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Educating the Doberman
Knowledge is power and in the Doberman world we are the Super Charged professionals
From our world class Super Pup programs to our Grand Victors we remain the leading educator of the Dobe.
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Every day we hear about the problems that our public school system faces: from overcrowding to questionable credentials of the instructors. We know our children cannot learn more than the teacher can pass on and that the attitude of the teacher can make the difference between success and failure. We also know that many children will never receive the personal attention they need, attention that can make a good student great, a great student outstanding, and keep an underachiever from a life of illiteracy.*
Fortunately for some of us there is an option: the Private School for our children and Camp Hoytt for our canines. Know also our records of achievement are presented throughout this website by the owners themselves...see: Hoytt Owners Chat Room and in the AKC performance ring as the all-time and continuing record holder in Companion Dog Obedience bar none.**
From the boss...
Sixty eight years ago I was kissed for the first time by a pretty little girl named Debby, over the years since I have had the privilege of waking most mornings by a kiss from other lovely 'ladies'. Okay while this may seem to be a guys brag, it's a fact. The morning of the day I wrote this chapter I once more awoke to a gentle kiss from my Marti formally known as Hoytts Pretty Little Girl of Mine, my best bud and great ball player - actually she's quite the protector too. Each Dobe I have loved and lost are still with me in heart and mind, each have also given me knowledge in an area few if any breeders mention...the Dobes mind. The relationship between action and thought. Put this together with physical variables that I can pass on to my ever expanding 'family', (Those who have welcomed Hoytt Dobes into their hearts and home) and today my success encompasses many areas of knowledge other breeders never had the opportunities I enjoy. Equally impressive are those who are part of my team - best called Team Hoytt. The ultimate group of individuals who give our clients an exclusive edge in the world of canine education.
For many, a smart dog is one that knows what time to come home for dinner after visiting with its friends all day. Than there are folks who have friends or even certain family members young or 'mature' that fear your beautiful or handsome canine called 'baby' and had hoped it would be put downstairs or outside...perhaps to go find the friends he left earlier when dinner was served. Why because they know "baby" will body slam you first in an attempt to give you a kiss. This dog is not quite feared for its aggression but it's exuberates. Of course the victim is told it's just happy, the owner goes on to say the seller told them that around three years of age the dog would settle down - of course it's almost four...Oh well!
But if you are the child or adult that finds yourself on the floor feeling like pins at a bowling alley that were hit by a ball lofted like a shot-put. Happy or not it's a brat and no it's not the dog who is to blame but the owner. The jumping up to show its affection as a youngster was thought to be cute when it first arrived and then the owner found too many excises why today they just did not have the time to begin its education.
How could the cute pup have been 12 weeks seemingly Monday and nine months old on Tuesday. Finally they admitted this 50 pound canine has four wheel drive so now one either pass the dog to someone else not ready for what follows or as a responsible loving owner they call that trainer. The trainer claims they are the best in their field. In time and after all your checks cleared you learned from "the best" that you should call the seller - your dog is incorrigible, a breeding weakness. Later you learned your 'best in their field' was their reference to how well they could drive a tractor. Dog training was thought of once they learned which end of the lead they belonged on.
Getting back on track, let us talk about you and what you will do the day after your new friend arrives for if you are the kind of person that wants your new Dobe to be a part of the family structure, are ready to put the necessary efforts into the Dobe to develop it into the greatest Dobe ever and are a success in your own endeavors, also meaning you need as I do a 36 hour day at times, then you already know that education and success go hand-in-hand. But how do you achieve this? Do it all yourself? Hire the person who claims they are the best in their field? Have the Hoytts add one or more programs? Well before you commit to parenthood have you really looked at your other daily obligations and wondered ...
... if you will actually have the time to begin the basic obedience program before the pup begins to set up habits that are not conducive to the Super Dobe you seek?
... if you or your family can be present during the beginning weeks the youngster first begins to learn what freedom in the home demands? Keep in mind your home instantly becomes a Disneyland. What must a young pup think when it steps from life with its peers into the great expanse of your home and all the wondrous adventures around every corner, not forgetting all those interesting new objects it will check out?
... if you will begin allowing full freedom at night at the right point of the dog's development? More specifically, while the world around it sleeps, what will happen if the young Dobe awakes? Does it readjust itself on its bed and go back to sleep or check out some of those interesting things it has yet to be allowed near? Are any of you ready to sleep with one eye open as long as necessary, and what is "necessary?" Or would you prefer to let the experts at 'CAMP HOYTT' take the Doberman through these stages?
Please study each of our programs in depth and remember we are as much creators as we are educators so if there is something you would like added to a program, just let us know. If we say okay to the extras you will be quite pleased with the results. Now before you scroll down the page at least know that as busy as most of my clients are and as busy as I am we do not have to structure a time each day to enjoy our Dobes companionship or to take advantage of what my educators have done before placement. But of course Home Schooling is a totally different world. But back to our programs. Going for an early morning or late evening walk, jumping in the car to gab something from the local mini mart or taking the Doberman to the office, calling the Doberman over while you happen to be on the phone to give it a kiss, pet, treat or hug, even just asking it to sit before it receives the special treat you brought home or sending it to its bed when you realize your guest is not a dog person is practicing some of the areas of control covered here or at least begun at Camp Hoytt before placement.
