Our puppy is about 2 1/2 months old. He is an Old English Sheepdog. We want this dog to be a great family pet and thinking about going to a training school. Are they very expensive? We are willing to give a lot for him. Do they help well? Are they nice to your dog? Advice about prices and etc. will be helpful! Thank You.
Well, it depends on which school you choose. You'll need to find one who uses the methods for training that you agree with. It should be a humane place that doesn't use punishment. Any place you choose you should visit before you enroll.Make sure it's clean and well run-sit in on a training session. If you don't like something you see don't go there. Positive reinforcement is what should be used. The place should be clean, and not stink. There shouldn't be too many people with not enough instructors, each person in the class should get equal attention from the trainer. There are good and bad schools. You don't leave your dog there, so you can see what they do while you're ther. A training school is a good idea. Keep in mind that the training is designed to train the owner first, so theowner can better train the dog.
I'm a dog trainer, and I only charge $60 for 6 weeks. 1 lesson a week. But that's only because where I live there aren't really people who can afford much. I use clicker training and positive reinforcement, and I prefer training outside in the open air. Prices can go much higher in bigger places. like hundreds of dollars. I reccomend you call some trainers in your area, and arrange to sit in on some classes, and see what their fees are.
Training School is wonderful. Go see all the ones you can, and pick from there. Ask the instructors questions, like how long they have been doing it, try to get some referances, etc. Positive reinforcment is great, but make sure you do other means of training.
Example: At petsmart you are supposed to hold a treat above the dogs nose and move it back til they sit. My aussies are to smart for that, it doesn't work for them. I have to put them in a sit, some places now frown on that.
I personally perfer not to use clickers, just a treat and repation.
The best class I was ever in didn't use treats at all, just praise. It worked extremly well. Good luck and have fun.
Puppy kindergarden can be done early. It is fun. wait until all shots are completed. As far as obediance, I usually like doing it at 6months or older. young puppies tend not to retain much training, I have found. So with my breed I found 6months is a great time to start simple stuff. Have fun.
I've always started at 8 weeks. The younger the better. Puppies are always learning, and if you wait till 6 months, they can be harder to untrain learned behaviors. If you start very young they learn quickly and you can be sure they are learning what you want. In my puppy kindergarten classes(same as most) The puppy learns basic obedience,like come, sit, stay, down.It is not kinder, or better in any way for the dog to be allowed to remain untrained until a little older. You tend to have a happier, better trained dog if it's done early.