Well as some of you know, I am getting a puppy soon & I am looking for a good obedience class that my puppy can go to. Does anyone have any experience in sending their puppy to PETsMART obedience class?
The petsmart classes ar totally depndent on who they have as a trainer/instructor. I will say that your dog will be hihgly distracted by people walking by with other dogs, peopel going "Oo look at the cute puppy!" and such. Which is good and bad, if you can teach your pup to focus on you.
Went through 4 Petsmart trainers, and fought with the management before I was satisfied. Distration was evil in the beginning, but was amazing by the end. Meet all the trainers at the local store and have a decent length talk, see how they interact with your pup before choosing the store or trainer..
One good thing with Petsmart is the puppy playground time in between all the training. I valued that alot more than actually teaching my puppy to sit and down. If you want intense training, get a private trainer. But I think for a new puppy, socialization is alot more important.
I did a lot of resseach before I finally enrolled Angie in an obeience class, and I ended up getting a private trainer. Of course, Anie some major issues though, and needed more than what Petsmart was able to offer me. I will tell you that getting a pirvate trainer isn't cheap, ut the one I eneded up with is for her entire life, should problems devlope later as well. Once he training is complete to my satisfaction, I can take here to group lessons from the same company no extra charge.
Here's a link with a lot of comments from when I asked about Petsmart obedience. I hope this helps you too :-)
Thank you Harlee! I think I will ask my mom to find a private trainer, or another trainer other than PETsMART. My friend sent her yorkie to petsmart too & she doesn't seem very obedient.. lol she will sit ONLY for a treat & thats about it.
Just remember if a pet is not obedient its because of the owner and not neccessarily because of the class itself. Not defending PetSmart or anything because I don't have any experience with them, but just something to keep in mind. To have a really obedient dog you have to first use the right methods and then work on it every day with your dog.
Try loooking in the yellow pges and check brochures and business cards at the vet too. I called tons of places and asked a a gazion questions before I picked one ... lol.
As I said, Angie had some MAJOR issues, qhich is why I went with a private trainer. If you only need basic obedience training, then a group class should work fine. If you haven't done so, try observing one the training classes at Petsmasrt asnd talk to one of the trainers. I did, and I wasn't impressed, but each Petsmart is different and some are better than others :-)
Add ... lol . Ginger just said almost what I said about watching a class ... lol. I guess I was typing when she was posting :-)
***Edited By: harlee29 on 8/18/2005 3:16:44 PM*** Reason: add
im not bashing petsmart but i want a qaulity instructor not that they dont have one or some i think everyone has had there experiances
as far as socilzation, to me i dont think it should be a once a week thing, i think some people think oh well i have them in obediance training and that will do. well because i have a rott i make extra efforts to socialize with other people like my neighbors and there pets. my neighbor behind me has to english spaniels and i supervise ma pup playing with them everyday, and also every 2 days i take her over to my father in laws to play with an adult female golden retiriever.i also think alot of people feel there dog will be more distracted in a huge training session and that the training wont be beneficial. then again that depends on the dog and the trainer
***Edited By: Caesar on 8/18/2005 3:35:22 PM*** Reason: sp
If anyone is asking me, you should down first before I tell you what I paid ... lol.
I paid $600. Anigie was 5 months old when I enrolled her. Had I waited another month, it owuld have gone up $700. Had I enrolled her sooner ... well, I don't know. I dind't want to ask and find out I could have saved a few hundred. I may have stated crying ... lol.
The trainer comes to my house once a week and spends a hour and a half with her. Once the dog is completeley trained to my satisfaction, I can take her to the once a month geoup classes.
I did find one guy who charged $75 an hour, but he could have ended up coming 10 times. NO guarantee on how many lessons she woul have to have.
Then there was one man who boarded the dog for 2 weeks at his home and did the training there. I would have been required to take at 3 lessons with her., which was no problem. It is the owner that trains the dog., or I should say, it is the owner who is trained.
Another company did the same thing, but wanted $800. However, if I wanted to pay $1,000, the training would be for her life if problems developed later, or I wanted her to learn to come when she's called off leash and other commands.
The others places I called were all once a week group lessons and varied in price from $75 to $135 for a 6 to 8 week course.
In any case, I went with the fisrt one ... which wasn't the fist place I called ... and I'm extremely happy with the compnay and the trainer. He is absolutely woneul and Angie loves him and will do anything in n the world for him. When he's done with the lesson, he'll hold her and kiss her and play with her..
I agee that a once a week group lesson doesn't do much for socializing a puppy. A puppy should see new people every day if possible, by taking him or her on walks. I take Angie for a walk almost every night, and she gets to see other people and dother dogs, plus once a week, I take her to the dog park, where she has a blast.
***Edited By: harlee29 on 8/18/2005 6:22:22 PM*** Reason: *
I have a feeling that Hershey will need some kind of obedience training. So far, the only commands that we have accomplished on our own with her are to "sit" and "shake". She has a few bad labrador retriever habits like jumping and nipping. She's very cute most of the time, but yet we feel that she needs to learn what is appropriate behaviors and what is not allowed.
I agree with other messages that going to a private class will keep a puppy more focused. Places like PetCo and Petsmart will more than likely result in distractions from customers walking past the class. I know at my local PetCo, they set up class on one side of the store and the pups got distracted somewhat from customers.