Consider the beginning of a quiet evening before you all retire, perhaps while you relax with your favorite reading material and your 'kid' is resting with it's head on your foot eyes closed just waiting for your touch is the end result of one more practiced behavior. The peace that comes to you both as the day comes to a closing does not seem to be a structured training exercise yet you both are furthering your relationship and the understanding of the others feelings, needs and rules. Sitting on the rug with the Dobe leaning on you while you watch CNN, the local weather report or a great movie is also a special time, a very special time for you both and without picking up a lead this well mannered Doberman is receiving further behavior patterns with neither of you considering this a training exercise but it is.
While these are actions of affection they are also a form of practicing manners and one did not have to structure the session yet unlike the daily period needed for structured schooling in the first months of joining your family, these for sure not structured exercises for you are simply keeping the rules we set down before placement and of course those variables that are introduced after placement. So you are refining the work we did before the kid entered your life...now read on for the new owners first taste of Camp Hoytt.
Kindergarten for the canine ... once you have reserved your new Hoytt Dobe decided education before placement is the only way to go and we begin starting with keeping its feet on the ground - no jumping up on you. In fact, unless we are sitting on the ground during it's free times ( recess ) the kid is required to never, never even in excitement jump up on its sera get mother. This is one of the most problematic areas of a home-schooled dog, and it never fails, when you are about to leave for the office, shopping or just out for the evening - paw prints become the decoration of the moment and all because you are loved and you were to much in a hurry to remember the kid gets excited when it sees you are about to leave or perhaps take it bye-bye. Now no jumping up without permission and with the pup walking on lead the following weeks will take him through a course best described as the Canine Kindergarten, the true foundation of the adult Dobe's obedience control.
The program is set with a combination of play times and instruction to begin showing the young Dobe obedience is interaction not discipline. Eventually the young canine student learns the on lead basics of walking on lead, heel at your side, sit at the instructor's left side on command, down, stay and come.
The young male on the right is one of Marti's boys. Seen here with 'dad' at Morristown Tn airport and from here the two flew to DC. The program that Jet was put through began at 10 weeks of age and specifically guided for his new family. Here at just 17 weeks old Jet proved the comprehensive qualities of our Top Dobe Select pups. Jet was just as calm and happy as he looks and a perfect gentleman even off lead in the terminal which shows how fast he evaluated a new situation.
... adds introduction to home rules & housebreaking while continuing the SP1 obedience ...While the Super Pup Course Level I exclusively teaches primary on lead obedience, Super Pup Course Level II begins expanding the pup's education and begins introduction to off-lead control in non-distractive environments, meaning in their known but different training and play areas. This also further reinforces the rules associated with interactive behavior with its human family and other canines as well as the terrorist kitties both in-home and on the property.
Beginning with the program outlined in the Super Pup Course Level I, the student canine will be introduced to an in-home environment to begin the rules of residence - for this stage our Dobes are neither caged during their in-home training time nor unfortunately as some misguided souls do, chained to the floor or walls or confined to one room).
SP2 Summery...continues the Dobe its primary obedience and the initial tastes of rules in 'our home' before it gets to your home. Guided by those in the 'home' the canine student now has two to three other instructions - or at least one around the dog at all times and still has its obedience trainer/mom all staff have the right credentials and already have a relationship with the pup when it's obedience instructor drop it off for a day of guidance.
In effect we are their family and know each since it was old enough to
step away from its mom and give us a kiss - no strangers here. We set up
situations just to be able to say "that's a NO" but always looking for the
moment or action where we can reward with "Good Boy" "Good Girl" and probably
hand the kid a treat. Just remember you have to first teach the child to walk
before you teach it to run - that's what the Super Pup Programs are all about.
Roscoe and Dana our pretty little fawn were just five months when they finished their SP2 CGC.
Dana is a Michigan girl and Roscoe an over the road trucker.
Roscoe and Dana our pretty little fawn were just five months when they finished their SP2 CGC. Dana is a Michigan girl and Roscoe an over the road trucker.
NOTE: The five photos below showing Rusty heeling were taken by chance as he was on his way to the formal photos for his new family. Note the lose lead and he was just about half way through his SP Level Two as are his friends baby Ross and Dune. These pups were just 15 weeks old on 9-26-12 ... Imagine their understanding of basics in just a few additional weeks or their knowledge when expanded to SP Level 3. Now think about our adults who have been moving up every week by practicing and refining their life experiences.
Normally we know from the start when in time the pup will face an AKC evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen Certification so at this time we only have to remind you that this level encompasses SP1 and SP2 with the adjustment from SP2 toward the CGC requirements adds additional daily instruction further refining the SP obedience process as well as adding local travel time accomplished when we begin introducing the pup to the world we live in. This area of knowledge is gained from visits to major public areas and the private businesses that allow us to move around their customers, one of our major participants is the area Bass Pro Shop add the trips to town and visits to the Flea Market and we've added a taste of life while beginning to teach travel manners but at the same time we are working on the pups motion sensitivity. In the end to best understand what the pup has to know in advance of passing it's CGC tests go toCanine Good Citizen Certification presented further into this section.
Consider these Super Pup courses the equal to a permit to drive after the child has graduated from Drivers Ed. The child may be allowed to take the car to a friends house the day they receive their Permit, as my son did that great day in his life now that he no longer had to wait on his parents. Of course I said yes - it's a guy thing but did add "Let's ask your mom". However my yes was easily said for my son did not ask if he could take his friends four states away to those cities in the songs, those the kids have been discussing since they were old enough to realize there is a big world to explore once you are handed the 'keys'. As most of us did as kids, look forward to the freedom a vehicle gives. But it is the guided experience before the venture that builds responsible actions and while my son and I spent 100's of miles learning before the classes, he still was not an experienced driver.
