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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-22-2009, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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age to starting training

I know training starts when you get them, but i was wondering how old would be a good time to start like a trainging class? have seen 4 months? and how much should i be looking at paying for this?
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Re: age to starting training

You can start a simple Petsmart class when the dog is, like, 8 weeks old. That class is $108, at least it was when I looked into it. I'm sure that there are better classes out there but I know that that is something simple and probably in your area.

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Re: age to starting training

all of my trianers told me to bring the dog
to them at 4 months old. puppy classes started
at 9 or 10 weeks old.
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Jethro had his first lessons today at 9 weeks (not in a class setting but....) I start them when I get them.


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I started training Dena in the car on the way home! We had a 10 hour drive, and I sat in the back seat next to her crate rewarding her for eye contact, and working on name recognition.

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Re: age to starting training

I read a training manual that said don't start training until 6mo - VERY BIG MISTAKE!! Start training your dog from a pup as soon as you get him/her. BUT do not expect obedience until at least 2.5 years - you may get it well before then but your expectation of before that age could lead to disappointment and unreasonable expectations.

Socialisation with it's littermates and mother should start as soon as the pup is born if the breeder is diligent. Safe socialisation with known safe outsiders should start as early as possible - 5 weeks? short rides in cars, household noise - vacuum cleaners, washing machines, etc.

From then on, it is constant for the rest of the dog's life.

For unknown contact wait until full immunisation to minimise risk but with known safe contact I would start asap.

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At 5 weeks the pup should still be at the breeder and should be exposed to all of the normal household noises.


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Re: age to starting training

I took Dakota to puppy classes as soon as I could get her into to them - at about 3 months. Went to level two after that and am now going to start on level 3 at the beginning of April - she will be 8 1/2 months then. Some pretty smart puppies were in my classes.

A friend of my sister's got a GSD a six months before me and her breeder told her not to start formal obedience until the dog was a year old and to let the puppy be a puppy. The breeder told me the same thing. The friend is now wishing she did the obedience training.

I pay a lot for my classes, $250 for 9 weeks. Basically there are 8 weeks of instruction and the last week is the "test" where we are marked, including handler error. I like the attitude of the instructors and the classes are really close to home (great for the winter). I could spend a little less, but would be spending this on gas and spend more time communting.
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Re: age to starting training

thanks for all the responces...i found a class the next town over for 60 bucks for 8 weeks. its a non profit place, I have only had Ace for 3 days and i can already tell he is very smart and scared of everything lol. he does whine alot though and i guess its just from not knowing us yet and being away from his family? when does this stop, when he does it i feel so bad.
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by 2.5 years old your dog should be well trained.

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Originally Posted By: QynI read a training manual that said don't start training until 6mo - VERY BIG MISTAKE!! Start training your dog from a pup as soon as you get him/her. BUT do not expect obedience until at least 2.5 years - you may get it well before then but your expectation of before that age could lead to disappointment and unreasonable expectations.

Socialisation with it's littermates and mother should start as soon as the pup is born if the breeder is diligent. Safe socialisation with known safe outsiders should start as early as possible - 5 weeks? short rides in cars, household noise - vacuum cleaners, washing machines, etc.

From then on, it is constant for the rest of the dog's life.

For unknown contact wait until full immunisation to minimise risk but with known safe contact I would start asap.
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