Kylie was definitely the wild child for her first puppy class. I normally take her on a 1-1.5 mile walk first thing in the morning, but I only had time to take her for a 0.5 mile walk before that first class and it really showed.
I make sure to do a full 1.5 mile walk before all the classes now. She was actually the best-behaved of the puppies at our last class (only 4 in the class).
thanks, I think that is a good point, I had taken her on a walk, but it was in the morning, so by the time of the class, she had her energy back, I will try and walk it out of her tomorrow.
i start training my dogs when they're 4 months old. they
know a few things before 4 months old. at 4 months all
of the good stuff starts. i find training in short sessions
daily and many times a day works well. don't wait for
class to train and socialize. i like adding distractions slowly.
i also like private lessons in the begining of training. it seems
like it's easier on the pup during private lessons. everything
is such a distraction to a pup. in private lessons there's
Thats interesting, is there any reason why you dont train earlier than 4 months? I know she will be a lot less "Puppy" by the time she is 4 months, but surely the earlier the better right? To be honest I dont really have a choice of waiting, I am moving abroad at the beggining of February, so I need to get as much training in with her as I can before then, as there is no dog classes near where I will be going. I will be building a foundation from now until then.
Socialisation is also a problem. Where I am, there are very few dog owners. when im taking her for a walk, I might see a dog walker, but the majority of the time I see non, and the dogs that I do see, are not very well socialised and the owners usually cross the road. Even when I ask "can she come over to say hello" they say things like "oh hes not very friendly" and the dog will be barking and bearing his teeth. This is probly where my dog has picked up her barking habbits. and even the dogs that are "ok", you can tell they are not used to seeing other dogs, and do not know how to act or play.
there is a couple of good ideas her so I will try them out and report tomorrow
training with her in the morning has also helped, because she is hungry first thing in the morning, she is very food motivated and so I can use treats effectivly, i think like MaggieRoseLee mentioned, the most important thing, is for my dog to enjoy training, this will then lead to me getting more attention from her, and ultimately she will learn faster.