Young Adult Programs
More tastes of the good life and its rules
For those who prefer a higher level of education usually meaning home rules, travel time with of course the continuation of obedience refinement to gain a more mature Dobe at time of placement and while only a few of our Dobes each year are held to a higher level usually not by planning but because we have yet to have the right call come in, we do maintain their programs which actually advances them further - no one just sits around. These youngsters have a good life here, from their care givers, trainers, office staff time, personal time at trainers homes or with Mr. Hoytt. A taste of the good life and it's rules.
Some have initially been held for "the next generation", the way we have to go to protect the bloodline until either they become part of the Line for a few years or a litter mate who is owned becomes available making the held dog's placement possible. we've held the costs to general training programs rather than going automatically to Grand Victor Program.
We offer an extension to the Super Pup Courses with Custom Young Adult Level I. To better understand CYA Level I, keep in mind that the last few weeks of SPC Level II specifically introduces the young Dobe to home rule and housebreaking while still with it's obedience teacher but now we continue to refine the obedience program moving the kid to off lead advancement for the sit and down stay as well as recall at 100 feet in their formal exercises and up to 300 feet in what is called free come - a non-formal exercise. The added six to eight weeks with us are spent full time in the home with the exception when the obedience teacher needs the Dobe for the ongoing part of the program already in place.
Thus you have two additional pluses to CYA program since it is first a continuation of the pup's obedience: practicing what the pup already knows enhancing the Command part of obedience; adding introduction to travel, taking the Dobe through the nauseous stage related to motion when necessary while beginning to set the rules of vehicle travel.
In actuality you have Mr. Hoytt and his support staff, all helping lessen the post placement time settling into their new life. Literally for every week we spend setting up the rules of life and than following up with a reputational program you save months of foundation time. Trying to step out of your area of knowledge, attempting what you know little about and/or turning to the person down the street that is a legend only in their mind seems foolish when in fact you can turn to the real legend in the Doberman world, HOYTT.
Here the best educators and caregivers working together created today the oldest kennel in the history of the breed and the only Doberman breeder with a private Blood Line. In the end, each stage is a next step on life in the real world, your world. As to final price too many variables to actually quote as yet an unknown situation as well as the varied levels of education that give us the 'bottom line'. So present your interests and ask.
This is but one of four DVD pre-placement instruction offered - here you see a kid who finished his programs in time for the New Year arrival leaving Camp Hoytt mid morning of December 31st with his new family for the ten hour drive home. Three days later this photo was taken to show Mr. Hoytt that Halen's education will continue as promised.
CGC...Started in 1989, CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test receive the certificate from the American Kennel Club.
Most of our clients choose Canine Good Citizen training as part of their new canines education. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. Remember, education enhances the bond between dog and man.
Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with - graduates respond quicker to household routines, have begun to learn the good manners necessary when in the presence of people and other dogs, and more fully enjoy the company of the owner who has taken the time to provide an ongoing education, adds intellectual stimulation, and a higher quality life. We sincerely hope that CGC will be only a beginning for you and your dog and that after passing the CGC test, you'll continue guiding the dog through the complexities of life in the world of its human family. With obedience, agility, tracking, or performance events a bonus that further builds the bond between two- and four-legged 'friends'.
AKC's Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) is one of the most rapidly growing programs in the American Kennel Club. There are many exciting applications of this wonderful entry level that go beyond the testing and certifying of dogs.
Many other countries (including England, Australia, Japan, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, and Finland) have developed CGC programs based on the AKC's CGC Program. A CGC Neighborhood Model has been established, police and animal control agencies use CGC for dealing with dog problems in communities, some therapy dog groups use the CGC as a partial screening tool, and some 4-H groups around the country have been using the CGC as a beginning dog training program for children.
A number of specialty (one breed only) clubs give the CGC at their annual national dog show. Dog clubs have discovered that the CGC is an event that allows everyone to go home a winner. Veterinarians have recognized the benefits of well-trained dogs and there are some CGC programs in place in veterinary hospitals. State legislatures began recognizing the CGC program as a means of advocating responsible dog ownership and 22 states now have Canine Good Citizen resolutions.
In a little over one decade, the Canine Good Citizen Program has begun to have an extremely positive impact in many of our communities. This is a program that can help us assure that the dogs we love will always be welcomed and well-respected members of our communities.
AKC TESTING PROGRAM FOR
Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness, and must not break position or try to go to the evaluator.
Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler's side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.
Test 3: Appearance and grooming
This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner's care, concern and sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout.
Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog's position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler's movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired.
Test 5: Walking through a crowd
This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.
Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler's commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog's leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler's commands. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side.
Test 7: Coming when called
This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to "stay" or "wait" or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog.
Test 8: Reaction to another dog
This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.
Test 9: Reaction to distraction
This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.
Test 10: Supervised separation
This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog's leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, "there, there, it's alright").
All tests must be performed on leash. Dogs should wear well-fitting buckle or slip collars made of leather, fabric, or chain. Special training collars such as pinch collars, head halters, etc. are not permitted in the CGC test. We recognize that special training collars may be very useful tools for beginning dog trainers, however, we feel that dogs are ready to take the CGC test at the point at which they are transitioned to regular collars.
The evaluator supplies a 20-foot lead for the test. The owner/handler should bring the dog's brush or comb to the test.
Owners/handlers may use praise and encouragement throughout the test. The owner may pet the dog between exercises. Food and treats are not permitted during testing, nor is the use of toys, squeaky toys, etc. to get the dog to do something. We recognize that food and toys may provide valuable reinforcement or encouragement during the training process but these items should not be used during the test.
