I am looking in to getting some serious training for my Doberman and have found a place in Washington D.C. that will board your dog from 3-5 weeks, depending on the training you want, and train them with a lifetime gaurantee.
Has anyone ever done this? Opinions and Advise on this is greatly appreicated.
I have done alot of training with King myself, but with him now at 9mths old and 90lbs and still not fully trained, I really need to put my foot on the gas pedal. I'm doing as much as I can, but I don't think the time I have to spend on it with him is enough.
I had done the boarding and training with Blaze. She was there for 3 weeks.
I think I would do it again, I missed her so terribly was the tough part. You do have to realize that they only set the foundation and the rest is up to you. But it is easier to continue when you know what to do and how to handle the dog. Good luck.
Is there anyway you can tell me the name of this place as I live in the area and am having trouble with my pup and was looking for a good place. I know you are not supposed to advertise but if there is anyway I could find out that would be great
personally i frown upon those types of training. i have known people who have done it and while their dog has learned the basics, they have not learned to obey YOU. training not only is fun, but it creates a strong bond between you and your dog, and it also solidifies your postition as leader to your dog.
i won;t even go into the horro stories i have heard. last year or so someone came on this board and posted about their GSD puppy being stolen and sold while it was at one of these training places. plus do you really know these people and how they train ? what are their reasons for thinking it is better for you to leave your dog with them to be trained VS you and your dog training together with them ?
i just dont see any benefits to you not being there at all. but my imagination can think of a million reaosns NOT to do it.
i don't know, maybe i am misinterpreting your statement but, that sounds kinda like..... laziness. if that is wrong, i am really sorry.
training doesn't have to be a set time each day for a certain amount of time in order to be effective. you can incorporate the training into your every day life. you didn't mention what problems you were having, or how your dog is already set in his ways, but i bet there are simple things you can do each day to break him of his habits, without it eating up a whole lot of time. as you go about your day occasionally throw commands out to your dog(s). thats what i did with scout. i didnt have time each day to spend just training her, so while i was puttering around i just told her to do stuff. down stays while i cooked, or was watching TV. called her to come if she wasn;t in the same room as me.
seriously there are so many ways you can do it, but if the main problem is that the dog isnt listening to you, and you dont know how to correct that, you and he need to take the classes together, not seperately. 1 hour a week for a class isnt much time and it is really a lot of fun =)
I agree training should be between owner and dog, not outside person and dog. I have bonded alot with these two throughout all their training. Was it easy? heck no! Riley is now where I want him at as far as obedience/agility/basic training goes. took 2 hard years.
I know of one kennel I'm looking into that trains for field trials but requires owner be present and participate in the training.
I know I didn't have Blaze go through that training because I was lazy. It was because I didn't know how to train. Blaze was there for the first two weeks and then I was there for the last week. I then learned how to train and handle her.
Like I said before this only lays a foundation and it is up to the owner to keep up with it. Knowing what to do it was fun and we still spend 15 mins or so a day just going over the basic steps.
I have never had dogs before and didn't have a clue. I went to the obedience classes with Wiley but after hearing the next time he growls jerk his head off. That was enough for me.
I found Blazes trainer from people talking how wonderful she is. I called her and spent over two hours talking to her and called her daily when Blaze was there to go over what she is learning and what works best for Blaze.
Some times people need help and I honestly found a one on one training was a heck of a lot better then walking in a circle in obedience training with 50 other dogs and people!! I think the OP was just trying to help her dog!
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 1/9/2007 1:52:00 PM*** Reason: add
Wow V. been a while since we talked...should have given me a call! we have an outfit here in TX called man's best friend, basically the same thing but they don't keep your dog more than 2 weeks.But I've seen dogs they trained and they are fool proof. It was expensive about 750 and this was 10 years ago, but these people said it was worth every penny. King has done some growing huh? T
Ok, here is my input. I have done this type of training for people. I take there dogs for 4-6 weesks, teach the dog the basics and than give the owners lessons to transfer the obedience over to the owner. This type of train has a lot of advantages, one being that the trainer can skip over a lot if noraml issues that owners stuggle with since the trainer does this all the time, two the dog has a clear understanding of what is being asked of them, trainers are normally more clear in communicating what is expected, three the envirionment is set up for learning. And there are more benifits. I have had a great rate of success in this type of training, much better than group or private lessons. I am so very business geting my boys ready for competition, so I don't have time to work a sheltie that my friend gave me, so I plan to send her off for board and train, it's gives the dog a clear understanding of what's going on, and than the trainer teaches you. As for the dog who was stolen and sold, that is a rare thing, I've only heard of the one case, out of how ever many thousands of dogs that go thourgh this kind of training. Make sure it's a good trainer and get references. And if they check out I say go for it.:) You will be happy that you did.
Scout....no, it's not laziness...I dont' think, LOL.
Like I said before, King is a 9 mth old Doberman Pinscher, that is 90+lbs and still growning. Big dog is an understatement when he jumps up or turns around to quickly.
Don't get me wrong, I've been training him every chance I get. He sits, stays, downs, comes, goes to his bed, all on command. He also sit stays on his own after walks at the front door, and when waiting to be fed. So we can say he has the basics, which I trained him on myself.
what I'm looking into the boarding for is to help with leash walking/healing, and how can I say this...being more aware of his surrondings. He often is so focused on me that he forgets we have little ones in the house. Tends to knock them over. He also is very "jerky" with his head when you lean in to kiss, pet, etc, him. This often results in a busted lip or a headache on the leaning in persons. I realize he's just a pup, and alot of this can be just "puppy energy" but I want to try to help him realize that he needs to be more aware/gentle.
He also knows not to jump up, but sometimes gets very excited and oh boy...there's nothing like having 90 lbs tossed at your chest.
Lastly, although him and Echo (the older male) are getting along great, he likes to "open mouth" bite Echo and Echo hates it. I want him to understand that you can play, but not like that.
Raising a large working dog is a journey in training. You don't train and poof the dog is done. These are dogs that are not matured untill 2 to 3 years of age and that means you are going through an ongoing process of ups and downs, joys an destroyed property.
A few weeks at a trainer won't make everything all better.
Icy, I understand that. I just want to make sure he's getting the best training he can get. I do my best with him, and feel he's coming along well, but I don't want to miss anything.
I want him to be as well trained as possible. A dog not well trained is a large liability, in and out of the home. It's important to me to ensure his safety and my families safety, as well as my neighbors.
I'm not looking of a "quick fix" or anything like that, more like additional support.
GotHusky2 I laud you on your efforts, research and desire to get your dog trained to the point you want. There is nothing wrong seeking help and assistance. Personally I don't think you are lazy or looking for a magic cure.