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puppy classes are they worth it?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by busterandlulu, Jun 20, 2010.


  1. busterandlulu

    busterandlulu PetForums Junior

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    Hi all, Ive enquired about putting my 9 week old yorkshire terrier into a puppy class. The class starts in 5 weeks so he'll be 14 weeks, the classes are £12 a hour and the course lasts 6 weeks so £50 all together. Is it worth me doing it? Or do you think I can benefit just as well doing it all myself?

    Any thoughts are this matter would be much appreciated.
     
  2. tripod

    tripod PetForums VIP

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    YES - they offer much needed socialisation opps :thumbup:
     
  3. shazalhasa

    shazalhasa PetForums VIP

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    They are worth doing for the socialisation aspect but that's pretty pricey :eek:

    If it's just the socialising that's needed, could you not just take him for a walk where others take their dogs for a walk and introduce him to some of the quieter ones ?
     
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    I agree with Shaza :)
     
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    CarolineH PetForums VIP

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    That price does seem a bit steep but would be worth if it the class number was limited? (hence the higher price to cover costs) Smaller classes of say 6 - 8 are much better if you can find them and yes, your pup will benefit but so will you as you should be able to learn a lot too if they are well run by someone who knows their stuff.:)
     
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    ploddingon PetForums Senior

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    This is a question I keep asking myself too. Up till now I have been trying to train Bobs myself and he has done quite well so far, but I feel that as he gets a biit older, he may need the classes.

    Only thing in my area is that most classes incorporate some agility into the lesson and I am just unable to run round a ring with him. One person who runs one of the classes did say that I could just stand at the side when the rest of the class did the agility, but I dont think that would be much of a fun lesson!
     
  7. busterandlulu

    busterandlulu PetForums Junior

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    I have a 2 year old greyhound as well, I think I will take him to the lessons and maybe shop around first before I decide. Many thanks for your comments
     
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    welshdoglover PetForums Senior

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    £12 an hour seems a bit steep. Most of the socialisation my doggies got was from the local park which was, err, free.

    Good luck ( hope you save £12 and buy ur doggie some really nice treats.
     
  9. poppydog1

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    Ive just started puppy training 7 weeks for £70, i felt it was essential as i have a terrier and they can tend to hate other dogs, and really felt she needed the training and to mix with other pups.
     
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    I start a week today. £30 for 6 weeks... or is it 5 weeks? Either way, one or the other.

    Simply because he loves other dogs and is completely and utterly deaf to a recall when he's on one. So, as he's my first pup, I want to learn what to do properly and see what I am doing wrong.
     
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    you'll enjoy it and so will the dog. its great for socialisation, training and you'll get to meet some new doggy friends. enjoy x
     
  12. busterandlulu

    busterandlulu PetForums Junior

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    Thank you everyone, I think ill look around and see if I can find somewhere a little cheaper, but I definately think ill take him. Just because Id like him to be a good dog and behave well with other dogs.
     
  13. y2klovebug

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    Hiya, have you tried enquiring at your vets? Im going to my first puppy class tomoro eve at my local vets and its free. Its run by one of the vet nurses and her husband (who is a dog behavourist) and the classes are limited to 4 or 5 puppys. Maybe its worth asking? I definately think puppy classes are a good idea but it seems quite expensive.
     
  14. busterandlulu

    busterandlulu PetForums Junior

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    that sounds like a brilliant idea ill definately look into it, was down the vets today too. Ill let you know what happens. Thanks for the great idea, hope it all goes well for you tommorow
     
  15. the melster

    the melster PetForums Senior

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    I didn't take Bo to her first training class until she was 7 months old. I trained her at home with the basic commands at first but came to realise that she needs to overcome doing as she's told with the distraction of other dogs. I would have a problem with paying £12/hour though :eek: Our classes were £45 for 10 weeks so I would definaitely shop around for other classes.
     
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    I think training classes are very important for a dogs development, especially when they are puppies!

    Me and my mum take her 2 westie pups to training class and that is 1.50 each pup!
     
  17. Kinski

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    I think it depends on the pup, I never took Ailsa my first sheltie to classes and she was one of the best behaved dogs in the park. I took Arran to classes and it was one of the worst things I could have done to him, he's a sensitive wee soul and he was terrified of all the other dogs running around and trying to play with him, he was fine if it was just him and one other dog but a pack of them playing really freaked him out.

    Terri
     
  18. poppydog1

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    Could we start a list of dog training classes we know about in each area, i was unsure of where to look when i wanted one.
     
  19. Horse and Hound

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    Could do, nice idea I suppose. Not sure how many people are from my area on here!
     
  20. Sam1309

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    i spent ages and ages looking for one (wee lads only 12 weeks today)

    thought yes that looks good they can't accept him to 16 weeks as there choca....

    however in that short space my dog can now, sit, lay down, roll over, paw, come, bed and get into the car on command!

    socialisation wise i live 100m from a big field with a small play park, all the locals walk dogs there so we see at least 4 dogs per walk, and he meets them all and normally he plays as i talk to the other owners.

    also my local pet at home offer a free puppy party!! more socialisation
     
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