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My Pups Current Socialisation & Obedience Class Dilema

Postby 4 Paws » 19 Jun 2008, 15:51

Hi All,

I have been attending Puppy Socialisation & Obedience classes with my 12wk old Inuit (bitch), but I have a number of doubts? .....Is it me?? ...Input greatly appreciated here!

Firstly I have had dogs all my life except for a 4 year break before getting my little girl, and had always ‘kindly’ trained them myself & they always turned out wonderfully (GSD’s & Collies). This time I thought it would be great to go to a professional.

Anyway, I have been doing my own training with mine for a number of weeks before going to the classes; she happily sits/goes down/comes/fetches, has gate & door manners/food manners etc not bad I thought (not clicker trained), but she did have a mouthing problem (not aggressive) which I had, ALMOST stopped, until the recent class, & the trainer had been advised prior to attendance at class, that this mouthing was something we (hubby & Me) wanted to fully nip in the bud!

However at this recent class, we were told to put kids clothing onto our dogs in the quickest possible time, of course no sooner had I started that she started to mouth me (and it hurts). I suppose it is only natural to her esp when hands are flashing quickly in front of your face & everywhere! I stopped & thought what the hell am I doing?

I have trained without the clicker, but at class we are told to use the clicker, but I think why use it when you don’t have to, especially when she knows the commands that the trainer is now teaching, and I feel to re-train what I have taught is highly confusing to my dog & me :?

She socialises very well with the other pups & people, but I feel that the trainer has failed to individually assess each owners & pups needs and ability.

I would stop going but we have already paid :(

Comments appreciated...Please...Am I wrong to be thinking like this????
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Postby Hetty » 19 Jun 2008, 16:36

This class is not suitable for you. It's no point going to a class where you will teach things you dog can already do. Try to find another type of class if you want to do some training.
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Postby dawn princess » 19 Jun 2008, 21:49

Hi i have been to several training classes but not one like you have described.I have had a word with my tutor and she says if you are not happy with the way the class is being run tell the trainer and ask if you can get a refund even if it is not the full amount.I know i would. :D :D :D :D :D
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Postby 4 Paws » 21 Jun 2008, 12:05

A big thank you to both of you. Your comments confirmed my thoughts & observations, & I can sleep better at night now :D

I have tried to contact the trainer to politely inform that we are opting out of the classes & wish for a partial refund, but unfortunately the message on their phone basically translates that 'phone calls are unwelcome at the weekends' :roll: :?

Hopefully, I may have more success contacting this person on Monday, but I bet the reception I receive will be a bit frosty!

Many thanks,

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Postby Nick Jones » 14 Jul 2008, 22:49

Put kids clothes on as quickly as possible?!

Lord above. As soon as this was suggested I would walk. Not because I'm a fuddy duddy, but it's a stupid thing to suggest period.

I would bite you if you tried to dress me the same way lol!

Concentrate on calm interactions in public areas for now, and ask for the same basic training exercises you have been doing in classes in these areas.

Keep up your good work.

Glad you followed your instincts.

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