How long did it take to show ready them?
I'm so scared that I've ruined my little one, and left it to late for her to properly socialise and shine in the ring as she deserves to.