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Old 03-17-2014, 12:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So a lot of the puppy training schools make you drop your pup off with them for a couple of weeks and during that time you don't actually train with them. You only get a couple of private sessions in. Just wanted to know what you guys think about that.
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Not sure where you're looking...but no...absolutely not.

Very few training facilities actually offer this type of training, and I would imagine it would be extremely overpriced for what you will get out of it...not much they can teach to a puppy that you couldn't do at home or just taking a class once a week. I would never trust anyone else to train my dog, especially in a situation where I can't monitor what exactly is going on.
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wouldn't do that!

If you need help training your pup, get a local trainer that can come out and train you to train your dog. You will learn a lot and your pup will follow your lead.

Or, find good class where you can participate with your pup.

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I think it's something I wouldn't even consider. I like puppy classes because I can work with my puppy around distractions, that's all. And isn't your puppy just a baby? If someone says they can give you perfect OB at that age, run very fast!
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Not sure where you're looking...but no...absolutely not.

Very few training facilities actually offer this type of training, and I would imagine it would be extremely overpriced for what you will get out of it...not much they can teach to a puppy that you couldn't do at home or just taking a class once a week. I would never trust anyone else to train my dog, especially in a situation where I can't monitor what exactly is going on.
Im in NJ. I thought this was pretty weird too. Very uncomfortable with that. When looking for trainers should I ask if they ever worked with working line gsd or it doesn't really matter?

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I think it's something I wouldn't even consider. I like puppy classes because I can work with my puppy around distractions, that's all. And isn't your puppy just a baby? If someone says they can give you perfect OB at that age, run very fast!
Yeah he's just 9 weeks. Lol, im only looking for classes on websites. Should I worry about classes right now since he Is so young?
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Some people like the early socialization classes for baby puppies. I like socializing my puppies myself, and starting puppy classes after they're 4 months old. By this time I've already started training on my own though. I think it's a personal decision and you'll find pros and cons to both.
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Some people like the early socialization classes for baby puppies. I like socializing my puppies myself, and starting puppy classes after they're 4 months old. By this time I've already started training on my own though. I think it's a personal decision and you'll find pros and cons to both.
Yeah that's a good idea. One puppy class im looking at is mainly about socializing with OB. But I'm really considering getting one of the leerburg videos on engagement. I think I'll definitely need that video. I'm pretty sure im probably not making the training fun enough for him. But he is doesn't seem to be too much into it. Just all of his movements are really slow. He doesn't seem to be food driven. But like I said. Im new to all this and I need some help.
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Youtube has some great puppy training videos. Look up crate games for one. It should hit on others for you. Carlos Rojas is in NJ. Look him up. Not sure if he does puppy classes or not, but could probably recommend a trainer. It can sometimes be better for you to take a private lesson once a week until the both of you get the hang of the training. I did privates for at least 6 months I think before I added a group class. If the puppy is getting board, maybe you are spending too much time training or maybe it is too formal. I have no idea, just offering ideas. Do not train on a full stomach either. You should be feeding at least twice a day. Work your pup a bit before both meals or even just one. How many weeks is your pup? That is how many minutes your training sessions should be right now.
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Youtube has some great puppy training videos. Look up crate games for one. It should hit on others for you. Carlos Rojas is in NJ. Look him up. Not sure if he does puppy classes or not, but could probably recommend a trainer. It can sometimes be better for you to take a private lesson once a week until the both of you get the hang of the training. I did privates for at least 6 months I think before I added a group class. If the puppy is getting board, maybe you are spending too much time training or maybe it is too formal. I have no idea, just offering ideas. Do not train on a full stomach either. You should be feeding at least twice a day. Work your pup a bit before both meals or even just one. How many weeks is your pup? That is how many minutes your training sessions should be right now.
My puppy is 9 weeks and I use his kibble to train him. I was told to feed him two cups a day and I break that up into 4 meals. With added treats eqch time. So half cup of kibble with added treats.
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