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This is a discussion on Is the PetSmart puppy class worth the cost? within the Puppy Help forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; I'd like to weigh in, if you don't mind. I took Merlin to Petco classes, but I think my input is probably still applicable. First, ...

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Old 11-17-2014, 12:01 PM
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I'd like to weigh in, if you don't mind. I took Merlin to Petco classes, but I think my input is probably still applicable.

First, I think that training classes are great. Your dog gets exposure to other dogs in a more controlled environment.

Second, if you are wanting your kids to learn to work with your dog as well as you, it might be beneficial to seek out a trainer and do some individual sessions, or find a group class that will be small enough that you guys can get some individual time with the trainer. I found that to be an issue in my first class simply because there were quite a few of us and only one trainer.

Thirdly, keep training with your pup until you find a class. I was extremely happy that I had taught Merlin certain cues already before I went to the class. It helps build a base line for behavior, but it also strenghtens your bond before you start the class.

Anyway, that's my input. Be sure to look for a positive reinforcement trainer that doesn't use aversive techniques or aversive equipment (choke chains, prong collars, etc.)
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Petsmart as a company says they train positive reinforcement, but every trainer can train differently and there is no one to tell them otherwise. Keep that in mind. The good thing about Petsmart, and they usually won't tell you this, but if you are unhappy with the class you can get a refund of your money. They may fight you, but you don't have to stay in a class you are not comfortable with because you spent the money.
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