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We found a obedience school about 15 minutes from the house, they have a very good reputation. We missed the first week, but it all worked out okay (for other reasons). So I'm very excited. Timmy's made such good progress in settling down all ready.

There are handouts and homework every week for 6 weeks. Alot of work, but I'm sure it'll all be very much worth while. my last dog was an amazing golden, who was trained to be a service dog for me. i was spoiled by him. i know what it's like to have a well behaved dog. it was so amazing being part of a team like that. he was happy because he knew what was expected. and he was sooooo happy to work - to help me whenever he could. it was his purpose, and his life was so meaningful. . . i was happy and proud, and everyone around us was just amazed. i miss him so much (*sniff*)

so i'm very motivated to have timmy and i learn to work a a team as well

cross all crossables! we'll keep you posted!

Oh, and our BB is due to arrive thursday - can't wait!!
 

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so the first class went very well. i really love the instructors. i've found most of the time that people that are REALLY into dogs and the dog world, tend to not have the best people skills. this instructor last night was wonderful. very down to earth and with a good sense of humor.

the homework is pretty rigorous - at least 20-30 minutes 2x day. it's hard but worth it.

my only gripe was one i'm, sure you've all run up against. it seemed like everytime anyone made a comment, there was always a glance my way, and some comment like, "well, but for a little dog like him. . ."

the instructor seemed pleased when i firmly stated that timmy has four legs, so he walks - i don't carry him around.

i guess it's a fine line. yeah, there are some considerations based n his side (like the amount of ground we cover, or whether i have to stand or can sit). but he's a dog, like every other dog. so i treat him like a dog, however lower to the ground he is.

timmy's having a bit of a hard time with the long line training, but we'll get there i'm sure. i'll keep you all posted!
 

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Keep us updated! He will change their perceptions soon enough. Chis are very smart dogs, once you figure out how to motivate them. Stubborn can be confused as stupid by a lot of people, and everyone knows chis are very stubborn!!
 

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Congratulations on starting training with Timmy. You will love it. :) Ignore naive people's comments, we all know you will make a brilliant team! It does seem like a lot of homework. I get my students to do only 5-6min training per day total. Keep it fun for both of you and the skies the limit.
 

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Silly question, but.... How does one find a training school! Corona is such a good girl, but I think it would be fun to get her some actual training, as well as myself! I don't know any dog commands or anything!!! She is great on a leash and seems to listen well but it would be fun to get her to do tricks and what not!!
 

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Congratulations on starting obedience classes with your dog! They are definitely worth it, even if obedience training is a lot of of work. In the end, you'll have a very well-behaved dog :). Plus, you're getting him to work, and he'll have more impulse control :).

Plus, you can go soooo much further with obedience than just tricks. There is even competitive obedience. Some also teach trick classes.
 

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thanks all! during the first class, and in all the homework instructions, treats aren't mentioned or used. praise, affection, attention are all given as reward for good behaviors. the trainer has no objection to treats, and said it would be fine if i wanted to bring and use them. she just doesn't emphasize it i guess

unfortunately that wasn't working for tim. when we did the long line training, he'd get close, the leash would be loose, but on the rare occasion when he did look up at me it was with a rather disdainful, "yeah. now what" look. (and don't pretend you don't know what i'm talking about! :laughing6:)

tim is very food motivated. so, i just went ahead yesterday and used treats. what a huge difference!!! OMG!!! he walked - no, trotted close by, and when i stopped he looked up at me with a "smile" and waited for me to give him a treat.

i know eventually we'll wean down the treats and up the verbal praise and hopefully that will become it's own reward. but for now it's nice to see him responding and actually enjoying our training time! :D
 

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The trick to successful training is finding what will motivate the dog. Some dogs will work for praise, others food, some for a favourite toy etc, all are different.
Having a food motivated dog makes training much easier as it engages the dogs primary sense, his nose.
 

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I can see why the trainer prefers to use verbal praise, but there's nothing wrong with using food if that's what motivates your dog. Treats are great for when a dog is initially learning something. Then, they can be given verbal praise if treats aren't available :). Cuddles does well with both, but I guess it's because she really loves pleasing me.

I'm so glad to hear he's making so much progress :) :).
 

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It's a rare dog that will really *work* for the affection, attention & praise they are given lots of every day for free, especially in the learning phase. Good work in finding what motivates him. As you progress remember that it doesn't just have to be verbal praise. Nibbler will do an awesome recall for a chance to chase a bird and Chad will do super heeling for his 'Go Pee' cue since marking stuff is about his favourite activity. ;p
 

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Silly question, but.... How does one find a training school! Corona is such a good girl, but I think it would be fun to get her some actual training, as well as myself! I don't know any dog commands or anything!!! She is great on a leash and seems to listen well but it would be fun to get her to do tricks and what not!!
That's not a silly question at all. You can google classes in your area, just try and find a class using positive reinforcement techniques. There are also some great YouTube channels like Kikopup that can get you started. She has some good playlists.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC-qnqaajTk6bfs3UZuue6IQ
 
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