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01-30-2014 06:49 AM
Wolfenstein
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You can't train yourselves? Unless you are doing some sort of sport like agility or schutzhund you can train him yourself the basics anyways.
Yeah, it might be easy enough to teach things like sit, down, etc, but class time can be invaluable, especially with a puppy. If you think about it, it FORCES you to go out with your dog at least once a week to someplace with distractions and work on training there. You meet other people and other dogs. You have outside eyes to see where you might be off on your timing or inadvertently giving cues you don't notice, and someone there for immediate advice if you have a question. It might be possible to teach and socialize on your own, but having a good class, or even better, a good training group, on your side is really helpful, not to mention fun!
01-29-2014 04:53 PM
Airman1stclass
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Now the hard part comes deciding on a breeder and what you're looking for. Good luck! Keep us posted.
Will do!
01-29-2014 04:49 PM
gaia_bear Now the hard part comes deciding on a breeder and what you're looking for. Good luck! Keep us posted.
01-29-2014 04:27 PM
Airman1stclass
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Congratulations! Your wife will love having a protective companion around when you are gone.

Petsmart - I think it depends on the store. I've met some very good trainers at our local store. And it could never hurt getting your puppy socialized in a safe place. I would recommend finding three trainers in your area. Go and sit and watch a class now, so how you like. Will you be bored? Are the dogs learning anything? Are there any GSDs there?

If you feel comfortable posting your location, there may be someone on the website that can refer you to a good trainer.
I live in new jersey. Im pretty sure they have some good trainers around here.
01-29-2014 12:13 PM
blackshep Congratulations!!!

Do you have names of breeders yet?

I would go check out and sit in on a few training classes in your area. I've heard some bad things about Petsmart training classes, but as others have said it might depend on the store.

I know where I took my dog for classes, they required proof of vaccines, so you know you have less risk bringing a puppy there. They also had flyball and agility classes once your dog completed grade 1. At a store, you really don't know what is being brought in, so that is something to consider, until your pup gets all its shots.

Best of luck!! Take your time looking for breeders and training places, these two things can really help you get and develop the dog you want!
01-29-2014 11:52 AM
mydogs You can't train yourselves? Unless you are doing some sort of sport like agility or schutzhund you can train him yourself the basics anyways.
01-29-2014 09:41 AM
Lilie
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Originally Posted by Gretchen View Post
I would recommend finding three trainers in your area. Go and sit and watch a class now, so how you like. Will you be bored? Are the dogs learning anything? Are there any GSDs there?

If you feel comfortable posting your location, there may be someone on the website that can refer you to a good trainer.
Major Congrats on getting a new puppy!!! The next hard part will be deciding on a name. Something both of you agree on !


Gretchen's advice is spot on. If you can find a couple of trainers that will allow you to audit a class or two, you're more likely to find a trainer that fits better with you and your wife. You'll also learn a thing or two BEFORE your pup comes home. Win/Win!
01-29-2014 09:12 AM
ken k congrats, to you and your wife, my belief is, it does take a village to raise a puppy, check around for a trainer that has experience with the GSD,
01-29-2014 08:11 AM
ladyb I had a great experience at petsmart! The trainer that was there had written the curriculum, and it was geared to GSD's....he loved all dogs, but adored GSD's, and was very knowledgable and very good. When he left, we left. Our next training group we were not as well liked, and the experience was a bit frustrating. My girl is very happy and submissive, not fearful...a lovely dog! I guess you just need to see what each individual trainer is like...I personally will not attend training in a situation again where there is obvious bias. Enjoy your new pup😎


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01-29-2014 08:01 AM
llombardo It depends on BOTH the store and the puppy. My female started very young and she did well, never used a prong on her, she was trained on a flat collar. I love that trainer. She does rally and titles her own dogs in obedience, so it shows in her training. My male couldn't do well there in the beginning and excelled in a GSD club. Now we could go there and he would be fine. I tried another Petsmart with my golden puppy, while I thought she was also a good trainer, I felt it was more rushed, I now travel an hour to get to first trainer with golden. He can be difficult, so he also goes to the GSD club once a week.
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