I used to come to this site about 2 years ago..... I asked a simple questhion about a web site i had seen where the dog goes offf for 2 weeks of training. NOT ONCE did i say i was going to do this, I ASKED has anyone done this. I have never jeard of this and thought it was strange.NO i dont mind going to classes, in fact we went today! If someone cant ask a simple questhion with out getting jumped on than this web site is nothing like it used to be. 2 years ago people were happy to help and answer...
thank you so much.... I have a lab puppy she is 10 weeks old. Th eplace that i got her from had her outside so i have been using the pee pads for the moment. She has been using them more so than not. What i was going to do was once she is used to them put them outside the glass door so she will see them and hopefull learn to tap the door. My rottie did it this way, but it was some time ago. My main ? was i have been looking into training for her and i had asked if anyone on this site if they had any advice on a place i found. they take the dog for 3 weeks and teach her almost everything she would need to know. i said i doen think i could do this as i would miss her way to much. I did not fill right about doing it so i thought i would ask on here and see if anyone has ever dont that. I did sign her up for class today that we both start next week. I got nasty replys back for a simple questhion. I came to this site 2 years ago right before and after my dobie passed away and it seems like people where so much more helpfull and understanding. Thank you for answering my post
Let me start off with I am not going to "jump you" on this issue as it is a legitimate and highly asked question... I have been speaking with many people, including an animal behaviorist in our dog community regarding training.
The conclusion is... any place that takes your dog away to train should really be looked into.
I talked to one groomer in our local area who had to testify against a trainer that took a dog away for 3 weeks. They returned it to her shop to make it look good again, the dog was in REALLY bad shape and needed medical attention; not a groomer.
Basically you don't want to be another horror story or have a dog that is afraid of everything in sight.
What they do recocmend is any training that involves you. It is more effort but you can control and give hints as to how your puppy responds best. =)
If you do decide to do the three weeks I would seriously check into websites that monitor animal abuse along with asking local dog rescues/grooming/animal feed stores/vets/humane socities everyone in your local dog community; not simply the refrences the trainer may provide to you. As it is better to be safe than sorry =) good luck with your little guy!
julieah, yes people their are a few people on this website that can be kind of jumpy and rude. But you can ask me anything, and i will gladly help you in a respective way. Sometimes people don't mean to be rude on this website but their posts can sound like they were being that way. :) have a good day! -mypoodlerocks
I once knew someone who used to train dogs by taking them for a week. This lady was charged with animal cruelty and neglect for the accidental (so said) death of a GSD. The dog had fear and dominance problems and she had tied his mouth closed (so he wouldn't bite) and laid down on him to get him to stop struggling. The dog ended up being so stressed and had a heart attack and died. This lady is now somewhere in California, as she fled to the United States to avoid prosecution.
I personally will never let anyone take my dogs. I had a learning experience in that department.
Training classes where you are present should help you bond better with your pup and that way your dog sees you as in charge. As for potty training, I would skip the potty pads completely. It just confuses them, as he is still peeing in the house. Just bring him out every couple hours, if you see him sniffin in a spot bring him out and tell him to go pee. Eventually, the very first thing your dog will do when it goes outside is do his business. If your gone, kennel him and as soon as you get back let him out. Once you feel you can trust him completely, you can leave im home alone. There will always be accidents, but I hope this helps a bit.
azynda , mypoodlerocks , bogle lover Thank you all for your nice post back and not jumping on me for asking a simple questhion, your post it just what i was looking for. I wanted to know more about these places as i had never heard of somthing like that. I never once said i was going to send my puppy but for some reason i got all kinds of crap back at me. Im not going to send my dog away, i love her so much i just could not do that. Not knowing if she was happy,feed or being taken care off. We went to petsmart and will be going to puppy classes strating next week. $99 for 8 week classes sound very good and she will be with me and not a stranger. Once again thank you for your post and being nice about asking a simple question.
Ohh and on the pott training, i first went with the pads as wher i got her from they had her in a pen at all times. All of a sudden it seems like something has clicked with her. Today she has been going to the back door and will bark or cry. She really is very smart.
Sorry if I repeat something already mentioned, but I personally felt it was important to be involved in the training. Don't worry, I'm not saying you aren't. I haven't heard very much about places where dogs can be sent, but there is one not too far from where I live. I feel a bit apprehensive about things like that. I always need to know what's going on with Pebbles, lol.
