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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-29-2010, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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I am looking into obedience classes but not really for the dog. My wife and I have just adopted Abby, who is a wonderfully behaved seven year old GSD. She minds very well but at times just resists a little. We don't want to teach her any bad habbits and since my wife is new to large dogs and I only have experience with farm dogs that worked independently, we are the ones who need the training.

I was wondering if it would be best for us to sign up for a basic class or if private classes would be better.
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You are so lucky to have gotten a wonderful new dog that is so well behaved! If she's that good, it probably doesn't matter which type of class you take her to, but I usually prefer group classes for the distraction factor.

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i like private lessons in the begining.
i go to group classes later on. distractions
are good but like anything else i add them in slowly.
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I'd say group classes would benefit the whole family, your dog will get to see some friends, you'll meet new people and get some advice. It's also a good way to make sure you'll train since you'll have a goal for the next week. Congratulations on your new girl!
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I like group classes, then you can see how she'll be around others. Don't feel bad, I have been to ton's of classes and I'm still learning.

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On reading my post I realized that I should have made the reason for my question a bit clearer. Abby has a canine good citizen certificate and the therapy dog certification with her old family has not expired yet.

Since she is so well trained I was wondering if a few private lessons would get me up to speed better than a group obedience class.

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I think it's whatever you are comfortable with. You have an already trained dog so it's all about you learning. It might give you a better idea of her socialization if you took a group class.
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It sounds like she is a well behaved and mild mannered dog, but that doesn't affect both of your needs to go to dog school. She can always use more classes and you say you need them both. It doesn't matter which type of class you go to, private or group, for what you are looking to get out of it. I still think a group class is better as there are more distractions and you get more chances to learn how to handle her.

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I like the group classes. You learn from others mistakes and there isn't any pressure on you so if you make a mistake you don't take it so hard on yourself.

Also, there is a huge social network out there of just plain ole' dog lovers. The more people you meet the more resources you have in the future!

Lastly, there is always someone in the class who knows even less than you do! lol.
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She minds very well but at times just resists a little.
Could you describe what you mean by "resists just a little"? Could it be, maybe, that Abby is "resisting" because she does not fully understand what you are asking of her or how you are asking it? Just a thought.

But classes are a great idea for you to bond and learn to better work with one another. Either a private class or group classes should work for this purpose, as long as the trainer uses positive methods and gives you enough one-on-one attention to address any concerns you may have.

Re: what some said about seeing how well-socialized she is or how she's around other dogs, she's very well socialized and perfectly fine around other dogs. (The dog in question is the Abby I used to have.)

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