No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Even if you take classes you'll be doing most of his training yourself. Classes are typically 1 hour a week, with most of the work being done by you as homework between each class. It's nice to have some structure to your training - each week there will be new things to train, the instructor will usually explain and then demonstrate, and everyone gets to work on it in class. In the classes I've taken the instructor (or assistants if there are any), will go around the room and observe everyone working with their dog and offer suggestions or answer any questions they may have. You may get a handout with each weeks lessons or you can take notes on what you're supposed to be working on that week. The next week there's a review of what was covered the previous week, and people can get help with any challenges they've been having before moving on to the current weeks lessons. Your classes may vary, but that's what the ones I've been to are like.
You can start teaching commands at any time. We worked on them in puppy class, but I started at home as soon as I got my puppy, so I had anywhere from 3 weeks (Halo - got her at 10 weeks and started puppy class at 13 weeks) to 5 or 6 weeks (got Dena and Keefer were both 9 weeks old when we got them, and I think she was 15 weeks old when we started classes, and Keef was maybe a week younger when his class started). By the time all of my pups started puppy class we'd worked on name recognition, sit, down, watch, come, leave it, touch (hand targeting), find it (look for treat on floor), impulse control, and learning the release word.
Keefer 8/25/05-4/24/19 ~ The sweetest boy
Halo 11/9/08-6/17/18 ~ You left pawprints on our hearts
Dena 9/12/04-10/4/08 ~ Forever would have been too short