My name is Mauri and I have a question for all of you. I recently bought a Cocker Spaniel puppy (Penny) for my Black Lab. OK, OK, actually she was for me. Anyway, I am wondering if I am a bad pet parent because i'm not sending her to obedience training. Everytime I enter a certain store I feel like I am being hounded by the trainers to sign her up. I did send my Lab (Preston) to training because he is a whole lot more dog to handle but she is so much calmer than he was. I don't know if I am making a mistake or not.
I've never taken a dog to a formal training class. I've never had the need. I do plan to attend in the near future but that is for compition obediance/agility.
I am always amused when they swarm me and suggest I sign up for pet training when I have a dog on a loose leash standing calmly beside me.
It is wrong if you let the dog become out of control and have no ability to train her. At that point you need to seek help. However not going to a class is not bad. They are there to help those of us who need help.
If you think you can train your dog then I don't see any problem at all!
Maggie (beagle) was such a handful that we DID do pup school and to tell the truth I think I handled her better at home working with her. We really didn't learn anything new that we couldn't figure out ourselves. Though Maggie REALLY enjoyed seeing all the pups once a week.
Hannah (basset) is a much more laid back pup that I really see no reason to take her to school. She listens and acts very well- especially for her age. The only downfall will be her not meeting other pups. She does greet a lot of the neighborhood dogs and my mom has 2 so it's not an issue of her being unsocialized as much as being with other puppies. We may still take her just for that reason.
Both dogs get along great with other dogs. They both are very good with children too.
You will want your dog to behave - it doesn't really matter if you teach it or if it is done in front of a crowd.
Good name for your new puppy! My puppy is named Penny too :)
As far as classes, I do plan on taking Penny to one. I've taught her most commands on my own, but there are some areas that I need help in. Also, I need her to be in an enviroment where there are distractions, new things, people, and other dogs. She gets way too excited over people/dogs that it would be nice to reinforce training in that enviroment.
So I think it really depends on where your dog is. I don't see anything wrong with never taking any classes. Especially it's not like they're cheap!