Talked to the people I thought would do it and they charge $225 a week and they cannot tell you how long it will take. They either do personal training with you and your dog or you leave the dog with them in the morning and pick up in the evening every day for a week until they are done. They say they will teach sit, down, stay, walk on a leash and stay with you regardless of distractions, not to jump, to stay in a particular area until told to come and various other things. They don't offer training with other dogs. She uses positive and negative reinforcement. She said she used pinch, choke collars and I can't remember what else because my mind kind of blanked out thinking about Georgie's little neck.
It seems like they do a good job but I am not sure about the tactics. There was a dog in the back corner standing on its bed and wagging his tail but he would not come off the bed. It was part of his training. My little Min Pin did her best butt in the air and tail wagging gyrations but he only wagged his tail and stayed where he was supposed to.
Could also cost a fortune by the time they are done!!
holy god am i in the wrong part of the animal field. 225 a week ? hell the trainers around here get 140 dollars for one lesson a week and 8 week course. please tell me where you live cause i am moving there straight away and becoming a dog trainer.
minpin- there is a place around me that seems to be run by the same doggie trainer mafia as the place you looked into. they were, i think, $400 for 2 weeks. and it was all day, like day care.
heres my problem with that- isnt the owner supposed to train with the dog to form a bond, and so the owner adn dog have an understanding of the 'language' used? what i mean is, each person is different. at puppy class, 'stay' was a palm out to the dog. i used 1 finger, like the motion fro 1. had i let them train snoop, and then picked him up after a week, i would have figured he didnt know stay, because he didnt know the signal.
Yes, Eskiegirl. That is exactly why I would never have picked that option. I would have wanted the private lessons where I was participating in training my own dog. The bond is the most important thing to me. I'll have to keep looking because I am not sure I want to go the Petsmart route again.
One thing that I enjoyed about a group setting like we trained our German Shepard in, was his exposure to all of the other dogs. By the time we were done training. we had him lying and staying and the other dogs were able to walk around and some walk over him without a care in the world. That was a huge step for Brut. Should have tried it with a cat! We were given homework for the week and I felt we did pretty good at it and his training a pretty good success.
Mafiaprincess, I showed up for a class that had no other puppies in it. At first, I thought it was good since she would get individual attention and she is so crazy about other dogs so I thought it would be good because I wouldn't bother the other puppies trying to learn and she would not be so distracted. I had already taught her sit and down. All they really taught her was to stay in a sit position or down position until she was released. Any time I asked about something else they would not pursue it once she got distracted. I was told at that age you take whatever they give you and he thought she was doing great. Both trainers there seem to have negative attitudes towards Min Pins although the trainer that worked with me did get to like Georgie and said he only saw one other Min Pin like her and that she was a great dog. When the class was over, he told me that Petsmart would want him to sign me up for the next class but he suggested waiting until Georgie was 7 or 8 months old and then she would get more out of it.
Sometimes, he would really aggravate me telling me to leave her in her crate more at home so she craved my attention more. He thought we did not have a strong bond because she was not watching everything I did. I thought that was a little too much to expect out of a highly excitable 4 month old puppy.
I am wanting to go somewhere else and maybe do puppy class over again since she really needs socialization. She is a wonderful little dog who just gets too excited when she sees other dogs. She will always be excitable but hopefully she can learn to tone it down a little.
No one seemed to have any opinion on Petsmart, I appreciated hearing from someone who had been there.
I had some of those same problems, and got a refund for half the class today. Doggie school stress and trainer drama got to be too much. My puppy class was full of over 6 month old dogs, and we had the basics like sit and down too. Hell last week a man with a 1 yr old rott cross bit me twice, and didn't even seem to care that his dog had bitten me, it took me and him to get the dog's mouth open... I still love rotties, just too many uncaring handlers.
I also found they had an attitude against cocker spaniels... kept telling me she was going to be an excited pee'r and such. It sort of pissed me off that they had set stereotypes. Sorry I'm rambling. It was just nice to hear someone else's experience, thank you.