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Old 12-04-2012, 09:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Harley never had any "formal" training. I've always just trained my dogs myself. I start off treat based and slowly wean to treats occasionally but mostly verbal praise. My husband and I enrolled Figgy in a training class when she was about one. We needed it more for teaching manners on leash when interacting with people. Not many people are willing to be your guinea pig when they see you walking towards them with 3 boxers
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wow three of them. That's awesome. I definitely want another one eventually.


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Old 12-04-2012, 09:48 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I did the Petsmart training with Maggie. The most valuable thing we learned was settle and bed. I can't remember if we learned them in the puppy class or the next one.

The settle command required rolling them over cradling them like a baby and applying gentle pressure to the chest while saying settle. Maggie was too big and awkward so the alternative was to gently push them to the floor by applying pressure above the shoulder blades. Now if Maggie gets to worked up I just say settle and she lays down. I think it helped show her who was the alpha as well.

The bed command just makes my life easier getting her in the crate or in bed at night.


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Old 12-04-2012, 10:30 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Oh I can't wait till he learns those commands lol. I'm excited to see how well he does. He's so smart


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Old 12-04-2012, 10:56 PM   #15 (permalink)
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We are currently in an extensive training class. Only 2 weeks left.

Before we started we had the basics down such as sit, down, shake a paw, high five and leave it and we were working on loose leash walks.

Now we know all those plus drop it, settle and sit, lets play, stay in a sit, stay in a down, get in, come (but still not the greatest at it) stay with me (loose leash walking), lets go (which is a brisk walk on loose leash right beside you) and the best of all is look at me.

Also with the training we have established the leader role which i think is essential.

Most of the training is reward based at first but the amount of treats needed now has gone down considerably since we started.






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Old 12-05-2012, 10:06 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I took Jack to obedience classes offered by an independent trainer in my area (not PetSmart). He started 'puppy kindergarten' at 4 months, then we went directly into her level two obedience class, then we took her 'foundation for dog sports' class. All in, I've spent about $500 for the three classes.

The trainer only used positive re-enforcement methods, and she also believes in keeping things fun for the dogs by using play as a reward. Jack picked up everything very quickly. He was very much the class clown, but when it was time to learn and focus he did great. The obedience classes taught the spectrum of basic obedience, and included leash manners and recall.

The foundation for sports course worked on all the obedience skills required to work your dog in agility or other dog sports. The dogs were too young to use the equipment, but they were acclimatized to being around it and we spent lots of time working our dogs 'away' from us. By the end of that course I could put him in a down-stay and run circles around him at 20 feet away and he'd stay down, even though there were other off leash dogs nearby. I could also play fetch with him, while all the other dogs were playing off leash with their owners, and he was totally focused on me and his toy, never broke away to play with the other dogs. I had a lot of fun in that class, and if it wasn't for school getting in the way I would have continued into an agility class with him. Maybe this summer, when I'm not taking a course.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Wow that sounds awesome. I'll have to look into classes like that near me when he's finished his puppy classes. I'd love him to be that well behaved


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Old 12-06-2012, 03:42 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Didn't read all of them but I agree with CaptainJack. Best training is positive reinforcement. I, of course, love clicker training. I'm going to school right now to be a dog trainer, I'm in the KPAcademy clicker training is the best thing that's ever happened to me and Rosco. Wish I had started that way from the beginning but I found it now so I can change the future for us and others as well. I learned that at petco and petsmart, the classes are different, I was at petsmart and watched a class going on and she was using traditional methods :{ came back months later and passed by to see them clicker training :/ they aren't consistent.. So, if u sign up for classes at petco or petsmart, make sure u know the exact method they'll be using! and smart choice on classes! Wish I had enrolled in a class when he was young, now he gets stage fright and that is no bueno, he has to show off his new moves at the workshop


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Old 12-06-2012, 08:52 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Lol Frankie has no issues with stage fright the trainer that we have likes clicker and told us we have the option to learn which ever method we want. She says it works for some and not so much for others. I guess I'll have to see what works for Frankie.


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