Please find a class that you both can attend & learn from. This way you learn as your dog does & he gets the adequate socialization he needs around crowds & other animals. Sending your dog off for someone else to train is not being responsible. You are also subjecting your dog to physical abuse by a trainer.......it DOES happen! So go have fun with your dog in a training class perhaps with a Petco or Petsmart. :) You'll be glad that you did!
I need a similar camp. Will these camps accept a disobedient puppy and its "young master"?? I personally think that a 14 weekold puppy and a 3.5 year old could flourish in this strict environment..lol. Sounds like a good idea to me. Sorry. I am unaware of any such camps anywhere. e
***Edited By: obispo44 on 4/28/2005 9:19:21 PM*** Reason: sdss
there is a problem "sending your dogs away", esppeciall pups. bonding occurs deeply within 1 st year and so does pack order. the dog sent to someone else will not make the dog listen to you. it doesn't work like that. the dog will listen to who trains it. also, on the disobedient dogs, dogs naturally want to make the pack work, ideas of revenge and disobedience are hardly what a dog is thinking. the dog is confused and/or doesn't know what the rules are. you may think they know but, if they do not respond they are confused on what to do. i would say 99.9% of training issuses are the fault of the handler. dogs only do what they are conditioned to do.
thomp. As For some advice. find an obedience club. often hard headed dogs become the best dogs. they force you to go beyond basic training and get some more advanced help. Check out an obedience club, they may offer more advanced training than let's say pet smart or something of that nature. stay away from trainers who claim to have the seceret formula. also, if you are not comfortable with thier techniques, leave. the dog will sense you are not confident and do not believe in what you are doing and this will make him or anxious and unruly. get confidentm get postive, get assetive, get calm, and lovingly take control. the dog will love it.
Sorry I can't help you find a trainer in your area....but everyone is right, when I first started training dogs I think I had to teach myself more than my dog...it's all about consistancy and if you yourself don't learn that then the dog will never respond to you. My dog responds so much to just body language alone...something that I'm still working to master at being consistent with. My friend who is a professional dog trainer told me that the slightest movement...such as raising an eyebrow can change the way your dog behaves. Ever seen the dogs that can count? They teach them by conditioning them to respond to a very slight movement. There's so much for the owner to learn that you would be missing out if you don't attend the obedience classes with the dog. Good luck, and have fun with it!