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Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Re: Puppy Kindergarten/Training classes - yes or no?
Formal classes are vital (in my opinion). You can't match the socialization in what should be a fairly controlled situation. I know I never have a bunch of friends with puppies the same time I do. And it's good to have them exposed to puppies and adult dogs thru out their lives.
Additionally, dog training has changed alot in the past years. I'd rather have the instant feedback and guidance to teach/train my dog well, rather than fumble along on my own and deal with the issues that may come up from that. Dog classes are fun fun fun also, for me and my dogs. I have met friends that I've now had for years.
So we go for dog hikes, socialization events, train together (for distractions) as well as having a large group of friends that know me, know my dogs, and when I have to go on trips they can take my dogs (no kennel!!!!) and when they have to go I do the same!
Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus NA NAJ NF
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