Training in the DC metro area (NOVA, DC, MD)??
I recently acquired the rights to my family's dog, Harley. I know that may sound weird, but I'm the "real dog person" in the family and my parents have discovered that shepherds require a ton of work and dedication. Since this is my family's first shepherd, they really did not know what they were getting into and feel a little overwhelmed. I have been at College this year, but have since graduated and now have full responsibility of Harley (thank god--he is literally the love of my life). While I was at school, however, the big guy was sent to a training school for two weeks where he was clicker trained. He came back from training camp very responsive and happy. I know that a lot of people on this forum aren't really into send away training options (neither am I!), but it was my parents decision and not mine.
Anyways, Harley's training continues to go well but I would like some private instruction with a German Shepherd trainer. I was told that I could go back to the training school he was at for classes, but I would rather seek private obedience classes locally from an experienced trainer with GSD knowledge. Do you think that is a good idea? Or should I return to the training school? He is 14 months so I think it is crucial to continue his training, but I don't want to compromise his previous training with new training. Either way, I want him to continue to learn and have good mental stimulation.. any suggestions would be great!
Also, does anyone know any really good trainers in the DC area? I live in Potomac but am close to DC and Northern VA.
Any advice would be appreciated!
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