Failures - Dismissals
Any dog that eliminates during testing must be marked failed. The only exception to this rule is that elimination is allowable in test Item 10, but only when test Item 10 is held outdoors.
Any dog that growls, snaps, bites, attacks, or attempts to attack a person or another dog is not a good citizen and must be dismissed from the test.
When a family emergency arose for a Florida client, reservations were made to bring their Hoytt Dobe up on their way to New York, estimated visit one month. It would be a chance for the boy to hang with old friends, both canine and human, and his people knew we were in effect his other family. Ongoing compliments from those who made his acquaintance and called seeking their own Hoytt Dobe told us how Viking was welcomed by both the business community and residents alike in Key West. So we knew in advance of his return to Camp Hoytt that he and his 'mom' were quite the team. On arrival, furthering his education became the topic and it was arranged that his teacher before he left for his new home would now begin a program to ready him for Rally and, if time allowed, take him before the judges.
To say he made us all proud is an understatement, for four weeks later he headed to Lexington, Kentucky, and three days of competition. With his teacher at his side, he took on this a new assignment and showed the world of AKC competition that he's more then just a pretty face. A showman extraordinaire, to be sure, yet first and foremost he is best friend, family guardian and companion. My compliments to the boy, his family and his trainer. See: Returning for further education.
For those who wish us to give their kid an added jump-start on life in the world it's about to enter, without going to our Grand Victor course, do consider this program composite because it's dog show time, travel times and hotel stays all introduce it to the strange confusion we take for granted everyday. Simply put, this is an extension of all the Dobe has learned during the SP1, SP2 & Custom Young Adult CGC program. By adding further refinement (reputational...as in practice makes perfect) we will take the kid into a run level of competition obedience known as Rally. See: Cooper the wonder pup. These added weeks of refinements from the basic obedience to home rules and additional people-meeting skill along with travel time just keep adding to the kid's pre-placement experiences. New to Rally Obedience, read the following...
AKC Rally is an obedience exercise that develops a dogs focus on its human teammates body language rather than strict automated reaction. Each test is designed by the rally judge with enough varied exercises to ensure "the team" has not faced the same exercise pattern in previous competition, done in a very distractive environment to enhance its concentration on its handler.
The judge tells the handler to begin and the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10-20, depending on the level). Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed.
Scoring is not as exacting as traditional obedience. The dog and handler team moves continuously at a brisk, but normal pace with the dog under control at the handler’s left side. There should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during the numbered exercises and between the exercise signs; verbal communication by the handler are encouraged unlike the strict silence demanded in companion dog titling (CD) where one extra verbal command can immediately disqualify the team. Unlike CD after the judge’s “Forward” order, the team is on its own to complete the entire sequence following the instructions given on each numbered sign correctly.
Unlimited communication from the handler to the dog is to be encouraged and not penalized. Unless otherwise specified in these Regulations, handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, clap their hands, pat their legs, or use any verbal means of encouragement. Multiple commands and/or signals using one or both arms and hands are allowed; the handler’s arms need not be maintained in any particular position at any time. The handler must not touch the dog or make physical corrections.
At any time during the performance, loud or harsh commands or intimidating signals will be penalized. Rally is an exercise in communication sport to AKC Obedience. Both require teamwork between dog and handler along with similar performance skills.
Rally provides an excellent introduction to AKC Companion trial events for new dogs and handlers, and can provide a challenging opportunity for competitors in other events to strengthen their skill in a distractive environment.
If returned for the Rally program other costs including rally fees and a refresher program will be quoted on an individual basis. Handler and travel costs related to the certification will be calculated following the last required win.
The Signature Series of the educated Hoytt Dobe
For those who can invest 'what it takes' in their "kid's" education, the Grand Victor advancement is 'a must do' addition to an already outstanding development program that included Super Pup Level 1, Super Pup Level 2, Super Pup Level 3 and both Custom Young Adult Levels, in effect, extend the program in all experience levels until Mr. Hoytt is satisfied that this Grand Victor is ready to head home, the best canine companion the soon-to-be family has yet to have the pleasure of bringing into their life. Of course if this is not your first Doberman, this 'kid' will be a very special living memorial to a very wonderful Dobe who never meant to leave you.
With the additional training exercises required to compete in formal competition obedience per the rules and regulations set by the American Kennel Club which we have outlined at the end of this section as well as the many additional months of home rule, life outside the home while the additional time away from the kennel working under varied conditions help prepare the Dobe for the stress and confusion of world we humans must deal with outside the comforts of our 'personal space'. The obedience ring demand that 4 point average we usually only read about in collage, but for the canine to gain it's degrees at the young age of the Hoytt Dobe's history means not only does the Dobe gain an exceptional understanding of it's alphabet it has to be a quick study. The private life that relates to seeing or experiencing unexpected perhaps better put unknown and without taking months of reintroduction works out whether it is something to be causes of or accept as part of life.
Travel time, travel rules and manners away from home both in and around crowds are further enhanced when you realize that on average a handler will travel round-trip 1000 miles and spend three days living out of motel rooms for each show attended. Further, at the show the dog and handler will spend three to six hours at ring side, and the dog must be under control at all times. An added bonus is that the canine student and its teacher now spend literally every hour side by side each day away from the kennel. At all times, even during 'fun time', the young Dobe is being educated to the ways of man away from the primary residence.
