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We will definitely start training our puppy as soon as he's home.  APRIL 19th!! woo-hoo!

Anyway,  we want to be sure he is given every chance to be the best boy he can be.

I've seen it mentioned over and over on the forum how important obedience training can be.

But what is the best age to utilize a training school?

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Comment by Lois - Izzi on June 7, 2011 at 10:46pm
being responsive to a leash was done immediately at 12 wks.   I trained with a harness commanding 'with me'... 10/12 minutes per day..  Within a short period of time both walk on loose leads, stopping at every corner with the command 'wait'.   At this point I don't care if they sit or stand.  Just the stop moving part of going for a walk.
Comment by sharon banks on May 13, 2011 at 5:31pm
Jake is 6months old he has had socialization classes at three months old, we was told to wait till he was at least 6 months old for obedience training they said his attention would be better.He will start classes this week.He can sit,down,shake ,come but does not walk on a leash ,he walks us ,we need alot of training in this area.If anyone has any ideas that would help i"d like to hear.thanks
Comment by Jackson and Ashley on April 12, 2011 at 9:13am

I see that your worried about him being socialized with other dogs, I started taking Jackson to doggy daycare once a week just for that, even if your home all day it's great for your little one to go out and play with others... Another idea is a dog park, wait until they are a bit older for this though, around 5 months... most dog parks have rules for that, I learned this the hard way :(

Comment by Tamara ~Mama Doodle on April 6, 2011 at 5:39pm

Absolutely makes alot of sense Bruce.  I have potty trained probably almost 100 kids over the last 16 years of doing childcare.  And I always insist we all (Parents and me) use the same technique including our words with the kiddos.

I found this great site on youtube.  I really like her positive training ideas.  Check it out.  Let me know what you all think.

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on April 6, 2011 at 9:42am'll find that most trainers say that they do 10% dog training and 90% owner training.  As Denise said, everyone has to do the same things when working with the dogs...consistancy.  Can't have one person say "stay" while another says "wait".... so its good to have both 'parents' go to the training and handle the dog and do the same things.  Besides, its fun !
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on April 5, 2011 at 9:21pm
Lay your ground rules as soon as you pick him up. You can also ask your local vet who he/she would recommend for training they usually will have clients that have used certain trainers and will have flyers or business cards in the clinics.
Comment by Tamara ~Mama Doodle on April 5, 2011 at 8:54pm

That is a great point. Do you and hubby both go to classes?


Comment by Denise Bird-Newell on April 4, 2011 at 6:35am
Mia started classes at 12 weeks.  She has been going for 4 weeks and has picked up the basics well.  My challenge is not so much with Mia, but daddy who wants to spoil her.  It is also maintaining consistency with my two girls so that Mia gets the same message from us all !!!
Comment by Christine Ferguson on March 27, 2011 at 10:54am

Ask at your vet.  They usually can recommend the best dog trainer in town.  Someone who has successfully trained many dogs in your area and has a good reputation.  If you could pick your dogs teacher wouldn't you ask and expert.  A pet food store just will have a bunch of cards or someone employeed by them.


Comment by Connie Kaplan on March 22, 2011 at 7:06pm
Colin's advice is good, I also take Soba to SD obedience club once a week and once a month they do a beginning obedience class, staffed by volunteers. Some of them are better than others but it is a good value.

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