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I am getting a new lab puppy in about 3 weeks. She is going to be a show puppy, so I am going to show her in the conformation ring. My question is can I teach her conformation and obedience at the same time without confusing her? If I teach her to sit will she sit in the conformation ring?
I have taught my other two labs obedience and one of them I showed first and then taught obedience, but I would rather not wait and teach both togther if possible and if so what order should I teach things.
While general obedience classes and training do not directly train your dog for showing, they can be helpful. They will help get your dog used to being around sizable numbers of dogs and help socialize her.
If you decide on an obedience class then a good class or training program will work on both socialization with other people and other dogs. Your dog will learn important command related skills, like the definition of the word "stay". She should learn 'Sit-stay', 'Stand-stay' and 'Down-stay'. Obviously 'Stand-stay' is what you should concentrate on for show purposes.
The main command that you may have to take care with is the 'Heel' command. 'Heel' is NOT good in conformation. It is a good idea to use different commands for showing such as 'Trot'. Your dog will not learn any bad habits if you are careful to emphasize Stand-stay and practice the show style 'Trot' as well as 'Heel'.
The order that you teach your pup these commands is probably not as important as her being able to perform the commands under the pressure of an audience and other dogs. I would recommend that you have as much friendly contact with people and dogs as you can get in your pups early life. The order could follow something similar to the 12 week program as outlined in Secrets to Dog Training with the addition of the conformation commands.
Best of luck with your showing and please let me know how you get on!
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
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