This is a program that usually begins when the pup is under ten weeks of age. Weeks before, however, its teacher has already built a relationship with the pup, so all that remains is the program that will take the pup to the age of acceptance in the ring (AKC rules restrict a dog from entering any ring competitive exercises until the age of six months). When the canine student's handler/trainer believes the young Dobe is ready, off to the shows they go. During many of these shows, the handler's helper will video these special moments so 'the family' does not miss out on what is looked upon as the bachelor's degree of the dog world. The costs include all training to completion of title, handler fees, entry costs and related travel expenses. Upon completing the required wins, the American Kennel Club will issue the title certificates, and an acknowledgment letter of accomplishment from the Doberman Club of America will follow. The young Hoytt Dobe then carries on its pedigree the coveted title Companion Dog (CD) along with its earlier gained titles. And from that moment, this deserving Dobe will forever be part of its breed's competitive documented history.
Final price includes CHOICE SELECT classification pup, all development costs related to home manners, house rules, public exposure and further experiences plus the extensive obedience program to gain the AKC performance titles as outlined.
Handler fees related to the showing for the certifications as well as travel-related fees are figured after the costs incurred by the handler from the time the trainer and canine leave the kennel until its return from all AKC certification levels unless otherwise quoted by Mr. Hoytt.So those who already enjoy the personal and monetary success of their own endeavors look at the GV Program as the canine step to the top of the ladder of learning which is, in effect, the canine version of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or learning to live with man under man's rules. In part, also a form of stress training before placement. Those who welcome the Grand Victor graduate into their lives realize the complexities of the environment where the Dobe will spend the rest of its life being its masters sidekick at work, home or at leisure. The new Dobe may be relocating to a very large home, a 400 sq ft cabin in the wilderness or a motor coach and/or stepping into a life of multiple residences, thus making this a most rewarding advanced placement option. The time away from our residence for days on end, the hundreds of miles in transit, the living in what must be to a young dog mini-homes (motel rooms), and then stepping into the working ring where under mass distraction the Dobe and human must work as a team adds further to control in adverse situations. These adventures help to create the ultimate learning experience foundation prior to placement.
Of course, the titling itself simply establishes the excellence of the education while affording the owner the personal satisfaction of knowing that not only is the Dobe of great blood, but is in itself a proven achiever. You still have to work hard to help the kid through the many unknowns the Dobe will face in the early weeks of placement a time when Sensory Overload is the norm. But now your week lasts weeks, not months or years of facing trial and error for we will guide you though each step you need instruction on. For you and your Grand Victor have the most exclusive jump-start the canine world has to offer in a fresh mind done before placement.
Grand Victors have consistently been the youngest dogs to compete and qualify in AKC licensed obedience trials. The Hoytt Dobe has done so well since the Grand Victor program was introduced that we have been the most successful Dobe breeder in the obedience ring for the last three decades. Actually, of the top 300 youngest dogs over all breeds of dogs to receive the Companion Dog Title, only one was not a Hoytt Doberman. Even the Bahamas Kennel Club that also grades under the same system as the AKC has in first and second place as the youngest title-holders on record, Hoytt's Caffeine Kick CDX and Hoytt's Sahara Moon CD, and Hoytt's Pretty Little Angel Eyes (Teak) was their first canine to achieve the highest level Utility or UD. Of course Teak also happens to have also gained Top Working Dog and DPCA winner Top20 plus a dozen other degrees. This from a Hoytt Dobe who actually preferred riding around with her owner in the convertible and playing Frisbee.
To watch each of our instructors with their wards, you see the greatest in team effort. Look closer and you see a mutual affection as well as trust. Together this creates an educational base which, in combination with our outstanding genetic foundation, leaves no question in the viewer's mind why the Hoytt Doberman is known as "the American Bred Super Dobe." To see these teams in action, we offer a number of video presentations discussed further on.
NOTE: The average age of the Hoytt Dobe gaining its Companion Dog title is 10 months. The average age of non-Hoytt dogs in the same competition still seeking their title and competing against our Dobes is just under 3.5 years of age.
The average title win score of our Grand Victor graduates is 191.5, so leave this section knowing that in the world of the Doberman, no one from hobby breeder to those who claim to be professionals have been able to put together the quality in programs or the canine minds offered by the House of Hoytt. NO ONE!
Here's one more show of great minds and outstanding temperament. Its what the Hoytt Dobe is all about.
On 10/30/09 two of our Grand Victor students with their trainer/handler Ms. Janine Horner step into the ring the first time with the pair and came away with a tied score of 195 1/2. After the runoff Terra, client owned reserved 2-8-09 ( see Owner Galley ), formally Hoytts Connection to the Heart CGC RN took first but also gained her second win toward her CD. Our yet parentless boy Phoenix formally Hoytts Phoenix Rising CGC RN came away with second place and his first win toward CD. Not to forget our third and youngest in the group Hoytts Big Man on Campus, Big received his first win toward his Rally title...What a day!!!
The next day Terra walked out of the ring highest in her class and with that she officially became formallyHoytts Connection of the Heart CGC RN CD . Our Phoenix came away with a second place and once more our youngest BIG went highest in his class and of course the next 'leg' toward his Rally.
What a week-end. On Sunday Phoenix took a first in his class and received his last needed 'leg' to becomeformally Hoytts Phoenix Rising CGC RN CD with an astounding 197. Our baby of the group "BIG" stepped out and gave his all receiving his needed third qualifying for his Rally degree and now is formally Hoytts Big Man on Campus CGC RN.
More recently two sisters one now in Houston (Sasha) and Twist almost ready to head home to her people in New Mexico (when this was written ) and both achieved perfect scores with 100 out of 100 in Rally - a few weeks earlier Twist went High in Trial with a 198 out of 200 and that same period five of our guys received their CGC certifications.
