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Back to training tomorrow :D

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Kivasmum, Jan 8, 2012.


  1. Kivasmum

    Kivasmum PetForums VIP

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    Well we had a few months break after kiva passed her 'puppy course' and did 4 weeks of bronze kc good citizen course due to funding in the run up to Christmas, but we are starting again tomorrow! :D
    The classes I was taking her to was £30 a month for a weekly hour training session, and the one we are trying tomorrow is £4 per class! :eek: so a massive difference. Obviously if there is anything I/kiva doesn't like about the new classes then we will go back to the original classes, but providing they don't have any 'dominance' ideas or anything other than reward based then I don't see a problem :) for me it's more about having a scheduled 'with distractions' training opportunity, so I can't wait :thumbsup:
     
  2. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Hope the new class is good and you both enjoy it. :)
    I think there must be something wrong with me, I can't stand training, I find it so boring.
     
  3. Kivasmum

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    Well we went to our new class tonight and..........I will be ringing the one that costs twice as much tomorrow! Lol
     
  4. beris

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    Sorry to hear your new class didn't go down well.

    It is good to go to a class particularly for socialising puppies or very young dogs.

    Did you know you can download all the information you need for the good citizens awards from Kennel club site?
    A friend of mine downloaded all the info. taught her dog, then went to shows where you could enter for the different awards. She now has gold.
     
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    I missed this before. I take it the new class was less than successful. :( I hope it wasn't too horrific.
     
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    Was is that bad, do tell?
     
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    In fact,it is boring.[​IMG]
     
  8. lucyandsandy

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    Aw I had the opposite last night. I took Sandy to puppy classes that cost £56 for 6 hour sessions.
    Her bronze course will have 12 40 min sessions for £26 and they are good!
     
  9. Kivasmum

    Kivasmum PetForums VIP

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    well....lol
    at our old training classes the first 5 minutes were always spent on focus, getting your dog to chill a bit and focus on you, the one last night went straight from oooo new place, new dogs, new smells to weaving in and out of chairs :confused: half the dogs did the class in their head collar and pretty much got dragged round the chairs to a 'well done' from the trainer when they had finished! i dont think i saw one dog complete any of the tasks set voluntarily :nonod:
    i got told things like if she doesnt sit straight away, push on her back end :eek: erm no!! if she doesnt stand straight away stick your arm under her back end and lift her :rolleyes:: so erm im basically teaching her she doesnt have to do anything when i tell her to stand because if she waits a few seconds ill just lift her up :confused: :mad:
    the trainer used 2 dogs to demonstrate different commands during the night, BOTH of those dogs pulled away from her and refused to do anything she asked (kiva was one of them, and i can honestly say i didnt blame her!!) she pretty much just dragged them to where she wanted them to be and then forced them into the position she wanted them in :nono: :nono:
    Kiva never really fully 'embraced' any of it and i didnt enjoy it at all, had no faith in anything the trainer was saying because in practice she was useless!!!!!
    oh and while watching all the head collared dogs been dragged round by their owners, a guy that was helping out the trainer with the class started talking to me saying things like 'oh you need to be a bit sterner, especially with dogs like this (pointing at kiva) that have a bit of something about them!!!!! :mad: :mad:
    We both thoroughly enjoyed training at the centre we were going to before xmas, so we will go back there irrelevant of cost, because it seems you really do get what you pay for :D

    Beris.....we did get the bronze award info from our last classes so i have kept up her training at home, but yes classes are definitely great for having a training session 'with distractions' :D
     
  10. moonviolet

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    Sounds like you entered the seventh circle of doggie class hell. feel a bit sorry for the doggies whose owners think they are doing a good thing by their dogs taking them to this class :(

    Lucky Kiva to have a mummy who knows better :)
     
  11. Kivasmum

    Kivasmum PetForums VIP

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    I think that would be a better name for it Moonviolet :D
    I honestly dont think any of the dogs could of learnt anything :confused:
    and i think she probably got the feeling that i wouldnt be back after she came over to us when we were supposed to be walking round with our dogs in the heel position, Kiva was being a pest and not doing great at it, the trainer came over and said will she mind if i take her? i said no, so she got hold of her lead in her right hand with kiva on her left, then grabbed the lead just above her collar and started walking saying 'see how she is staying close to me?' i said 'yes i do, but i thought the aim of training was to teach your dog to walk with a loose leash, not just drag it along so it has no choice??' ha ha
     
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    I stopped taking Sammy after his puppy class..they are ok but that stuff can be done at home..and they are sooo dull! Not to mention little dogs are allowed to do sit off lead and then do a 'come' whereas big dogs are kept on lead and close by.

    How old does a dog have to be to start agility?
     
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    That doesn't sound too great; at least you know now that the place you used to go was good and worth the extra cash!
     
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    OMG so those sort of classes still exist then? Its like turning the clock back at least 30 years.
     
  15. Kivasmum

    Kivasmum PetForums VIP

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    you can do all the training at home, but they are worth going to even if its just a weekly opportunity to train your dog with other dogs there ;)
    kiva will sit, down, stay, come etc like a dream in the house or in the garden, or even out if there are no dogs, but put a dog in the picture and '7 month old nutter mode' kicks in!! :D

    i believe over 12 months is advised for agility, especially for big dogs?
     
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    Starting back at our original classes next Monday :D
     
  17. moonviolet

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    If you found the classes dull you were probably at the wrong classes! and I find it ridiculous that only little dogs were allowed to recall off lead. Do they not think big dogs should be allowed off lead ?!

    Glad Kiva is going back to the other classes, Have a great time.:)
     
  18. missnaomi

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    At our classes big and small dogs have the same rules...so if that put you off...you should try a different class. I go to classes with GSD Rosie and terrier Ringo and the rules are the same for both...:)

    We started agility when the dogs were 1... but we are still careful with what Rosie did as she was a large breed dog.

    Naomi x
     
  19. 5rivers79

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    Wht things did you watch out for?
     
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    Just things like how much she did and the heights of jumps and stuff like that.

    Where we went, dogs can start a 6 months old but they can't do all the equipment, no weaving (to much bending about I think) and the jumps are very small/poles laid on the ground etc for the younger ones.

    We just watched out that we didn't push Rosie to do too much that was too hard whilst she was still growing. We followed the advice of our trainer on what equipment was suitable at which time. :)

    Naomi
     
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