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hi!! how many of you have taken your puppy to actual classes for training? i really want to take zoey to puppy kindergarten but nowhere around my college has it! there are some great training sessions at home but i wont be back home for long enough to take her till next summer-- and by then zoey will be tooooo old! i'm not sure what to do! she's doing pretty well on her own.... she knows sit, lay down, and up (her butt on the floor and front two paws up in the air! so cute) i'm just worried about not having real training lessons. do you think it's bad not to take her to formal training? :confused1:
 

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I have Bosco enrolled in one now (he is 4 months old). It sounds like Zoey is doing almost everything she would learn in a puppy kindergarten class. Just keep practicing with her! :)

One good thing about formal classes is it really socializes the dogs with other dogs as well as other people. As long as you are socializing your doggie in other ways I don't think she really needs formal training.

Good luck! Sounds like Zoey is a smart one!
 

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I have had Tequila in puppy class, basic obedience, and now basic agility. She loves it and it is wonderful if you want your dog to be socialized. I would highly reccomend it! My biggest suggestion would be that you actually sit in on a class and decide if you like the trainers methods. I find that my chihuahuas dont respond to most kinds of training which involve choke/pinch collars. I found a class that uses clicker training/positive reinforcement and Tequila has excelled! She ended up getting best in class in basic obedience and is excelling in agility as we speak (had class today and she ran the course off leash and only had one mistake...not bad for the second week :wink: )
That is my opinion about the matter 8) Hope this helped
 

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I think its good but not necessary if like Anna said you are socializing etc. kemo is in one now and he is doing so so....I dont spend alot of time doing it w/him either :roll: as I should. You can always get good books on training too.
Good luck, sounds like you are off to a good start. :D
 

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Oh, just so you know where I am coming from....I am a dog trainer :wink: so I am a little bias...hehe. If you feel that your dog is learning what you want it to learn, then why spend the money. I am always quick to suggest training classes because I am in the buisness :D
 

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i feel like she needs to learn "come" "stay" and "drop it" she is really not understanding those commands! and she jumps up alot and bites our pant legs when we walk!!!! i dunno, i really feel like i SHOULD get her in training classes but my hands are sort of tied being there are no trainers down here in athens ohio. any suggestions on what i can do? :D
 

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Well since your hands are tied I would just practice at home. Like Jessica said Chis respond really well to treats and praise.

Since Zoey already knows 'sit', just increase the time between her sitting and you praising her (either by treats or verbal commands.) Then add in the phrase 'stay' and begin taking one step away...then eventually get her to stay while you take two steps away, etc.

For 'come' just go into another room and hide. Yell for her to come (and continue to repeat it periodically until she actually finds you.) When she does find you give her treats and praise.

I don't know about 'drop it' because we haven't covered that in class yet. :)

Good luck!
 
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