10/10/11 current home page pups are their baby brothers.
There is no better development center in the world for the Doberman than Camp Hoytt.
NO BULL HERE...JUST
BRAG *of the ten's of thousands of privately bred Dobes registered with
the AKC each year, it is the Hoytt Dobe both our personal Dobes
and client owned, trained and
shown who helped us reach the DPCA TOP20 list ( eleven times in the last
ten years and in 2012 four owner trained and shown make the list ).
*of the ten's of thousands of privately bred Dobes registered with the AKC each year, it is the Hoytt Dobe both our personal Dobes and client owned, trained and shown who helped us reach the DPCA TOP20 list ( eleven times in the last ten years and in 2012 four owner trained and shown make the list ).
An owner or trainer can by-pass the C.G.C and Rally title and go right to the C.D. title, but we prefer to use each level as further pre-placement steps in life outside the safety of the home. These stages represent the canine version of pre-school thru college. Those who believe their own successes came through education or feel education would have accelerated their success, choose the Grand Victor Program and many simply start making payments to the kennel while we select and complete the programs that combine to create the Grand Victor. These folks will have almost as long as they want up about a year from their new kids birth. A time payment plan without a monthly commitment or interest charge - just have the kid paid for two months before the graduation.
To earn a CD, the dog must score at least 170 out of a possible 200 points, must get at least half the points awarded for each exercise, and must do so under three separate judges at three separate shows. Each qualifying score is called a leg, so three legs equals a title.
Obedience trial classes are divided into sections A and B. Dogs working towards a CD compete at the Novice level. Novice A is for owners who have never owned or co-owned a dog that has earned a CD. Once a person owns or co-owns any CD dog (or if he is handling a dog owned by someone else) he must enter Novice B.
Novice classes consist of six exercises worth a total of 200 points. Each handler and dog team enters the ring with 200 points; the judge then deducts points based on errors made by either the dog or the handler. A zero is scored if the dog fouls the ring or leaves the handler.
Section 3. Novice Exercises and Scores. The exercises and maximum scores in the Novice classes are:
Section 4. CD Title. The American Kennel Club will issue a Companion Dog certificate for each registered dog, and will permit the use of the letters "C.D." after the name of each dog that has been certified by three different Judges to have received Qualifying scores in Novice Classes at three Licensed or Member Obedience Trials, provided the sum total of dogs that actually competed in the Regular Novice Classes at each trial is not less than six, except that at breed club specialties and at any trial in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, or Alaska, qualifying scores will be credited towards the title, provided the sum total of dogs that actually competed in all of the regular obedience classes is not less than six.
Section 5. Heel on Leash & Figure Eight. The principal feature of this exercise is the ability of the dog and handler to work as a team. Orders for the exercise are "Forward," "Halt," "Right turn," "Left turn," "About turn," "Slow," "Normal" and "Fast." "Fast" signifies that the handler must run, handler and dog moving forward at noticeably accelerated speed. In executing the About Turn, the handler will always do a Right About Turn. Orders for "Halts" and "Turns" will be given only when the handler is moving at a "Normal" speed.
The orders may be given in any sequence and may be repeated as necessary, but the Judge shall attempt to standardize the heeling pattern for all dogs in any class.
The leash may be held in either hand or in both hands, provided the hands are in a natural position. However, any tightening or jerking of the leash or any act, signal or command which in the Judge's opinion gives the dog assistance shall be penalized.
The handler shall enter the ring with his dog on a loose leash and stand with the dog sitting in the Heel position. The Judge shall ask if the handler is ready before giving the order, "Forward." The handler may give a command or signal to Heel, and shall walk briskly and in a natural manner with his dog on a loose leash. The dog shall walk close to the left side of the handler without swinging wide, lagging, forging or crowding. Whether heeling or sitting, the dog must not interfere with the handler's freedom of motion at any time. At each order to Halt, the handler will stop and his dog shall sit straight and promptly in the Heel position without command or signal, and shall not move until the handler again moves forward on order from the Judge. It is permissible after each Halt, before moving again, for the handler to give a command or signal to Heel. The Judge shall say, "Exercise finished," after this portion of the exercise.
Before starting the Figure Eight the Judge shall ask if the handler is ready. The Figure Eight signifies that on specific orders from the Judge to Forward and Halt, the handler and dog, from a starting position about equidistant from the two Stewards and facing the Judge, shall walk briskly twice completely around and between the two Stewards, who shall stand 8 feet apart. The Figure Eight in the Novice Classes shall be done on leash. The handler may choose to go in either direction. There shall be no About Turn or Fast or Slow in the Figure Eight, but the Judge must order at least one Halt during and another Halt at the end of this portion of the exercise.
Section 6. Heel on Leash & Figure Eight, Scoring. If a dog is unmanageable, or if its handler constantly controls its performance by tugging on the leash or adapts pace to that of the dog, the dog must be scored zero.
Substantial deductions shall be made for additional commands or signals to Heel and for failure of dog or handler to noticeably accelerate speed forward for the Fast and noticeably decelerate speed forward for the Slow.
Substantial or minor deductions shall be made for such things as lagging, heeling wide, forging, crowding, poor sits, handler failing to walk at a brisk pace, occasional guidance with leash and other imperfections in heeling.
In scoring this exercise the Judge shall accompany the handler at a discreet distance so that he can observe any signals or commands given by the handler to the dog. The Judge must do so without interfering with either dog or handler.
Section 7. Stand for Examination. The principal features of this exercise are that the dog stand in position before and during the examination and that it not display resentment.
