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critterlady 04-14-2014 10:34 PM

When to start formal training?
What is a good age to start formal obedience training in a class setting with a trainer? I had one trainer tell me she won't start until at least 5 months old. I went to her puppy kindergarten class, but her style of training is not for me, she uses a Caesar Milan style training, is very aggressive with the puppies and with holds treats, she doesn't feel they are needed for training, so I am currently looking for another trainer, but I live in a rural area in central Illinois and am not having much luck locating one.

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Jax08 04-14-2014 10:52 PM

Now. Start shaping NOW. Get a clicker. Look for a positive based trainer.

critterlady 04-14-2014 11:03 PM

Zeus is 15 weeks old now, I have been working on the basics with him for quite a while now, he's pretty good at sit and down, working on stay, just wasn't sure when to start classes.

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kakarot 04-14-2014 11:36 PM

start classes as soon as his vaccinations are done if you want to put him in classes. :) basic obedience like sit, down, stay, etc. is easy enough for him to learn at home with treats and a clicker or whatever positive training you can do. i taught mine sit, down, stay, drop it/leave it, kennel, speak, roll over, play dead, and fetch all at home just showing him how from what i learned on the internet. you can also work on loose leash training yourself.

Candi0416 04-24-2014 05:54 PM

I started training my girl as soon as I brought her home. She was almost 6 weeks by 7 weeks she mastered sit and knew the command lay down. 8 masters lay down. And learned paw at 9 weeks at 9 1/2 weeks she let me knew when she had to potty outside and now at 11 weeks we learned speak. I train my dogs myself. I don't use the clicker method I reward with her treat immediately. It takes patience and a lot of praise

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gnet158 04-25-2014 02:06 PM


What type of treats are safe for pups? And how many treats are too many, don't want to spoil my boys appetite.

DJEtzel 04-25-2014 02:22 PM

I start training the day puppies come home. They start a class around 12 weeks typically.

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