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Opinion of Pet Smart's puppy training classes.

Discussion in 'Obedience & Sports' started by StevenNeill, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. davidfitness83

    davidfitness83 Good Dog

    Really? Not being sarcastic but even my chihuahuas have been dominant little demons when they were pups. I think that's the biggest issues with puppies, when I mean dominance I mean their disregard for your leadership and wanting to do what they want regardless of what you want.

    I also do not mean this behavior is associated with aggression, resource guarding or food aggression.
  2. Julie k

    Julie k Little Dog

  3. StevenNeill

    StevenNeill Puppy

  4. Julie k

    Julie k Little Dog

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  5. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    K9korners? I work there if you are talking about the one in Wilkes barre pa
  6. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

  7. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    Damn phone won't let me edit anything nvm, I see you live in Texas and its k9kennels not corners lol sorry...
  8. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    I work with a dog training company that focuses primarily on AKC events. You don't need to be AKC registered to train with AKC trainers. Also, spayed/neutered dogs can register with AKC Canine Partners and participate in AKC obedience, rally, agility, and coursing ability trials.
  9. TannerG

    TannerG Boss Member

    Nope...so that means a dog can't b trained at home? Lol you're a joke

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  10. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

  11. Kamdon

    Kamdon GRCH Dog

    Dogs can't be trained at home?

    That's news to me
  12. ssmiechowski

    ssmiechowski Big Dog

    Titles aren't everything.
    And no Kamdon, I guess dogs can't be trained at home.
    I've trained horses most of my life, I did a pretty damn good job with my dog. No, we don't have any titles (my mutt and I don't have the word title in our vocabulary, lol), but he does what he is asked very well and he does his job with heart.
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  13. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    I have earned CGN, RN, RA, RE, TT and am working on TDI, PCD, RAE and CD next year and I train my own dogs.
  14. K9 Love

    K9 Love Good Dog

    If you're training to go into the ring, whether it be for obedience, rally, agility, or even further, to title in IPO, or get into ring sports, you would go to a class. Can you train a dog at home to perform those exercises? Of course, but as with any sport, to give yourself the best chance at success you build yourself up, train, then set up as close as possible, the situation you're going to see under pressure in a trial situation. You cannot set up a trial situation training at home, you just can't.

    Dogs that go to classes sometimes bomb in the ring but I've seen way more dogs flop in the obedience ring that are "home trained" than I've seen dogs that go to classes. Focus and distraction is a huge factor and there are lot of fine points to handling dogs in the ring, no matter what the sport, and IMO it's pretty much impossible to self teach yourself the rules and common handling errors. If x handler who's UD titled 5 dogs and MotCh'd 3 of them trains at home, well I imagine they're going to do just fine, but someone just starting out? Go to a class, make your life easier.

    I used to have a big hate on for PetSmart classes until a friend said she went, some freebie or something, she thought would be a good distraction for her dog and she said the trainer was actually excellent. As someone else mentioned, it comes down to the individual trainer.

    If you want to do bite sports and you're sure, go to a trainer that competes and has titled dogs in the sports you're looking to do (IPO, ring sports, PP whatever).

    If you just want to test the water, I still say general obedience classes are your best bet. I think any dog in the world can get a rally title, big, little, dumb or smart, rally is a very open community, its based on having fun but you can also go for the red ribbon too (red is first place here in Canada ;) ). From rally, if you like it, you can easily progress to obedience and agility, actually more advanced levels of rally include weaves and jumps. Most trainers that do rally do comp. obedience too.

    I don't have a good reason for it, maybe its just the way you personally described this K9 kennels but I would go elsewhere. JMO.
  15. StevenNeill

    StevenNeill Puppy

  16. StevenNeill

    StevenNeill Puppy

    Your opinion matters...thats why I asked for it and I have taken everything into account. I am looking at all options and trusting you guys to help me with the right choice.
  17. Kit

    Kit Good Dog

    You can enroll your dogs in the AKC Canine Partners program and compete in several things.
    All my dogs are rescues and I compete in agility and rally with two of mine.
  18. davidfitness83

    davidfitness83 Good Dog

    in other words you have nothing to backup your disagreement with me. no achievements or titles yet you believe the OP should do home training instead of formal training because... ? who is the joke again ? atleast others have solid fact based input you have nothing but your opinion just like me, yet you call me a joke? you are very sharp :)
  19. davidfitness83

    davidfitness83 Good Dog

    -excellent post !
  20. MissKitty

    MissKitty Little Dog

    Yeah. Yeah, you can. I have trained my own dog as a puppy and 25+ foster puppies.
    I have found my puppies to more rounded and able to ignore distractions better than other dogs, because I am able to give one-one attention and can take them to a wider variety of places/situations.

    Does that mean that a novice dog owner should attempt to 'home-school' their dog? No.

    For the OP, do you have any other training schools in your area? Petsmart is taking a chance, some trainers are good but many are clueless.
    As for the K9 place, I would avoid it. As LilianaLove said, most police dog trainers are very hard on the dogs. Which is alright if you have a working Mal but it can completely destroy pet dogs.

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