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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-18-2015, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Group vs Individual Classes

We will be picking up our puppy on January 9th, and we are very excited for it! We took our other dog to obedience classes (at the local humane society) and I really liked that atmosphere there and the structure. It was really teaching us how to train our dogs more than anything, but I think that worked out really well for us. We are probably going to take our puppy to some obedience classes too. But I was wondering what people's opinions were on group vs. individual classes.

Should our new pup be worked in a group setting at first (once puppy shots are up to date, after 12 weeks), or should we take him to private lessons?

Personally, I think we are going to start with group lessons, so he can not only learn the basic commands, but also learn how to interact with other dogs (before every lesson the dogs were allowed 15ish minutes to go outside and run around and play in a small group of about 4 dogs, so that they could learn to be calm and nonagressive toward other dogs, if a dog was getting stressed, or aggressive, she taught the owner how to condition the dog so it wouldn't be a problem) These classes have about 10 dogs in a class, and the instructor noticed different dog needs and gave advice on how to condition for different dogs, so it wasn't a cut-and-dry here is the schedule, this is exactly what we are going to do class.

I was just wondering if anybody had any reasons why we shouldn't take a young pup to a group class really. Please, we want to make sure our young pup will be trained well, so we don't make any mistakes on our part to turn him into an unbearable dog.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-18-2015, 12:39 PM
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Since private trainers are more expensive I like to use them later as necessary, to work on specific issues in a one on one setting. I don't really see any reason why you'd need one for beginning basic training, especially since you have some prior dog training experience.

I start training at home right away, and then when puppy has all the required vaccinations, we go to a group class. I like to have a foundation of those first few weeks at home in a low distraction environment to build our relationship, but I also like working around other dogs, as you mentioned. If you have access to a good group class (and it sounds like you do), that's what I'd do. You can get maybe 2 or 3 private sessions for the same price as a 6 week class. If you do end up needing more intensive training later you can still do that but you shouldn't really need it for basic beginning OB.

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Is your other dog unbearable,lol?!Sounds like the class you attended before was just fine.If you decide to take your training further along or are thinking of competing down the road,private or semi private(just two or three dogs)could be helpful to learn how to be a better trainer and communicate with your dog more effectively.You get the help you may need to work out any bumps in the road.And then attending a larger class is great for practicing working and focusing with distractions.You can take advantage of both types of class.Congrats on your new puppy!

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Thank you guys! I felt in my gut that a group class would be a good start. We plan on conditioning our little fella (Bruce) as soon as we get him to his name and marker word (things we learned in the other class) and teaching him basic things such as sitting, and laying down, house training, chewtoy training, crate training, and loose leash walking, and how to ride in a car (we are thinking we are going to get him a harness at this point, because it is more versatile than a crate). So he at least has a little foundation, and once he gets his second series of vaccinations then we will start him up in a group setting.

And no, our other dog was absolutely amazing, but we didn't raise him, so I want to make sure we will do as good of a job haha!

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I like group cuz then I know Even of there's other commotion or distractions he will listen to me

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I like group cuz then I know Even of there's other commotion or distractions he will listen to me

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This is a good point thank you! I think we will start with group training, and if he has any areas that need special attention we'll get a private trainer to address those. Also at the humane society they offer half price individual lessons after you've gone through the group lesson! So more bonus for completing a group lesson.

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