|03-06-2014 02:07 AM|
As has been stated already, TOTALLY depends on your end goal.
If you are planning on doing some sport stuff, but not really get into it hardcore, you can definitely do your beginning obedience, just make sure you know how it is expected in the sport realm... and aim for that.
If you are planning on really doing a lot of stuff, trying for titles and some serious work, you probably still won't need a trainer for a lot of the simple obedience stuff, but if you have never trained such a dog before, having a trainer really is in your best interest... or at least video that you can go over with a trainer.
|03-05-2014 10:26 AM|
As others have said, it depends on what your end goal is. I need a second set of eyes. Video helps too, but that's always after the fact. Many of us get together multiple times a week to help each other out. I'm fortunate enough to have my fiance to critique me as well (but she's mean haha). Even pro trainers I know come out and help each other. IMO dvd's can help you started but are no substitute for a trainer.
|03-05-2014 10:10 AM|
|03-05-2014 10:04 AM|
there are a few things i want my kali to do. and that's the basic stuff. as someone said "Basic being sit, down, shake, stay, drop/leave it". heeling is another thing i have to work on. luckily kali is a fast learner, so she catches on fast...
For us, 'wait' also means sit, and im fine with it. she definitely understands leave it, shhhht, and down. we have to work more on shake, and start working on 'stay'.
the progress i see is all thanks to youtube videos/online articles. and i didnt even use a clicker, but i know what it is used for.
if you want your dog to do more than this, then you most likely need a trainer.
|03-05-2014 09:37 AM|
|Airman1stclass||I've been found the puppy training thread on here. It has some really good videos. I've decided to do clicker training and had no idea about charging your clicker or what it meant . I am only talking about OB training. Anyway I've been found thsee trainers golden grange kernels. Here in jersey of course, and they do a 7 week OB training program + socialization. It's only on Wednesday's and all puppies have to have been started on their booster shots. Its also $140, it's a 1 hour long class and i was told it's mostly for socializing your puppy.|
|03-03-2014 11:41 PM|
Whoops didn't mean to end that.
Buy I like training with others and hearing their input
But unfortunately I don't have a lot of friends with dogs :/
|03-03-2014 11:34 PM|
|shilorio||My self and the advice from the people on this site have trained my dogs nothing more .|
|03-03-2014 07:26 PM|
If you just want to do basic pet obedience and some simple tricks, then sure, you can do that on your own with some good books and Youtubes.
If you want to get into sport training, and especially if your goal is to get into competition, then it's essential to get involved with a good club, because that you cannot do on your own as a first-timer.
|03-03-2014 07:21 PM|
A first time dog owner/handler should have some instruction, IMO. Videos and books can only go so far, especially when problem solving enters into it.
|03-03-2014 06:53 PM|
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