I was curious what everyone's opinions are on puppy classes for Bella and Teegan. I recognize that they should probably not be in the same class, to prevent them from distracting each other. 1. What about Petsmart training? I have heard that the classes are usually led by inexperienced trainers with little experience.
2. Do we do the same session, but just on different nights? Or could my husband and I attend the same night with one of us focused on one dog?
3. What about in-home training? I can't seem to find pricing information on the internet, but would it be actually cheaper than enrolling 2 puppies in classes?
I have known people who used Petsmart and were happy however they were also inexperienced. I saw a notice on Petsmart's wall saying "Dog Trainers wanted no experience necessary". That frightens me! The last time I looked for a trainer I asked everyone I knew for a recommendation. I think it is important to go and preview the class before you sign up. You want to make sure the method they use is acceptable to you.
I have been in many classes where 2 dogs attended and the husband and wife each handled one. They seemed to do fine. I wouldn't stand right next to each other though. Having their housemate in the class could actually work to your advantage providing a great distraction in which to work with.
I'm not sure if in home training would actually be cheaper. You would have to look into it. Sometimes the trainer who comes to your home spends more time training your dog than you.
Training classes are a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it!
We went to a training class that was held by a breeder. Any breed dog could attend the class.
When I had first called regarding the class they did offer to let me come in and watch (w/out the dog of course).
PUPPY CLASSES: I think an important part of puppy classes is to help socialize your dog with many different kinds of dogs. Also it does help your dog to learn to listen in a public setting with a lot of distractions. I have seen at some Petsmarts classes in session. I usually stood back and just kind of observed how the trainers reacted to different dogs (showing different problems). That is important for your education as well as your dogs- how the trainer will help correct a problem and if they even offer to help or just let you try to blindly.
PERSONAL CLASSES: It seems with classes it is more generic with trainers in the center or off to the side giving directions. An at home trainer would probably work much more closely and be able to correct you more effieciently. I am sure an at home trainer would cost quite a bit more but you may have an easier training experience. They would be able to work with you on more specific problem areas as well. Of course you would have a more flexible schedule to work with.
Regardless to which form of education you go they will expect you to work with your dog on the new commands.
i've done petsmart and a professional trainer; while petsmart was OK i got much more detail and help and experience with the professional trainer. they just knew more. i got lots more for my money. that's what i'd recommend. i think two family members can do two dogs just fine. i like classes much better than home training because part of the experience is training the dog with distractions. i think home training really lacks for that reason. the dog has to learn to be calm and behaved when nothing is going on but talking by the trainer too. then when classes are done a person could always do some one on one home training. i think puppy classes are great. they get some great chances to play and meet other sizes of dogs. i liked the "pass the puppy" thing where we sit in a circle and pass our puppies around for everyone to meet and play with a little. i did them with all of mine and had a ball with it. the dogs did too.
***Edited By: pearl on 7/30/2006 11:46:34 PM*** Reason: x
I like pearls post. I do in home training. But it is important to get the dogs around distractions. But I have found training in the beginning in a enivorment that is chaotic and divides the dogs attention. This is what you will get always. a dog with divided attetion. So I like to take the first three or 4 sessions and make sure we have solid focus, then we go and proof it with distactions later. I will tell you, I applied to be a petsmart dog trainer for a side job. I had an interview, I went to training, petsmart gives thier trainers. The focus of the training was "how to avoid getting a lawsuit slapped on petsmart". and as for instrcuting people on how to be a dog trainer...I was light years beyonf the people giving the class. You will get more out of reading books. I swear the best way to get good cheap dog training is enroll your dog in a sport. membership maybe like 50 or 60 dollars a month. sometimes cheaper, I pay 150.00 a year. In a year you will know how to train a dog. your dog will be light years past where it is now. And you will have some trophies and ribbons to be proud of.
I've been researching some classes for my dog too. I have a Petco near me but too bad they haven't found a trainer yet... as for other popular obedience schools, it's usually just under $200 for a 6 week session. Private training is a lot more expensive, but of course you get what you pay for - completely individualized attention. I think it depends on what your dogs needs are and where they're at. Goodluck!
I use to work for Petsmart. They send their trainers to a training coarse. I actually used Petsmart for my Labs training. I would just ask questions when you meet with them. Find out what style of training they use because even though they go through a training course they still differ. Some use prong collars and some don't. I would just look for a trainer that does it the way you want it.
I know there have been many bad stories about inexperienced trainers at petco, petsmart. But I went to petco and my trainer was fully licensed. I think I will be trying petsmart for another course though but my trainer was licensed. It all depends, but you certainly need to ask questions. If not, like others said, look into individual training.
I don't know the association she was with or what exactly it was. But it wasn't petco. Because she had her certificates handy and we were informed that she was licensed. I can probably find out when we get back.
Agility is an awesome sport. Mixed breeds can do it too! Not AKC shows but there are plenty out there for you. The only thing is you need an obedience base because it is an offleash sport and you have to have control.
There are tons of sports that mutts can do. Flyball, agility, dock dogs aka splash dogs, frisbee, dancing dogs, coursing. That is how I became a dog trainer. I got involved with a sport. I was looking for training and just stumble upon it.