|01-30-2014 06:49 AM|
|01-29-2014 04:53 PM|
|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|
|01-29-2014 12:13 PM|
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|
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|
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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