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Old 11-20-2013, 07:03 PM
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Puppy training not progressing

Good day to everyone! Our puppy just passed her 7 month mark last Sunday.

We have been taking her to the shelter for some training, its a group class every week. Personally, i have given up hope in going and its just my husband taking her. She is stuck for level 1, failed twice on a level up test and our 2 month pass is almost over.

She does great in the house, but when she gets in the classroom she is a different dog. I know we are supposed to train her at home too, and we do do that. But basically, we are just a small household and our apartment does not have much socialziation going on. The only time she gets socialization is when we take her to boarding or visiting someone or someone visits. She loves to meet new people and dogs, she knows her manners when she sees that we are eating.

We know that she is a smart puppy, but it breaks my heart that I see new classmates and old classmates leveling up every week and we are still stuck there! I already have a feeling that the trainers already know her by now. I also have a feeling that her being a terrier mix gets easily distracted, really short attention span. they say that a gentle leader might help out with the over excitedness and anxiety during class, but is it worth buying? would it be better for her to have private sessions instead of a group class where she sees other dogs and people?

i am at my wits end and i do not want to waste anymore money on this if she is not progressing.
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It sounds like she just needs to be trained in some environments other than your apartment. Do you have any parks or other spaces that you can work with her when there are distractions around?
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I think she is taking her to a shelter with a training program. Some dogs don't do as good in a group. To me it sounds like your dog is doing good outside of training class so if he is not getting anything out of the class maybe dropping the class and doing one on one training might work better.
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Maybe you're practicing too much just at home? Have you tried going outside and picking a spot, and doing everything there too?

Don't feel discouraged by the lack of progress through their class system. I don't think you really need private lessons, just more practice in more stimulating environments. Try using better rewards, too, since that can get you out of a slump.

Is there a puppy socialization class you can bring her to? That way she gets to see other dogs in an environment that's controlled, and you don't feel like you HAVE to work on things.

I don't think you need a gentle leader, and I loved how much it helped with us. It just doesn't sound necessary.
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Thanks for all the input. I put in little training sessions during walks, she has so far learned that if she walks right beside me, she gets treats. Even if i let her on a loose leash and tell her lets go, she'll follow, i give a treat for that.

there are times though that she gets excited when she sees another dog or kids on the lawn, i practice her attention to me. she does well on that. maybe she instantly thinks that its play time when she sees the other dogs in the class..there are around 7 dogs, including her in one class. I have seen a pet smart one that has only around 2-3 dogs in a class, but that is more expensive.
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Maybe you're practicing too much just at home? Have you tried going outside and picking a spot, and doing everything there too?

Don't feel discouraged by the lack of progress through their class system. I don't think you really need private lessons, just more practice in more stimulating environments. Try using better rewards, too, since that can get you out of a slump.

Is there a puppy socialization class you can bring her to? That way she gets to see other dogs in an environment that's controlled, and you don't feel like you HAVE to work on things.

I don't think you need a gentle leader, and I loved how much it helped with us. It just doesn't sound necessary.
she loves milk bone treats! she goes crazy over them..aslo cheese, altough my husband took string cheese with him along for the training last night and he said that didnt work for her very well. as far as puppy socialization, its not included in her package. we are planning on taking her to a dog daycare for that and to get her tired once i start to go back to work.
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It sounds like she just needs to be trained in some environments other than your apartment. Do you have any parks or other spaces that you can work with her when there are distractions around?
when it was still warmer outside, i bring her to the dog park. i didnt do much training as i wanted her to learn doggie manners with other dogs. we train her a little when we visit my parents.
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Thanks for all the input. I put in little training sessions during walks, she has so far learned that if she walks right beside me, she gets treats. Even if i let her on a loose leash and tell her lets go, she'll follow, i give a treat for that.

there are times though that she gets excited when she sees another dog or kids on the lawn, i practice her attention to me. she does well on that. maybe she instantly thinks that its play time when she sees the other dogs in the class..there are around 7 dogs, including her in one class. I have seen a pet smart one that has only around 2-3 dogs in a class, but that is more expensive.

Yea it sounds like she goes from zero or very little distraction at home/on walks to 100000% distraction in the class with no middle ground.

Its like asking someone to do their times tables while riding a roller coaster. Distractions have to be introduced gradually and the pup has to be set up to succeed.
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