Has anyone taken their dog to Petsmart for training? If you did.....what did you like about it and what didn't you like about it? Did you feel that they did enough training? We are looking at Petsmart and another place for training but this other place is really expensive. If you could share some insight that would be great.
I have not gone to Petsmart training. I have done the barkbusters.com training though for both of my dogs. The thing I like about them is they have a lifetime guarantee. You get a few private sessions with them in your home where they help you train your dog. If the dog continues to have the problem... they will continue to come out. In my area it is only 450 for the first dog and 100 for each additional dog. A little pricey... but they teach you how to do basic commands and control problems. But if they will come out for the life of the dog.....then, in my opinion it is worth it. I had to do it because my cujo would bark and growl at everyone he saw. It would be impossible for me to have brought him to a group setting. He would have never paid attention and we would have been thrown out of class. But since we did the barkbusters thing.... he will still bark at everyone, until I say the trigger word and do the trigger motion. Then he shuts up, pretty much... still the occasional quiet woof. He is very well trained now. It takes a lot of working with him... but he got it. I still actually want him to know when he sees someone walking up on us. I just want him to know that when I acknowledge that persons presence.... then he can be quiet. I reward him for doing his job.
Besides being a private session... in my home... they also work around your schedule where as with Petsmart... when they have their classes...... if you cant make it..... or the time does not work for you.... you are out of luck.
PetSmart training is good for puppy socialization, and that's about it.
Many trainers and training institutions try to push purely motivational training because the general public doesn't usually want to engage in other "forms" of training like, PN which means "Punishment Negative." There are 4 forms of learning that can alter dog's behaviors, so to use only one wouldn't be correct. There is PR "Positive Reinforcement" PP "Positive Punishment" NR "Negative Reinforcement" and NP "Negative Punishment." The problem with PR is that if you do not own a handler sensitive dog or don't have the reinforcer (food, toy, clicker, etc) on you at the time the dog is being disobedient, the dog is not going to be trained to absolution. PR is good for imprinting the type of behavior you want, but NP is just as important. NP causes stress in the dog which makes the dog go into "avoidance." It is very important to teach a dog that avoidance is not a behavior you want. If you say "come" the dog should come through all situations. It's one of the most important commands since it can save your pet's life. Putting a dog into avoidance and then "teaching" them that it is not appropriate behavior makes the training absolute. So, start out using PR. Once the dog understands their commands, use NP (pinch collar, E-collar, etc.) to insure you have a dog that listens to every command. Hire a trainer that understands the need for both learning forms. It is not "inhumane" because it's the clearest form of communications you can have with your dog. They aren't human, they are dogs.
Thank you all for your responses. They were greatly appriciated. I think we have decided to find a trainer and forgo Petsmart. At 11 months and having some of the behaviour issues we are having that will be a best route.