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Old 11-09-2011, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone have a question about sit means sit dog training. Geminon has been doing really good with his basic training, sit stay lay off down leave it the real basics. We were working with a great trainer but sadly she isn't training anymore for personal reasons and doesn't know when she will start training again.

Going online i have found a few different places but alot of them use choke and prong collers which i dont like the idea of using. I found sit means sit online and I know they are a franchise and supposedly use some electronic collar. I called them and they were telling me how at this age his biting is a behavior issue, which i've learned by reading on the forums and other places that its something GSD puppies do alot of ... and big time! So basically I want to know would anyone recommend them should we even bother with them?

His breeder also does training, I know he asks 750.00 for protection, but i dont remember if thats per session or in total, and i'm not sure if he does obedience as well (wasn't able to contact him today but will try again). If you've used your breeder for training has that worked out well for anyone?

I really want Geminon to reach his full potential, he's so smart and I can tell that he wants more and im not sure where to go from here. Sorry for the long post, just want as much advice as I can, as i've been learning a lot from the forums.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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find another trainer.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd find another trainer too. At his age I'd be doing motivational training. You can do pretty much anything you want with him - pick some stuff that appeals to you, try it, and see how he does. If you're interested in protection training, fine, but don't feel obligated to do that just because he's a GSD. There's Schutzhund, ring sports, tracking, AKC obedience, rally, agility, flyball, herding, lure coursing, dock diving, any number of fun activities you can pursue. But for most activities you'll probably need a solid foundation of basic obedience first.

Rather than a private trainer, have you looked into group classes? If you put your city or zip code we may be able to find some places for you to try.
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Personally, I don't buy into the SMS theory. However, I know two people who used the Atlanta SMS and were/are thrilled.
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Sit Means Sit uses e-collar(aka zap/shock) training. I would not use them in general but I especially would not recommend using an e-collar on a puppy.
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Rather than a private trainer, have you looked into group classes? If you put your city or zip code we may be able to find some places for you to try.

I would love to do group classes it just seems like I havent found any places near by, but my info is Lawrenceville, GA and the zip is 30044. Anyone know of any places to recommend?
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Personally, I don't buy into the SMS theory. However, I know two people who used the Atlanta SMS and were/are thrilled.

I'm actually about 45 minutes away from atlanta so that would be the SMS branch i think i would have to use. Do you know if they had to use those collars by any chance?
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Yes, that is their philosophy.
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I'd find another trainer too. At his age I'd be doing motivational training. You can do pretty much anything you want with him - pick some stuff that appeals to you, try it, and see how he does. If you're interested in protection training, fine, but don't feel obligated to do that just because he's a GSD. There's Schutzhund, ring sports, tracking, AKC obedience, rally, agility, flyball, herding, lure coursing, dock diving, any number of fun activities you can pursue. But for most activities you'll probably need a solid foundation of basic obedience first.

Rather than a private trainer, have you looked into group classes? If you put your city or zip code we may be able to find some places for you to try.
I agree with picking what appeals to you because you are more likely to stay with it. Of course, it also has to appeal to your dog. But GSDs are so versatile that you can take any one of several directions with many of them and have success. (not all of them)
There are so many choices it is hard to pick one to pursue to the exclusion of others, at least temporarily.
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Here are a few training places I think are in your area, I found these in google search or on the A.P.D.T. site so you probably will want to check the methods and etc to see if it fits what you want:

Twelve Paws

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The Balanced Dog is a full service dog behavior and training company

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Companion Animal Behavior Consulting

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http://www.gooddogatlanta.com/

Joyce Hagan|

Also you could check Petco and Petsmart if there are any in your area, some of them offer classes.
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