Well, we have a 90 minute puppy-kindergarten class we are taking CoCo to this evening.* Her first class!
I talked to the trainer on the phone last night, she sounds very nice and* very straight-forward.... she tells it like it is, which is how I like my advice!* She said one Golden owner might not be back because she may have insulted him inadvertently... hehe.*
She also had a good saying "The only thing two trainers can agree on is what the third trainer is doing wrong" which I thought was funny and sometimes appropriate here!
Basically, the puppies play and the trainer goes over any questions we have about raising a puppy, plus some basic obedience.* Its a just-show-up class, so there is no set schedule for what's covered, which is why she goes for a 90min class over 60min as there are so many questions to answer.* She said there are 2 other labs who go frequently, and one is a male chocolate CoCo's age, so I hope he goes!
Anyhow, CoCo is on the older end of the spectrum for the puppy-K class, but she is starting a 9wk obedience class in 4 weeks and we're signed up for it.* Unfortunately, we may miss the last week due to our vacation plans, but hopefully we can either make it up or have someone else take her.
She uses positive reinforcement/clicker training, so I'm very excited about this!* Only 6-7 dogs per class as well.
At the very least we can see how well we like her at the puppy-k class tonight before we invest in the obedience classes.
Just got back from Puppy-Kindergarten! CoCo crawled right into her crate went to sleep... it was a big day today, as my husband took her for her first real SWIM today... so she's tuckered out.
So, when we arrived I immediately liked the trainer, she's very no nonsense yet approachable. Since this is an ongoing, drop-in class, most people there already new each other. There were 2 black labs, a golden retreiver, 2 little yorkies (1 saucy as all heck and 1 terrified), and a cocker spaniel that actually had to leave because of a leg injury. All the pups were around 13-17 weeks. CoCo was smaller then the other labs, 1 was a week older and 1 a week younger, but she kept up! This was also the first time she was able to play with puppies her own size/age and she had SOOO much fun!
So, after the puppies played off leash for a bit, the trainer had everyone leash their dogs and sit on the floor with the pups sitting between their legs. She then showed us some handling techniques to calm the dogs down and to show them we're dominant. Very cool. She talked a lot about puppy raising and behaviour... what's acceptable and what's not. Then after a bit we let the puppies play off leash again. After a while we sat down and leashed them again and she talked some more and answered more questions (they had discussed crate training last week, but that's okay since we already do this). Then it was another play time. In total the class was 90 minutes, and she only charges $10!
We are signed up for a 9 week begginer obedience class which starts in a month, and she trains right up through advanced. AND her prices are excellent! YAYYYYYY!!!
Oh, I forgot to mention the 2 little yorkie puppies...
One was pretty timid... the trainer put out one of those nylon tunnels for him to go into to feel safe, but eventually he came out and waddles around to the other puppies, who basically ingnore him... too cute!
The other was SUPER saucy... tried to hump every dog and growled a lot. CoCo and the golden retriever thought he was a great play mate... CoCo would just take her paw and swipe at him, all the while hopping and blay bowing like it was the best play mate... meanwhile the yorkie is acting likes he's in dire danger, growling and snapping... but he was too small to do any damage at least! I hope the socialization works for him!
Anyhow, it was soooo interesting seeing how the different puppies played... the yorkies liked to chase... while the retrievers were all over the place... paws, mouths, hip-butts, body rolls, etc... It was just too freakin' cute!