So, good luck with everything :)
Congrats on getting her to go to the door. Pebbles will do it for the most part, but I think she's gotten into a rebellious stage, so she's been visiting her "friend" the crate a lot more, lol
Pebbies ohhh yes the crate, believe me Maui has been in hers on and off. For the most part she stay right near me, and she is getting very good at letting me know when she needs out. I have been doing a lot of training with her myself and soon we are going to take classes together. I cant wait i think it will be a good thing for both of us. I know i could never send her away i guess i was just wondering how many people really do that.
julieh, i have just jioned this web site and gotta say some folks on here rule the roost a bit. its there way or the high way. also think they are quite clicky or not welcoming sometimes. just putting my tuppence in is all. i 2 thought about sending my dog of for training, it was just a thought mind, but you voiced the question fist and you copped it girl. anyway good luck with you furry baby
Oh i love labradors, juleiah what color is your labrador? I personally like the yellow colored labs the best, but i also love the black and chocolate colored doggies :) Labs arre gorgeous dogs, i am glad that the potty training is going well for you.
haha, I know exactly what your talking about. Except, even 2 years ago people would jump on my case, where I was a 16 year old with no job or money and trying to figure out how to get a dog to the vet and be able to pay it off when it wasn't my dog. haha. I guess just try to remain real mutual with everything, or else people accuse others of being wrong, because if you have your own opinion, at least last time I was here, you were wrong. It has gotten better for me since then, but I know exactly where your coming from. You have sympathy here. It seems to me that it has gotten better on this website, except for when you bring up breeding dogs or something cruel or unusual. Breeding I mean by you don't care about the breed your breeding or not competing with it to prove they're a good standard for the breed. Anywho, I'll stop blabbering. Bye. =D
A friend we know took their dog to PetSmart for training and it worked out well. I personally have just trained my dog at home, but he is a toy-sized terrier mix, and not particularly obedient or interested in pleasing us! He will do commands for treats or attention.
Our friend's dog was taught at the PetSmart training to play dead using a hand gesture and the word "BANG." I thought it was really funny so I taught my dog to do it. Then our friend accused us of stealing his dog tricks ;)
Thank you all for the great response, Maui is a yellow lab and every day she is getting better and better. She hardley has a accident in the house, if she does its when my eyes are not on her or i did not hear her at the back door. She has started to hit the door with her foot. i think she got that from watching my older dog. Im going to post a pic off her very soon. For any of you that have a younger one like me have you had this happen. She is now 11 weeks old and she humps my male! his fixed and he just looks at her like "what the heck are you doing".....
emmalou ha-ha i beat you to the punch on that Questhion..... im sure you must have read all the response i got. Even when i was just asking if anyone has ever done it, i never even once said i ws going to. its good to know there is someone out there that had the same thought! what kind of dog do you have ?
I have been coming to this site for about 3 years now, im not going to let those negative people who dont know how to be nice stop me from being on this site.
I can't imagine leaving a puppy for 3 weeks, as the owner really needs to be taught things with the puppy too. Our rescue has a contact dog boarding and training place, that will take on dogs with big issues. This is sometimes helpful for the dog in helping find it a home once it conquers its bad behavior. We had taken a basic dog training class there, and they had a dog staying there that they were trying to retrain. It had big issues about treats. Turns vicious. The family has a small child. But nontheless. They do this sort of thing with very problematic dogs. Not just dogs that need to learn to sit,stay,come etc. Do the puppy classes, etc. Thats what you need and your pup needs.
Whoever said you can't buy happiness, must have never owned a dog!!!!!!!!!!!
we are doing classes together and have been working together every day in the back yard. When i asked about it i was more so asking why would anyone and what kind of dog wouldbe better for this. I do know that working one on one is the best thing for you dog and the owner. You answerd my ? about who should do this, in my other post where everyone jumped on my butt, thats all i was asking for. Thank you so much, finally i have the answer to my questhion without getting jumped on.
julieh, i have a 8 week old doux de bordeax, he was getting a bit out of hand, and i had contacted the lady who i bought the dog of for a little bit of advice, she suggested returning him to her for 2 weeks, so she could train him, as she is a dog trainer and breeder for a living, she knew what she was doing and the dog knew her. so i had concidered that option. but like you i thought i might miss the little fella to much, and im plodding on myself in training. glad you stuck to your guns girl when folk critised your question. its all about training and learning , not just for the dog, for the owner to, nowt wrong with covering all options. hows your little fella doing now?