I don't think Petsmart is necesarry, though. It is expensive. It cost about $80.00 for one class. All you have to do is buy a book that helps you train your dog and train it from the book. You can get one of these books from just about any pet shop. :)
At the petsmart I go to they have pretty good training. I know both instructors and they offer private lessons or in groups of 2. I don't recall it being 80 bucks per class. You should meet up with the trainer and see what they have to offer. You can also attend a few classes to see what they are like.
Maybe you could observe a class before you decide, or just happen to be "shopping" while the class is going on. Do local shelters have classes like that? I know some have behaviorists so maybe trainers? I have no idea what I'm talking about, but its an idea!
I wouldn't go to Petsmart for their training program. (at least the one in my area is not too good)
I watched them do a session with a Lab (real sweet dog, but had NO idea what manners were) The "trainer" literally said SIT and that was all. About 20 times and the dog layed down once, that was all. AND she was using TREATS which I don't think is the best way.
Leave Petsmart for food and toys LOL :-) That's what they're good at, that's about it. Don't even get me started on their GROOMING!!
***Edited By: MommaMia on 2/21/2006 11:47:18 PM*** Reason: ADD
Our petsmarts have pretty good training for beginners. They don't use treats. They make the training fun for the dogs like playing a game. But they have horrible grooming lol. It's really al up to you. If I were you, I would attend one of the lessons to determine if it is right for me. It's all up you. Good luck!
***Edited By: finalsphere on 2/22/2006 12:49:14 AM*** Reason: add
OZZYGIRL, Teacup is in k-9 training and doing pretty good i didnt' expect to much at first b/c i had him spoild rotten and he did what ever he wanted to. i had no other choice but to put him in school. I'm very please with the outcome.they let me observe the class first. I was amaze at the way they train the dogs. I pay $50.00 amonth he go every monday from 7:00p.m till 9:00p.m before you choose vist a couple of places and sit in observe the classes and it will help you make up your mind.I love teacup school. at first he didnt like it he didnt want no one telling him what to do, can you beleive the little bugger? hehehe... but now he's getting use to it. the littlest thing there.
I worked at Petsmart for a while. I wanted to be a trainer, but when I read over how they teach the dogs and the techniques they used, I decided to just get certified some place else. The way they go about training isnít very effective. I wouldnít recommend it. Find a local trainer, or read up on training yourself, itís pretty fun and easy if you take the time. But being in a class is good, too, because it also socializes the dog.
I dont like petsmart training.The methods are effective.From what I have seen up here anyway.I laso dont like how they let the dogs rough house with each other and jump all over people.Up here it $99 for 7 weeks.I go to a place that is $89 for 8 weeks and my dogs are all advanced trained by 2 classes.Just observe different palces
I took Cinnamon to PetSmart training and I think it was money well spent. She only received the basic training though, so I would recommend that, I but don't know much about advanced training there.
One thing I am really thankful to PetSmart for:
During her training, they taught this command that instucted the dog not cross through the doorway until given a command. This really paid off one day when I was down at my neighbor's house and the wind blew my front door open. I came back to the house about 30 min later and Cinnamon was sitting in front of the door and had not run out. I was utterly amazed! I cried and thanked God that she had remembered that particular aspect of the training.
I recommend to you to check out all available training resources in your area and figure out what you want to gain from training before deciding where to get your dog trained.
thanks for all of your replies. I think i will look into petsmart to see if Its right for my baby. Otherwise I will try to find a trainer in my area. My pup is pretty good with commands like, "sit", "come here", "no", and she comes when I call her name... I want her to learn to walk on her leash (shes only 2lbs so I don't know if its too heavy for her or if shes just being stubborn) and I want her to know when playtime is over and its time for bed. any suggestions????
I think trainers at PetCo and PetSmart are touch and go. I take Merphy to PetSmart, he just started the intermediate class two weeks ago. I like them because they teach with distractions...he has to walk through treats, toys, squeakies, and people calling his name or clapping their hands. It's great for Merphy and he does really well.
They do not do much with behavior problems, but thats not what I'm paying for. I paid $99 for basic training, then I got a discount for signing up for intermediate, so I paid $80 for that. To me, its worth it. They don't let the dogs rough house (but Merphys a problem child) or jump on people...the female trainer won't even pet Merphy until he sits, even though I let him jump on me.
I'd say observe a class or two and talk to the trainers (s). My trainers don't necessarily follow the PetSmart training guide word for word, they add their own spin and opinions too.
I actually am going to an interview at Petsmart today to be a dog trainer. I have prior training instructon and handling for the US Military. The best advise I could give you is to check everything out for yourself. All instructors are different. Theres a saying in the military working dog community. Poop runs down lease...although we never said it this nicely. Buts its true, if the instructor is having a bad day and brings it to work the dogs will run off the same emotion. Dogs sense this and can even pick up on how the leash is grasped. Just like how horses know if a rider is new or and expert because how they grasp the ranes. Don't judge a Petsmart instructor by other Petsmarts out of your location. Its all bout the instructors...period. Hope you do well.