Hi everyone just wondering has anyone else took their pups to training classes? as i am due to start one with Tilly next week, what does this involve and did your dog get distracted?
I have taken puppy class. A good class will
- disinfect to ensure puppies' don't catch anything (prior to each class)
- ensure all puppies are at the appropriate stage of their shots (based on age)
- orient the class FOR PUPPIES. this is not basic obedience. Lots of breaks and the "training" phases tend to be short. A puppy cannot concentrate for an hour so it is pointless to try and make them! the one I took had random play periods.
- do lots of socilialisation. have the puppys leash taken by someone else, have others touch your pup (at their pace, if the dog is scared you go slow and less intense). introduce new sounds and sites and textures.
of course puppies are going to be distracted. have yummy treats and have fun!
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Make sure you bring some treats for training, expect some chaos.
haha i will do thank you
1. Don't skimp on the treats for your puppy. Bring something that your puppy loves! No hard biscuits! 2. Take your dog for a walk before puppy class. Let your dog run around off leash if possible. 3. Have fun. Your puppy will be a retard. Expect it. You must have infinite patience with your dog. 4. Do your research on what kind of training you want for you dog. If you have no idea what I mean, then you haven't done your research. Also, remember, training methods are like religion. My advise is pick something and be consistent.
Traing classes with a good trainer, (not Petco or other pet store based classes!), are wonderful. If you are not having the experiience Tanya described above, look for a new school and trainer and try to go in to observe a class or 2 before commiting and paying the fees. There are as many crack pot trainers as there are good ones! Good luck!
Maxx & Emma Jean
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