Orders are "Stand your dog and leave when you are ready," "Back to your dog" and "Exercise finished." There will be no further command from the Judge to the handler to leave the dog.
On Judge's order, the handler shall remove the leash and give it to a Steward who shall place it on the Judge's table or other designated place.
The handler will take his dog to the place indicated by the Judge, and on the Judge's order, the handler will stand and/or pose his dog off leash by the method of his choice, taking any reasonable time if he chooses to pose the dog as in the show ring. When he is ready, the handler will stand with the dog in the heel position, and give his command and/or signal to the dog to Stay, walk forward about six feet in front of the dog, turn around and stand facing the dog.
The Judge shall approach the dog from the front, and shall touch only the dog's head, body and hindquarters, using the fingers and palm of one hand only. He shall then order, "Back to your dog," whereupon the handler shall walk around behind his dog and return to the Heel position. The dog must remain standing until after the Judge has said, "Exercise finished."
Section 8. Stand for Examination, Scoring. The scoring of this exercise will not start until the handler has given the command and/or signal to Stay, except for such things as rough treatment of the dog by its handler or active resistance by the dog to its handler's attempts to make it stand. Either of these shall be penalized substantially.
A dog shall be scored zero if it displays resentment, growls or snaps at any time, sits or lies down before or during the examination, or moves away from the place where it was left either before or during the examination.
Minor or substantial deductions, depending on the circumstance, shall be made for a dog that moves its feet at any time, or sits or moves away after the examination has been completed.
Minor or substantial deductions varying with the extent, even to the point of zero, shall be made for shyness.
Section 9. Heel Free, Performance and Scoring. This exercise shall be executed in the same manner as Heel on Leash and Figure Eight except that the dog shall be off leash and that there shall be no Figure Eight. Orders and scoring shall also be the same.
Section 10. Recall. The principal features of this exercise are that the dog stay where left until called by its handler, and that the dog respond promptly to the handler's command or signal to "Come."
Orders are "Leave your dog," "Call your dog" and "Finish."
On order from the Judge, the handler may give command and/or signal to the dog to stay in the Sit position while the handler walks forward about 35 feet to the other end of the ring, where he shall turn and stand in a natural manner facing his dog. On Judge's order or signal, the handler will give command or signal for the dog to Come. The dog must come directly in at a brisk trot or gallop and sit straight, centered immediately in front of the handler's feet, close enough that the handler could readily touch its head without moving either foot or having to stretch forward. The dog must not touch the handler or sit between his feet. On Judge's order the handler will give command or signal of Finish and the dog must go smartly to the Heel position and Sit. The manner in which the dog finishes shall be optional with the handler provided that it is prompt and that the dog Sit straight at Heel.
Section 11. Recall, Scoring. A dog must receive a score of zero for the following: not Staying without additional command or signal, failure to Come on the first command or signal, moving from the place where left before being called or signaled, not sitting close enough so that the handler could readily touch its head without stretching or moving either foot.
Substantial deductions shall be made for a slow response to the Come, varying with the extent of the slowness; failure of the dog to come at a brisk trot or gallop; for the dog's standing or lying down instead of waiting in the Sit position; for failure to Sit in Front; failure to Finish or Sit at Heel; or for extra command or signal to Sit or Finish.
Minor to substantial deductions shall be made depending on the specific circumstances in each case for failure to come directly into the handler.
Minor deductions shall be made for slow or poor Sits or Finishes which are not prompt or smart, for touching the handler on coming in or while finishing, and for sitting between the handler's feet.
Section 12. Group Exercises. The principal feature of these exercises is that the dog remain in the Sitting or Down position, whichever is required by the particular exercise.
Orders are "Sit your dogs" or "Down your dogs," "Leave you dogs" and "Back to your dogs."
All the competing dogs in the class take these exercises together, except that if there are 12 or more dogs they shall, at the Judge's option, be judged in groups of not less than 6 nor more than 12 dogs. When the same Judge does both Novice A and Novice B, the two classes may be combined provided there are not more than 12 dogs competing in the combined classes. The Judge shall divide his class into approximately equal sections. The Group exercises shall be judged after each section. The dogs that are in the ring shall be lined up in catalog order along one of the four sides of the ring. Handler's arm bands, weighted with leashes or other articles if necessary, shall be placed behind the dogs.
For the Long Sit the handlers shall, on order from the Judge, command and/or signal their dogs to Sit if they are not already sitting. On further order from the Judge to leave their dogs, the handlers shall give a command and/or signal to Stay and immediately leave their dogs. The handlers will go to the opposite side of the ring, turn and stand facing their respective dogs.
If a dog gets up and starts to roam or follows its handler, or if a dog moves so as to interfere with another dog, the Judge shall promptly instruct the handler or one of the Stewards to take the dog out of the ring or to keep it away from the other dogs.
After on minute from the time he has ordered the handlers to leave their dogs, the Judge will give the order to return, whereupon the handlers must promptly go back to their dogs, each walking around and in back of his own dog to the Heel position. The dogs must not move from the Sitting position until after the Judge has said, "Exercise finished." The Judge shall not give the order "Exercise finished" until the handlers have returned to the Heel position.
Before starting the Long Down the Judge shall ask if the handlers are ready. The Long Down is done in the same manner as the Long Sit except that instead of sitting their dogs the handlers shall, on order from the Judge, down their dogs to a position facing the opposite side of the ring, without touching either the dogs or their collars, and except further that the Judge will order the handlers to return after three minutes. The dogs must not move from the Down position until after the Judge has said, "Exercise finished."
The dogs shall not be required to sit at the end of the Down exercise.
