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Are puppy classes worth the money?


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Yes. I found it was well worth it just for the socialization alone. I also learned some great training methods I had never tried before & it was good to have someone experienced I could discuss any questions or concerns with.

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Yes! Great info and time with my puppy!Puppy class-imageuploadedbypg-free1385431011.848310.jpg


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I'm not sure how much they cost where you are, but they were important for me because no one I know has dogs. I wanted him to be used to being around other dogs and people in a controlled setting. For me it was $99 (New Zealand dollars that is) for 3xhour long sessions over the course of 3 weeks.

The classes mostly involved each person keeping their puppy leashed and close to them while the instructor taught us a few things and shared some useful tips and ideologies for puppy raising. We'd practice simple commands, but it was all very casual and there wasn't much pressure or high expectations (it's a lot for a puppy to be taking in at the time). At the end the they could be let off to play, but would be split up into big pups and small pups. If some of the bigger pups were more shy, or gentle they could play with the small pup group too.

I think it's especially great for new owners, because of how overwhelming having a puppy is, and all of the information you need to take in to 'raise your dog right', but it can be good for more experienced owners too. I would probably do it again if I got another puppy in future.
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yes, puppy classes are worth the money. it's worth more money
if you train, socialize (daily), set up play groups, be out and
about with your dog, met people, ride in the car, etc.
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I agree with everyone. I find the class I am in his very helpful. Its more like a class for us to learn then them. As well as to pick someones brain. My pup is doing great, he is so intelligent that its scary haha. Mine was $299. for 8, 1 hour sessions (good old Long Island NY pricing). Worth every penny.
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Well, I'm the exception. I get all the free training I want, since I help out with their website and photography, etc.

I've only been to two classes and I honestly did not find them helpful.

I don't think they are worth it, and their free.
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Some are worth more than others and it really comes down to the trainer and your training goals.
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I agree with everyone. I find the class I am in his very helpful. Its more like a class for us to learn then them. As well as to pick someones brain. My pup is doing great, he is so intelligent that its scary haha. Mine was $299. for 8, 1 hour sessions (good old Long Island NY pricing). Worth every penny.
Whoo Hooo!!!! Great insight! Everybody can learn something, nobody knows everything. Not all classes are equal and some are better than others. Even your highest competitors take classes!!!

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