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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Class or Train Myself?

I am gettin my GSD May 1st (he was born 2 days ago! ) I work from home fulltime and have plenty of time to spend with the pup and was wondering if training him myself would be better than class.

Its my first large dog, i've trained small and less intelligent dogs myself.

I would love to do basic obedience myself and then do advanced and protection with trained teachers. Thoughts?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 10:39 AM
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Both! Class is really important for the socialization aspect as well as having another set of eyes watching what you are doing and helping you correct things if you screw up. But going to formal class once a week isn't enough so you need to practice every day at home. Don't forget to give the pup some alone time during the day even though you are home so s/he learns to be by themself.

Congrats on the new pup. Can't wait to see pictures.
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i think going to a class would be very
helpfull. puppy class, OB class. let a professional
know you want to do protection work. you want to
start the pup off in the right direction.
train and socialize everyday, several times a day.
good luck with the new pup.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 11:33 AM
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I agree you need to get the pup socialized, I would be very careful about the way you go about socializaton if you are interested in protection work, do not let just any dog approach your pup unless you are sure of its temperment if a pup is attacked you will have a good chance at having a aggressive aniamal towards other dogs. I would get the basic commands taught, along with the basic OB training, it is my personel opinion that bite work should be done before the advanced OB as I believe it to help with a young working dogs confidence, which is very important before doing advanced OB work. Best of luck with your pup.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for all the help!
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 11:52 AM
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Hello aboard.

You should consider both. Even if you are an accomplished trainer you should train your puppy in a group setting. The group training offers socialization with dogs and people. The "private" training comes into play during the week between the class get together. Have fun!!

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If you want to do sch.h the time is now to find a club. Raising a sport dog is a balancing act between what you want for the field and 'house behaviour'. Go visit the club a few times between now and the pup comes and take your 'puppy classes' with the club.

Read. Read. Read. Sport work takes A LOT of time, commitment and unfortunatly the money aspect too.
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