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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Are obedience clubs worth it?

I hope this is in the correct spot.

I am looking into an obedience/socialization club. I am just wondering if you find them worth the money?

A few questions:
1) What does your club do?
2) What do they roughly cost?
3) Have you noticed a big improvement in your dog since joining?

Thanks for all your help.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 07:06 PM
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i was never a member of an obedience/socialization club.
my dog went to a puppy class then a private trainer and then
to group classes. classes and clubs are a definite help.
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1) Train dogs. (competition OB is their focus, they also do agility, tracking, etc on a smaller scale)

2) $100 a year. Generally speaking, at least with the one's I know/have been involved with, you pay to join, and so long as you work within their class schedules group OB is free or discounted. Some things are not free, but are discounted for members such as tracking, which is $80 for non-members, $50 for members, etc.

3) Like to think I'm getting something out of it. You get back what you put in, so if you want to do a lot of training, then a membership can certainly be worth it. If all you want is to take a puppy class or two, might just be better to pay for those and forgo joining.

They are forming a new agility club here in the next few months, and in all likelihood I will be joining that, as that is more my interest now. Fees are supposedly going to be $25 a year, with access to fields and equipment (sounds great to me!!).

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What you get out of it. I think is going to totally depend on what the clubs in your area are like and what you plan on putting into it.

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Our club- Tyler Obedience Training Club- is great! It's $25 a year membership but you don't have to be a member to take classes [the classes are much cheaper if you are a member though]. It's an AKC club so we train in obedience, rally and agility. We put on really good trials besides doing lots of demos and appearances at fairs, fund raisers, etc. The main goal is to bring awareness to the community that you can and should train your dog. Stosh has made some really good friends that come over for play time and I've learned a lot.
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I am not a member of a club (yet) but have gone through the obedience training (currently in advanced obedience) and I can say it is DEFINATELY worth every penny!! It has created a stronger bond with our pup; she is getting more and more confident; helps with socialization and is excited when we say its time to go to puppy class!!

Our closest club is an hour away, but I think we will be joining it once her last obedience class is over. We want to do something further with Angel, so will probably join the club to see more of what they do in rally, obedience and agility. We would really love to get Angel in FlyBall, but the closest place that does that is 3 hours away
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Thanks for all the info everyone.

Do the memberships just give you access to classes? I am already going to group training. I am just wondering if a club would be better?
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Our club offers discounted prices to all members, free use of agility equipment and access to the premises for training or play. Members are also offered classes that aren't available to the general public- things like a heeling class, rally skills, learning weave poles.
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mycobra...everybody needs something in life. Some folks collect stamps, some people hang in bars and some people go golfing. I use to go to personal protection training as a observer, where they did some serious training. As far as I could see...to all the folks there, it was as much a social event as it was K9 training and I learned alot just watching.

I say go...even if you can't afford it !

BTW: all the K9s there were GSDs except for two Malinois.

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my club isn't an "obedience" club, it is an AKC club. My membership dues are $10 a year and the time that I volunteer.

We have conformation classes free to members. We have informal agility classes for free and formal classes for a reduced fee. We have rally and obedience classes - informal for free and formal for a reduced fee. We also have drop in agility/rally/obedience classes for $5 every Tuesday.
In our informal classes and drop ins, we meet up and ask "what do you need to practice this week?" So one week we might focus mainly on back crosses for agility and another it might be rally novice mixed with some high level obedience exercises.

We also have seminars for health, different training, etc. At our obedience trial in 2 weeks, there is going to be a short seminar on sports injuries and how to tell if your dog has a simple pulled muscle or if you need immediate vet attention. Our speaker is going to be a local specialist.
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