Tonight is Riddicks first night attending obedience class. Last week we had the first class without the dogs, you know where you go over what the dogs will be learning, what kind of collars/leashes to bring and use, etc.
Last week, listening to the other 7 people in the class talk about their dogs, I was surprised by how many people wait until their puppies/dogs are having behavioral problems before doing obedience training. There's one person in class who refers to his over-excitable dog as 'Crack Puppy'. I would say at least 5 of the 8 people in the class have dogs with behavioral problems. In 3 cases, the dogs were rescues, so that's a little more understandable.
In the class (as I remember anyway) will be 3 purebred labs (one of them is Riddick's littermate and brother Buddy), 2 lab mixes (which no doubt means that they're black dogs, as it seems every humane society describes black dogs as lab mixes), a flat-coated retriever, a bloodhound, and one I can't remember.
So I am wondering, for those of you who did obedience classes... how many of you took your dog to classes because of behavioral problems that needed correcting?
the dogs i have had since puppy hood i have always taken to obedience classes when they were young. usually for at least one round of an 8 week course. with stosh i didnt go back for another round of classes cause he was so stinkin attached to me and would never leave my sight that i could tell ihm to do anything and he would do it. he lived to please his mom. thunder i periodically have taken him back to classes over the years. mostly just for sometihng to do. scout went thru several obedience classes in a row to get her therapy dog cert. and now we are in them again for rally. i mainly take them for socialization experience and not so much the obedience instruction untill now with scout cause the rally is something new and different. or when i get bored and want something to do then they go back.
Took Georgie to puppy class right away. I took the advice of the trainer and waited until she was 8 months old for the regular obedience. He told me that little dogs need a little more time to mature and she would get more out of it if I waited. Even at that, she was the youngest in training class and there were dogs there with behavior problems. Georgie has her own issues which I warned the trainer about and took her to 3 private classes before the training class started but atleast she is very friendly. Just too friendly.
I knew Georgie needed extra help and taught her a lot before going to classes and I keep working on it. She is very smart but very excitable.
Hope Riddick does well and the other dogs are not too much of a distraction. Georgie did well at the first 3 obedience classes and then things stopped going quite so well because of the Cocker constantly lunging at her and other dogs and too many other distractions for such an excitable little Min Pin. Won't give up though. Working on her weight now and walking on a leash. She is behaving better every day. You get what you put into it. That is for sure.
I've enrolled Maggie in puppy kindergarten classes, which will start June 4. I was planning on doing it anyway, but as it turns out, we both really need it! She's a hyper little brittany, and I know that what is cute at 8lbs will not be so cute at 35lbs. She'll be 3 months old then, and I'm hoping we both survive until then!
I didn't take classes with Leeza (that was 11 yrs ago) I started training her myself right away. But I taught her stuff like sit pretty, spin around and high five. She wasn't all that fast then so healing was easy. Ozzy on the other hand I go when he was 2, his behavior was a tad weird to me so I went to a class. I was also interested in what they had to offer.
Maybe there are some troublemakers, whiners and people...whoops I mean dogs who require babysitting and lots of obedience that could accompany you and Riddick to what is sure to be a fun night. Have a great time!! Riddick will make you proud, sure you already are though. e
i went tp puppy classes as soon as we were ablewith both pups. and in snoopy's class, we were the 'crack puppy'. jumping like a kangaroo all over the place. i am still having this problem in our obed I class. just last nite i threatened him that i would quit. he ignored me.
We just finished obedience class. Mainly I took her to socialize her. Most of every thing they were teaching I had already been taught and could teach her at home, but I wanted her to be around other dogs and people. I think that's almost as important as the actual obedience. Plus it helps me brush up on my skills.
***Edited By: gingerspice on 5/17/2005 10:37:26 PM*** Reason: edit
It went very well, we went over a *lot* of stuff tonight. I have not been working on 'down' at all with Riddick, mostly I've been doing sit, stay, stand, and stack command. So taht's one area we need to work on. One thing Riddick absolutely excels at is walking on a leash. He really did me proud, walking along side me on a loose lead like a real pro.
I didn't believe this worked until I actually tried it with Bowen, who is a 'champion puller'. As soon as the dog gets to the end of the line and is trying to pull you, make a sharp right hand 90 degree turn and give a sharp tug on the collar. If the dog trots ahead of you again, make another. Bowen's no dummy, he figured out after we walked in a big square that he'd better pay more attention to where I was and was much better about pulling. You have to walk briskly though, not slowly.
I waited because I was ignorant. My family had lots of dogs and never had done any dog obedience classes. As kids we taught our dogs tricks and stuff.
Now I am old and I have two dogs. My one I got from a pet store developed behavior problems the other I got from a show breeder did not and is excellant.
I am 1/2 way through my petsmart training course. I was practicing during class, we were all scattered in the store practicing.. Well the some customers came up to me during my session and could not believe my dog was behaving and if I was the trainer! No.. I told them. They had a new lab mix pup and I told them to do obedience when she gets a little older.. she was only 7 weeks.