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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2013, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Training with my husband

Our puppy (one of the little spuds in the pics) was born on 24Apr and I can't wait for the end of June! It's been 14 years since we've had a puppy (our beloved GSD mix went to the Rainbow Bridge last month.) So there are lots of things to relearn. I'll probably be visiting this site often! My first question is about training. Should my husband and I train together, at the same time, each giving the same commands, or should we do it separately at different times? Or should one person be the prime trainer doing most of the work and the other secondary?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2013, 01:46 PM
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You should both train together and seperately, but mostly together with both taking turns handling the leash. Keep on the same page and it'll be easy. Dogs can have multiple owners and listen to them, though they do seem to always pick their favourite person


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2013, 01:58 PM
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I think you should train together so you both learn to use the same verbal commands and hand signals.

The problem is, if you want to do classes, some places only allow one handler. We looked around and was able to find a family friendly training facility and encouraged both husband and wife, parent and child, etc.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2013, 02:47 PM
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I am the trainer and enforcer in our home. I did all our dogs training he just took his ques (loosely) from me and uses the same commands. My husband is the polar opposite of me. I am a type A personality while he just kind of does what ever and rarely gets upset. The dogs look at me as the alpha and him as the Beta. While they respect him they respect me more and look to me for approval when both of us are around. They will listen to him but not like they listen to me. So it is what ever works for you and your husband.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2013, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your advice! I will look for a family friendly trainer because I want to take the pup to classes. I was worried training together would be confusing to the pup, but your ideas make sense. We don't to do any dog sports; we want a companion and burglar alarm. But I really want a STRONG recall on this pup. Our recently lost and sorely missed GSD had no recall whatsoever (he flunked the final! ) and had to be a leash dog.
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