I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good puppy training class? Even though Biscuit has mastered the sit position, he doesn't understand the word no, down or off.. He is still just a pup but I think a few classes will help the both of us understand each other and of course socialise with other four legged friends. Have browsed google and there are not very many in South Wales region any ideas or use full tips welcomed
We start puppy training classes tonight with Caroline Cowan of Cardiff Canine Citizens. We had Caroline in for a pre- vaccination visit and she helped us enormously. She's very well qualified and experienced and a great communicator with dogs and people. I'll let you know how the class goes.
We are also starting a class with Caroline this evening but with our adult dog who we adopted from CDH a few months ago. Will also let you know how we get on! Cariline has been giving Friends a lot of great advice regarding Snoop and her fear of other dogs. Snoop has come on enormously (have a read through her thread) so Im sure her classes will be beneficial
I'll post in here later to let you know how we get on
I am joining the adult bronze class tonight with Caroline too. I am bringing Murphy ( my gsd) . Think he is meant to go in puppy returners but as he is rather large, we think he is better off in the adult class lol!!!! Done lots of other classes with Caroline with my other dogs and they are thoroughly enjoyable!!!
Hey Beckham, we had a great time at Carolines dog class, she really does "know" dogs! The class was fun, informative, casual and and very friendly! Pickle aired her thoughts a few times but I think she really enjoyed it ;D Looking forward to next week!
Nice to meet you earlier Lianne, your Murphy is such a handsome well behaved boy!
Aww thanks Becki xx I love going to Carolines classes and she really makes them so enjoyable.Poor Murphy was absolutely terrified when I tried to get him through the door. He heard the dogs barking and freaked!!!I think he found the whole set up a bit scary at first but once we moved seat, he was much more settled as he had his own space.He is going through a really nervous stage and I am working so hard to help him through it.I said to Caroline that if we only spend the course sitting down in the room then thats fine with me as it will hopefully give Murphy more confidence. I remember Pickle from the forum. My neighbour looked into rehoming him too.He looks an absolute picture of health and its so lovely to see how settled he is. They adapt so well in their new homes.
Oh Pickle is certainly settled, the little madam has worked her way to top dog of our other two in less than 3 months! She is such a funny, loving little thing though, she has so much character (ie naughtiness!!)
Poor Murphy, Im sure Carolines classes will do wonders for his nerves! Was Murphy a rescue? He is such a lovely looking dog! Im really looking forward to next weeks class
We really enjoyed the puppy class last night. It's amazing how the dogs respond to Caroline. Woody loves her. We did some heal walking last night and all the dogs in class did well once Caroline was able to get the owners to listen and follow her instructions. It's harder than you think trying to remember what hand to hold the treat in, what hand to sign with, when to reward and what to say. But with practice, I think every dog in the class will get there. Thoroughly recommend it.
We sat next to a former CDH resident. Little puppy KC from the cage. A patterdaley cross. Gorgeous little boy, full of 'spirit' just like ours. He's called Charlie now and his parents are lovely.
We did heal work too, and Pickle, who normally pulls like a tank walked perfectly - typical isnt it!!! I think she was a bit at all the other dogs in such close quarters!
Was Woody shattered when you got him home Denise?? Pickle had a little cat nap and then back to business of causing havoc! We tried to look out for you, we were parked up right outside the church hall but didnt see you guys. Hopefully see you next week x
Woody was deliciously knackered and is still quite snoozy today! I'd have loved to have seen Pickle doing heal. Adorable! We looked out for you and Woody said hello to an adult staffy outside the hall so we were there for a bit. I wonder if we were 2 classes before you? The first one is 5-6, ours is 6 til 7. Does yours start at 8? My god, where does Caroline get her energy from!! If yours starts at 7 we'll definitely hand around to say hello. If it's 8, we'll have to arrange to bring him up to the home to meet you while he's still a cute puppy. (Caroline's response last night on seeing how much he's grown in 2 weeks: He's going to be MASSIVE)! xx
Ah!! That would explain it. I thought your class was 7 - 8, no wonder we didnt see you, ours does indeed start at 8. Caroline has oodles of energy doesnt she ;D and you can tell she just loves the dogs, big ones, little ones, good ones, naughty ones - she's not fussy!!
Would be great to see Woody!! Let us know when you are planning on taking him to the Home and we'll be there! x
ooppsss.... sorry...I have been referring to Pickle as "he" when he is clearly a "she" lol.....No, Murphy isnt a rescue and I dont really get why he is as nervous as he is as when we had him at 11 weeks, I took him everywhere, he met everything in sight etc and when we went to puppy classes with him , Caroline said how he was such a confident puppy!!! dont know whats happened to him!!! I know his age is a lot to do with it. I do know though that the people we got him from weaned the pups really early and they didnt have that much to do with their mother after that so maybe thats influenced his behaviour... just dont know!! Caroline has suggested me going to the 7-8class next week as it is a bit quieter and maybe he wont get so stressed, so we will give it a try. See you at the August show....we LOVE coming to these shows!!!