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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-27-2018, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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List of things for trainer

Im sending my 14 week old puppy for 2 week training, trainer told me to make a list of things i want him to learn and goals.
Besides basic commands what should i include in that list?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-27-2018, 07:00 PM
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Why are you sending your dog to someone else to train? Your reason for sending should tell you what your dog needs to learn. He’s very young, so they should be doing basic foundation work, house manners and interacting with the environment. If the trainer doesn’t know that, I would reconsider.
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He's only 14 weeks? what exactly do you expect him to learn in 2 weeks other than the beginnings of basic commands? He's just a baby. And after the 2 weeks, what do you expect? Are you going to continue training?

Sit. Down. leash walking. basic manners. And that is really a lot for 2 weeks for a 14 week old puppy.
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If I were you I would take that time to train him myself, spend as much time with the pup in order to bond. Before 6 months, that's where primary socialisation takes place the most. I didn't have a trainer until my dog was 9-10 months, and it was only for consultation, never to learn basic obedience/tricks. I teach him all basic obedience, tricks and manners.

But if you still want to proceed. At 14 weeks, I will just expect him to learn a good sit, stay, leash walking, no pull, probably down. Just the basics.
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I'm in agreement with everyone else who has replied, save your money and train basic obedience yourself! When he's a little older join a puppy obedience class. Working with your puppy on basic obedience is good for both of you, it's a bonding activity! If you have questions on teaching specific things search the forum, chances are it's been addressed before! If not ask!
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I can understand sending your puppy to the 2 week training camp if you are going out of town during the period of time or close to it and have no options. At least it would be productive for the time and you know your pup would be socialized and not cooped up the majority of the time. But if you're just sending the pup off for training I would suggest just doing it yourself. Especially cause a lot of "problems" going on right now are because your pup is still a baby. They grow so quickly at this age, 2 weeks is a long time to miss out on. Basic obedience is pretty easy to teach these intelligent pups and if you are having trouble there are always classes that are less than an hour where a trainer can help you and your pup. At his age though I agree with everyone else basic obedience, house manners, leash walking, and I wouldn't expect too much more from such a young pup. Plus you'd save a lot of money, in my area it averages around $2,000 or more for a 2 week board and train program.
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Im sending him for training because Im getting knee surgery, from the hours of 9-3pm him and I would be togrther but i would be unable to move so would it be fair for him to sit there looking at me and wondering why im
Not playing with him or working with him? No it wouldnt thats why i prefer he goes to training for 2 weeks, those two weeks will help alot. Im not being lazy & choosing the easy way out. I dont have the ability to train him right now thats why.
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I dont like the idea of spending $$$ on something I could do myself but I wont be able to. I’ll be on crutches for the next few months. Back to back surgery on both knees. This is why I came here to ask my question. Thank you to those who answered it.
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