|09-22-2013 12:30 PM|
|WendyV||Turns out my Petsmart trainer has over 20 years training experience and has trained service dogs etc. She was amazing with the dogs and my Sadie did great and had so much fun. It was a little embarrassing when she pooped on the floor though. lol. I guess she wont be having breakfast before class any more.|
|09-20-2013 04:52 PM|
|09-20-2013 04:26 PM|
Actually we were asked to leave because the trainer said he was too big and was scaring the other dogs. So he never did have a chance to socialize. He was actually the best behaved of the lot, she just didnt have the experience for a GSD. All shepherd owners should look into any training to be sure these people are ready to deal with this breed.
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|09-20-2013 04:01 PM|
|mbussinger166||Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there are excellent trainers at Petsmart, I'm just saying there are probably more goof balls. My particular Petsmart happened to have a very knowledgeable trainer so I lucked out. Even if you don't learn much in the program at least you got to socialize your dog with others.|
|09-20-2013 03:55 PM|
morning so far.
|09-20-2013 02:17 PM|
|cdlamb43||Thanks for all the helpful information everybody|
|09-20-2013 02:11 PM|
|09-20-2013 01:41 PM|
Personally, I have never raised a puppy, but I have trained a few adolescent dogs. (I have never taken a dog to an obedience class, but it is probably a good idea)
If you want to work on a bit of obedience at home before or instead of a obedience class:
I generally start with come, sit, and stay, because they are pretty much the foundations to a lot of other tasks and tricks. I would start with come because it is important to be able to call your dog.
Oh and socialize!
|09-20-2013 01:30 PM|
Here are a few links to resources that might be helpful for you.
Obedience clubs - American Kennel Club - Club Search and Directory
The 'puppygarten' videos on the following site are awesome - Competitive Obedience Toolbox
My favorite book regarding raising a pup -
Please keep in mind that socialization is by far the most important thing you can do for your pup.
Hope this helps!
|09-20-2013 01:06 PM|
|mbussinger166||I took my Puppy to Petsmart but I did my research. I suggest going in during training times and watching the trainer. Most trainers have very little experience and I believe they only have to complete a two week course or something (correct me if I'm wrong). Some stores have several trainers though so I would talk to each and pick the one you like best. Good Luck.|
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