Section 13. Group Exercises, Scoring. During these exercises the Judge shall stand in such position that all the dogs are in his line of vision, and where he can see all the handlers in the ring without having to turn around.
Scoring of the exercises will not start until after the Judge has ordered the handlers to leave their dogs, except for such things as rough treatment of a dog by its handler or resistance by a dog to its handler's attempts to make it Sit or lie Down. These shall be penalized substantially; in extreme cases the dog may be excused.
A handler whose dog assumes a position in such a manner that it could interfere with an adjacent competing dog shall be required to reposition his dog and shall also be substantially penalized; in extreme cases the dog may be excused.
A score of zero is required for the following: the dog's moving at any time, during either exercise, a substantial distance away from the place where it was left, or going over to any other dog, or staying on the spot where it was left but not remaining in whichever position is required by the particular exercise until the handler has returned to the Heel position, or repeatedly barking or whining.
A substantial deduction shall be made for a dog that moves even a minor distance away from the place where it was left or that barks or whines only once or twice, or that changes its position after the handler has returned to the heel position and before the Judge has given the order "Exercise finished." Depending on the circumstance, a substantial or minor deduction shall be made for touching the dog or its collar in getting the dog into the Down position.
The Judge shall not give the order "Exercise finished" until the handlers have returned to the Heel position.
The courses discussed in this presentation were designed to give each buyer the added option of our expertise at the level of choice when it comes to pre-placement educations. From the "cute" and very young Super Pup graduate to the prestigious Grand Victor, one would think we have nothing great left to offer, but we do! While we have never been able to come up with a single formal title that does justice to the Hoytt Dobes offered under the Special Offering group, each of these guys deserve great homes. Neither pre-owned or problematic, these are our ALMOST PROMISED. If you've read who we are and what we offer by reservations, you can understand that the youngsters that are reserved by clients at a young age must come first. Example is my own Marti, who, while very well-mannered, had yet to receive her Rally or Companion Dog title at this junction and, hey, I own the school. So when Marti can head to qualifying between client commitments, she too will receive her just degrees. The reality of this is that those who gain at times family names even before birth are the foundation of my success and must come first... but!!!
At House of Hoytt first pup reserved or last to be promised, selection is based on each buyers interests not the numeric order of purchase. Rodeo was the last of her litter to be spoken. My Marti was second to the last to be spoken for and Max the last from Marti's litter to gain a family. First or last it is individual character and client preferences that set the placement.
Marti & Max - The story ... two Hoytt Dobes selected for a client who reserved their Choice pair with the Grand Victor Programs for placement January 2009. The reservations were received in mid 2006 when the purchaser projected his return to the States. These two were chosen by nine weeks of age, but in the fall of 2008 we were asked to re-select for placement after January 2010. When my eldest passed away last November ( Hoytts Cara Mia CGC CD - Mimi to the family. Mia to the world ), I knew my next was already part of my life...her name, Marti formally Hoytts Pretty Little Girl of Mine CGC RN. Now Marti was the second to the last of her litter of 10 to be without a last name but was the composite I had enjoyed in my personal Dobes of the past...so Marti became Mr. Hoytts 'Girl'.
On March 21, 2009, a final decision was made that would now give Max a family and on the day the boy turned a year he was delivered to his new mom followed by a pretty one year old Custom Young Adult. A gift of love, devotion and protection to her fourteen year old daughter and of course a in a Hoytt Dobe formally known as Hoytt's Gentle Spirit CGC.
Now Rodeo finished her Grand Victor program ( March 2009 ) with in part a High in Trial at a Doberman Specialty also found her new home. She was the last of her litter to be offered.
Now you know WHY a "Special Offering" DOBE that fits your needs was simply a lucky find? Simply put, a great Hoytt Dobe who has not been spoken for has not been left unattended, yet, without a last name and has no chosen direction. So for the single or family looking to also enjoy a great Dobe you may save both time and money because this day you turned to our BUYERS GALLEY and found that very special companion. So by all means give my office a call and set up a time to speak directly with me.
Take a final overview of pre-placement educations.
It is very comforting, a true confidence builder for the young Dobe to be able to do things that please you on its arrival. Pleasing those it loves is its greatest personal reward. By developing the basic commands before the dozens of serious rules of life in our homes begin, we have given it a job. A way to show off, a pride of accomplishment. In the beginning of home life every room, every square foot of each room, every bit of furniture, every idem on a table, the books on a shelf, every good smell on the counters, at dinner or that thing that you keep dropping good things that you always keep covered. The apparel hanging over a chair, laid across the bed, sticking out the hamper or the shoes just out of our sight or neatly arranged in the closet.
Life with total interactive relationship with man come with strict rules. Those earlier mentioned objects were just a sampling of things that must be learned through different levels of mistakes. The new dog will until life in the home is mastered face a constant NO THIS, NO THAT, NO, NO, NO! Super Pup programs are designed to give the kid a chance to walk in and show off a bit, to show you it's not a dummy. It knows things, even just to sit when you ask it gives it something it can be complimented for as well as the other exercises taught. SP1 first creates the ability for us to communicate with it, it has an identity, a name. With it's ABC's it also does not feel lost in a world where people talk in a strange language for life in the beginning is tough when you are not going to be just the dog out back. SP2 adds a whole new group of rules related to life in the home and for you first time readers our most favored composite is the Hoytt Dobe that individually fits your interests and heads home a graduate of the Super Pup Three program. But too you can go into the more advanced programs or watch for our two year olds who were kept initially for our breeding program and now be made available at great discounts because they were part of "the next generation".
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