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LoveDogs 04-05-2014 12:44 PM

Puppy Socialization x 2
Well, I have been going to a puppy socialization class for the past few weeks at a place that also breeds GSD. This socialization class also had litter mates in the class and well the litter mates played sort of rough so my dog would lay down and basically just stay by me. I decided that maybe it's not the right class for my dog so I contacted another place to perhaps join their class. The trainer welcomed me. Today was the first class.
Now this class had different breeds of dogs, they ranged in sizes and ages. The first question was, how is your puppy around other puppies. I told her I didn't really know and explained the situation. She smiled and said, we will find out- keep near him and we will see. When we entered the training area my puppy was greeted by a puppy near the door. I was watching for the same signals he threw off at the other place and he was eager to play. Then another puppy came up and there now were 3 puppies (including mine) all playing nicely. Then a 4th came up, sniffed around and walked away. The other 3 were just having a great time.
I think I made the right decision on taking the chance on another class. Geist was a good boy, never laid down once. His attention was on me and at play time it was fun for him :).
Since the other class is paid for, I will continue to go and this new class is paid for too and will definitely continue to go to this one as well. The first class has no idea I enrolled in another socialization class and I think I have only 1 or 2 weeks left of it. The new class is an AKC S.T.A.R. class. I figure Geist and I both will benefit for the socialization extension of combining both classes. Anyone out there think this is a bad idea?

Ellimaybel 04-05-2014 01:34 PM

I am in no way an expert on dogs but in print it sounds like a good idea to me. Maybe the second class will imprint a more social attitude in the first class. Good luck!

TigervTeMar 04-05-2014 03:32 PM

a petco near me has puppy playtime so I stayed with Tiger after his first lesson, and honestly I was disappointed. I thought it would be a great opportunity for Tiger to actually play with other puppies but they were so small. he's 15 weeks and about 38 lbs and he was by far the biggest there. the little dogs just run around yapping at each other, fighting over toys, and flipping each other over, and Tiger did NOT like that. He didn't bite but when a dog got up in his face he snarled like I've never seen or heard before. I thought this was something I could take him too 2-3x a week but I've decided I wont take him back. I'm glad you had better luck with your class. I'm looking at private trainers now with a max 'puppy kindergarten' size of 4-6 puppies and at least 2 trainers. it's not free, unlike puppy playtime at petco, but I think it would be way better for him than puppy playtime at Petco.

Chip18 04-05-2014 04:44 PM

Sorry I would just suck up the loss on the first class and keep my pup out of it. He clearly showed you he was uncomfortable/stressed. It could do more harm then good.
You don't really "need" puppy classes anyway some general info:

But good call on the second class, now you know what balanced pups/dogs look like. :)

TigervTeMar 04-05-2014 06:10 PM

the lessons will start on Monday with a border collie, so if it goes well I'll keep him in it, if not I'll just take the loss. Wasn't that expensive anyway. But puppy playtime never again for sure

Chip if I may ask how did you socialize your pup(pies)? Right now the mainstay of that for Tiger is just constantly taking him on walks to various parks and letting him meet people and dogs that are acting friendly.

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