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    I'm curious how long and how everyone is training their dogs in the summer heat?

    (South La) My 6 month old CBR can manage about 30-40 minutes in the early AM and late PM and maybe 10-15 minutes during the day. I have my best training sessions when I keep it short. I can tell in his face when he is excited and wanting to learn, so I teach. I can also tell when he looses intrest (due to time, temperature, or distractions) and this is my cue to end the session. My best sessions are normally half hour long and cover one to two topics. In the AM I try to focus on something he already knows and try to perfect it, while the evenings we work on something new. During the day we will work on obedience. I'm lucky to have an open field with a pond across the street from the house so I can grab a few bumpers and train in seconds. Of course work has to mess up my training so I do what I can when I can on those days.

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    When it's hot I take my 3 chessies out early morning and do land blinds or marks before work. Late evening I may do water blinds or marks if the waters not too hot.

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    I am also in S.E. La. ,only train very early in the morning and mostly in water . Evenings we work on obedience in the yard, my 6mo. CLF is coming along very fast . Cant wait till Teal season!

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    Where in Slidell do you live. I am also in Slidell. We can never fine water to work in. I usuall have to drive to the Spillway or up to Hattisburg area. I also have a 4 mo old. We have a older dog that is a HRCH/MH and have been doing this a long time. IF this is your first time training and need help, my husband know enough to really get you going. PM me and I can give you my information if you want it.

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    Why are are you training a 6 month old for 30-40 mins?

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    Th.at was my first thought too. To much work
    30-40 in morn
    10 min. Mid day
    15 min in evening.
    I am just guessing at the evening and mid day times.

    But you could be training your puppy for an hour each day. I think.this is way to much for a young dog.

    I am helping a friend train his 6 month lab. We do ob for about 5-10 min and force hold for about 5 minutes at my house. Then he practices some of the things I taught him in a short evening session at his house. We shut down the retrieving for a bit until he gets better control.
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    Yeah, my original post sounded good in my head but Ididn't word it well at all. It sounds like were TRAINING 90 minutes a day.

    We do about 15 minutes in the morning and maybe 20 in the evening for about30-40 minutes total outdoor work a day.

    Sit, here, and heel will last 2-3 minutes (verbal, hand, and whistle). Throwbumpers for about 10 minutes. AM are all singles from 10 yards to however far Ican throw a bumper. The shorter the throw, I make him hold longer and thelonger throws to mark. PM we may do simple doubles, throw a bumper across thepond, in taller grass, at place, or with a bird. Then go for a short walk in afield or tree line. A walk may not sound like training but it has beenreinforcing the here command and lets him learn how to use his nose. He willcatch the scent of something and I will follow him until he loses it. I foundthat this has been helping him use his nose instead of his eyes.

    Around noon I may get him to walk at heel or sit and then walk away, around the house, makenoise, ext.

    I hope this post makes more sense than the first lol


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    Well that sounds more like it. It sounds like you are on the right track. The standard answer is 10-15 min sessions like Wayne said. 20 tops. But, and there is always a but, down here in the summer you have got to read the dog. There is a big difference between two 150 yard marks in heavy cover with a big hunt on one vs. 15/mins of obedience. The marks may be 5 mins to run but could put your dog in danger if you push him further.

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    Karen ,I tried to send a pm , but would not let me since I dont have 10 posts yet .

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    This is my 6 th pup to train personaly , and have also helped friends with their dogs ,
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