I was just wondering if I would be wasting my time taking my corgi puppy to classes at Petsmart or would I be better off taking him to a private trainer? Has anyone got anything positive out of Petsmart? I want to get my corgi into a entry level class to get him socialized and basic commands and then move onto more experienced classes in order to get him on his way to agility. Could someone/anyone please give me some input on this? Thanks a bunch!
You should sit in one of the classes, the puppy classes you will get more out of it then a personal trainer. You need the other puppies to socialize with. The only time I wouldn't take the class is if the trainer is useing harsh techniques. Susanne
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I think it depends on how much you know about basic obediance. I love petsmart becuase of the socialaztion. You are training in the real world. I have taken several of my puppies there to prepare them for conformation showing. At my petsmart, I think the trainer is an idiot, and I don't pay much attention to her. She knows it, and leaves me alone.
She came up to my dog one time and tried to the treat over the nose thing to get her to sit. When she didn't, the trainer told me I needed to work on my basic sits and downs. I looked at my dog, told her to sit and she did. The trainer has never said a thing to me since.
I have don't private trainer when I actually need help learning something. I have one girl who is in a private class becuase we are working on obediance showing, and I don't much about off leash training. I go to a private person with alot of knowledge for acutal training
Well, we went to our first puppy class at Petsmart last night. It was more of in introductory session. Letting us know what we will be working on. They gave us a clicker because we will be learning to clicker train I guess. I don't know how I feel about this, I'm more of a positve reinforcement type(good boy). I'm not always going to have treats or a clicker with me. Also, I think my little corgi might be a little too smart for it. When she was showing us how to use it all the other dogs would look for where the click came from each time and my little guy looked once and then could give a good rip the rest of the time. He was very well behaved, he just sat or layed down at mine or my daughters feet. It might be that we've already taught him how to sit and are working on down. He is pretty much potty trained except for the accidents that would be our fault for not getting him out in time. He also sleeps all the way through the night, has since the third night we brought him home when he was 10 weeks. Anyways we will keep going to see what we will get out of it. At least he will be socialized with other dogs and people besides my family and 10 year old dog. Anyways, thanks for the input, and wish me luck.
Jasper(corgi pup) is coming along great with these classes. We are working on loose leash training right now and he's actually doing quite good.
My problem that I'm having is that I need a good training treat for his classes and in between that doesn't cause soft or runny stools. We tried using his dog food, but he could care less. I'm looking for a treat that isn't filled with by-products or fructose corn syrup or any other crud that shouldn't pass through a dogs lips. I would love something natural, but I'm having a hard time finding that in a traing treat. Please help!!!
Freeze dried liver treats are great! I use them to train my puppy, and she thinks they are the greatest thing on earth lol. You can also boil some chicken meat and shred it up, they really like that also. Both treats are all natural.