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Old 02-19-2010, 08:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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What do I look for in a puppy socialization class?
Ive been told to stay away from the PetCos and PetSmarts.
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What do I look for in a puppy socialization class?
Ive been told to stay away from the PetCos and PetSmarts.
If you are looking for just socializing your puppy then the PetSmart classes are not bad but if you are actually wanting to learn something like OBEDIENCE then they are not worth your time or money.
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Basically look for a class or session I should say that has a variety of properly vaccinated puppies around the same age. In these sessions you are really not working on teaching the dog any commands, it is simply a time for the pups to play with each other and learn more (body language) and bite inhibition. Make sure the class is run by a good trainer that is constantly managing the pups. IN the class we took Bernie too, the owners sat around in a circle and only the trainer could walk around, she basically kept an eye on the dogs to make sure they were playing nice. She also threw treats on the ground so all the puppies could eat next to each other and evaluate if any of them had food agression. This is one of the best things to do with your pup, it will teach it confidence when it is in the presence of other dogs and also can help down the line in tolerating other dogs. Please make sure that you take it to a class with puppies of the same age..
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Actually, I paid for an obedience class mostly because i wanted socialization. IMO I wasted my money, the techniques they thought were nothing different then what I have seen online and on Youtube videos. it was just the face to face that was a little good + the certificate will be good for you with this breed.

Sad to say they didn't give us much socialization beyond my dog being in the same room as other, they only did 2-3 play sessions.

Right now I am stuck with a mostly well behaved dog at home and on walks but has never really played with other dogs. I know no other dog owners with anything bigger then a toy poodle and even if they let me I wouldn't let Sasha play with her as it's just easier for her to make a mistake..

I would also do it know, the bigger she gets the more hesitant other owners will be, I would even think the Petco trainers might even be hesitant. At 6 months Nina will still be a pup but not in other people's eyes sadly.
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Bernie got kicked out of the socialization class around 4.5 months because he outgrew the class, luckily we got 3-4 good sessions of straight puppy play time so now he is gentle as hell with our cats, peanut and our friend's dogs. He also doesn't get all worked up when he sees dogs in the street, although I know this can change but so far he is doing excellent in his cgc class. There are times when we all gather around in a circle and it's a group of 15 dogs all staring at each other in the eye and they are all calm and sit to the left of the handler except a few that get a little too interested but nothing abnormal. I remember my first dog, the hair on his back would rise, tail would rise and he would flip anytime he saw another dog in the street. Bernie looks at dogs and glances at them but his demanour is completely laid back. This could also be his bloodlines but I think the puppy social sessions helped a ton, plus when I rescued him from the grimmey BYB he had a litter mate so he had constant dog interation.
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Bernie got kicked out of the socialization class around 4.5 months because he outgrew the class, luckily we got 3-4 good sessions of straight puppy play time so now he is gentle as hell with our cats, peanut and our friend's dogs. He also doesn't get all worked up when he sees dogs in the street, although I know this can change but so far he is doing excellent in his cgc class. There are times when we all gather around in a circle and it's a group of 15 dogs all staring at each other in the eye and they are all calm and sit to the left of the handler except a few that get a little too interested but nothing abnormal. I remember my first dog, the hair on his back would rise, tail would rise and he would flip anytime he saw another dog in the street. Bernie looks at dogs and glances at them but his demanour is completely laid back. This could also be his bloodlines but I think the puppy social sessions helped a ton, plus when I rescued him from the grimmey BYB he had a litter mate so he had constant dog interation.

Sasha's hair rises even while playing and the trainers did notice and told me. They didn't really work on it with me or anything, I guess since it was more of an obedience class.
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Sasha's hair rises even while playing and the trainers did notice and told me. They didn't really work on it with me or anything, I guess since it was more of an obedience class.
I hate to hijack the thread, PM and we can talk about it. I can give you as much information as I can
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I am not a fan of puppy socialization classes JMO on it.
I personally don't like my pups or dogs playing with dogs I don't know well or who have owners who may not know their own dogs comfort levels very well...also remember not all dogs or even pups play nicely with others.

I'd suggest started basic obedience.
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I am not a fan of puppy socialization classes JMO on it.
I personally don't like my pups or dogs playing with dogs I don't know well or who have owners who may not know their own dogs comfort levels very well...also remember not all dogs or even pups play nicely with others.

I'd suggest started basic obedience.
Agreed I feel the same way.



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Puppy Socialization Classes are for teaching the puppy proper play with eachother......

When it comes to Obedience Training you want a professional trainer! We actually talked to our Obedience Training for an hour on the phone and asked questions. Just to get a good feel at how he approaches things.
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If you are looking for just socializing your puppy then the PetSmart classes are not bad but if you are actually wanting to learn something like OBEDIENCE then they are not worth your time or money.
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Actually, I paid for an obedience class mostly because i wanted socialization. IMO I wasted my money, the techniques they thought were nothing different then what I have seen online and on Youtube videos. it was just the face to face that was a little good + the certificate will be good for you with this breed.

Sad to say they didn't give us much socialization beyond my dog being in the same room as other, they only did 2-3 play sessions.

Right now I am stuck with a mostly well behaved dog at home and on walks but has never really played with other dogs. I know no other dog owners with anything bigger then a toy poodle and even if they let me I wouldn't let Sasha play with her as it's just easier for her to make a mistake..

I would also do it know, the bigger she gets the more hesitant other owners will be, I would even think the Petco trainers might even be hesitant. At 6 months Nina will still be a pup but not in other people's eyes sadly.
4 months, but yeah, I hear you. Our shared dilemma is how we originally met, if you remember.
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Puppy Socialization Classes are for teaching the puppy proper play with eachother......

When it comes to Obedience Training you want a professional trainer! We actually talked to our Obedience Training for an hour on the phone and asked questions. Just to get a good feel at how he approaches things.
yeah, that's the type of trainer I will be looking for. would love to hear more on that.
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A big thing too when looking at trainers is asking what APBT experience they have, and looking at what they have actually done with their own dogs.
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A big thing too when looking at trainers is asking what APBT experience they have, and looking at what they have actually done with their own dogs.
I fully agree with Patches. But I will say this ask about more then just APBT ask about all bull breeds. The reason I state this is b/c English Bull Terriers are VERY stubborn dogs so it takes more to work with them. Or you mastiff style bull breeds (like my Presa's) they are easy to train but can be hard headed exspecially when it comes to strangers.

Asking there working ability with many different ones shows how comfortable they are with our breeds.

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