I will be enrolling Mason in group basic obedience towards the end of the month.
However, I was wondering what you all think of a one time private session. I just spoke to a lady in my area who will come out to our house for 2 hours and evaluate Mason and work with us to correct some of his behaviors. The reason I'm mainly interested in this is because hubby and I are treating Mason differently. I won't tolerate his biting, etc but my husband will let him bite and he rough houses with Mason. I think this will turn into a problem later; hubby disagrees because he says "he's just a baby".
Has anyone ever used a private session before? I would appreciate any advice from the novices to the pros.
It's $250 for 2 hrs. Is it worth it?
***Edited By: wantamaltese on 4/4/2006 11:35:51 AM*** Reason: Add
sounds to me like you need this 2 hour in home behavior lesson more for your hubby then mason lol. if you have specific problems with mason that you cannot correct then i guess it would be a good idea but he seems like he is still a young baby and your obedience instructor should be able to help you through any baby problems like biting, housebreaking, etc.
I (we) paid quite a bit ($765) for private training for our two mini schnauzer puppies and I think it was worth it. Since our dogs are small I didn't want to be known for having the yappy, ill-bahaved dogs on the block. I also did the private training since we have 3 dogs total and I wanted her to see them in their own environment. I don't know how old Mason is, but ours were just 20 weeks and they did very well, although if I don't work with them often, they forget or choose to ignore commands.
I can relate about the husband thing. Mine wasn't here when the trainer came so he will use different commands or not follow through with a command. He also expects them to be "perfect" on the leash since he paid $$ for them to be trained, this makes walks ever so pleasant. I am just trying to work them more when he is not around and also working on training him (husb) without him knowing he is being trained.
***Edited By: terrierterror on 4/4/2006 1:46:18 PM*** Reason: oops
I would go through the basic obediende first and see if there are any good pointers you get there and if the behavior gets better with more training.
We are going through that now and may end up with private lessons afterwards. One thing at a time. Ours would be 7 one hour sessions for $350. We have two dogs and she won't charge anymore because of that.
Take this time to look around more and see if this trainer has gotten results in the past. I would rather have several sessions like we are looking at so you could practice what is taught in between and the trainer could work with you.
Still it may be cheaper to train your hubby. That sometimes proves difficult. They will listen to a stranger sometimes when it comes to something like this instead of their wives.
You all are hilarious. You're absolutely right, the $250 would be spent on training hubby instead of Mason (11 wks)!! Well, Mason will be starting Basic I on May 10 and hubby is definitely coming along with us.
MinPin Mom, re: your comment "They will listen to a stranger sometimes when it comes to something like this instead of their wives." This is so true!! I've been quoting books, the vet, etc, but you're right he won't listen until it comes from someone else.
***Edited By: wantamaltese on 4/4/2006 2:18:06 PM*** Reason: Add
Hi Cockerlover! Mason is fine. He's our "little monster". I have read so many books and none of them really prepared us for puppyhood. I'm getting used to it though. This is all new to us so we're learning as we go.
Last night when DH got home from work he wasn't in a mood to play with Mason, but the little fellow was so excited to see his Daddy that he went straight for his pant leg (dress pants at that). DH could not control him. Finally, that was my cue to tell DH that this is the reason we need to be consistent!! We're confusing the little guy. He's getting the picture now and is eager to start Basic with Mason. I'm going to sign Mason up for the session starting on May 10. I can't wait!
Yea I agree with the other posts. That sounds like a lot of money. I'd wait and make the hubbie come with you to the obediance classes or get him to read some of the books. I'd try to convince him that consistency is key, as I am sure you are trying to do! I think more owners need to be willing to take their dog to obedience classes, so 'props' to you! Good luck!
Wantamaltese..I know how you are feeling. With my first dog I thought we were well prepared also. Conveniently enough we live across the street from the public library so I literally took every puppy book out that they had over a period of a month before Maggie's arrival. With the amount of books I read, she should have been doing algebra by 4 months :) My previous dog had been an 8 month old rescue but that was many years ago and looking back on it she was a dream dog! I was working full time nightshift when we first got 8 week old Maggie. My thoughts had been that someone would always be home with her 24 hrs a day so it wouldn't be a problem. Well by her 5th day here, I had a total of 10 hrs sleep. I was covered in scratches from her continuous chewing on my appendages and I got to the point I didn't even notice I was dragging a small brown dog on the end of my pant leg anymore :) By day 6 I was in tears (probably more from lack of sleep than anything else)...I couldn't help but think we made a huge mistake and what have we done! Needless to say it did eventually get better. I put her in puppy kindergarten and I quit my job lol. I waited until she was 9 months old then got another job where I work only part time nights. I also work 3 hrs a day as a dog walker so that's perfect! We now put Maggie and Katie (the 4 month old dog) together downstairs and they play until I get up. It does get better. And when it does you will be saying "I think its time to get another one" :)
Keesha, oh how I wish I could quit my job and stay at home with Mason. Even better, I wish I could take him to work with me. No luck of that ever happening.
Does your Maltipoo potty outside, inside, or both? Mason is going on his wee wee pads now, but we will eventualy transition him to outside. I've read that indoor/outdoor training is confusing and impossible. However, one of our neighbors has a bichon who potties outside on their walks, but during bad weather he potties inside. Any input?
My Maltipoo does both. Inside on her papers and outside when I take her out. The only time she uses the papers now is when I'm out dog walking (or sleeping after a night shift). The rest of the time she goes outside. Now they love being outside so they are out every hour or so when I'm around. My Yorkie x Maltese used her wee pads (didn't like newspaper...unlike my Maltipoo that didn't like wee pads...hmmm) until she was about 5 1/2 - 6 months. After that she always just went outside. I left the wee pads out just in case. When she was 9 months old I had her spayed. She developed the nastiest case of diarrhea ever that lasted over 2 weeks. I don't know if it was the stress from the spay or something else. But those wee pads were a god sent. That's the only time since she was about 6 months old that she used them. I find that both dogs just gradually used the inside papers less and less. If you take them outside often enough they empty outside and don't have anything for inside anyways. Now again I NEVER move the place the papers are kept. Personally I think that's where you run into trouble with them going elsewhere in the house. IF they only have one certain spot in the house that is "okay" for them to use, then generally that's all they will use inside the house. Funny thing is when Maggie had the explosive diarrhea and was going 5-6 times a night...we put wee pads on the floor of our bedroom just in case she couldn't get outside quick enough (we never put them in our bedroom before). She refused to use them the ones in the bedroom..she would run downstairs and use the one in the kitchen that has always been there.