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Hey everyone,

As most of you know, I just got my little Tanner a day ago and I have been debating whether or not I want to bring him to puppy training classes or not. I had an English Springer Spaniel that we had taken to puppy classes but it didn't really help. Though, I think the dog just didn't understand what is going on.

Tanner, however, had been one of the smartest dogs in my house so far. He hasn't peed or pooped once inside the house. He goes outside every half an hour and today he will just stare at me or my mom and then we know he wants to go outside. I do truely believe that he is going to be a smart little guy.

But, what do you guys think? Is puppy classes worth going to? I went to my local petco for my puppy classes with my Springer Spaniel and it was kind of a waste of time. Should I try to find local ones that someone actually does at their homes? Or?

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Rachel and Tanner
 

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yes yes yes, its not just training, its socialization, they meat almost every breed or size of dog under the sun at a training class. they learn social skills.

puppies are mental in the waiting aria wanting to play, then continue that behaver in class. but by the third week they learn that when they step through that door it is time to work. they learn to ignore other dogs and people.

i have been going to my local training school for 5 years since getting our first cockapoo, i am more of a helper/trainer now and shadow a lot of the classes. it is amazing seeing the owners are dogs confidence grow in a class. it is also nice having someone watch for the outside what you are doing to spot where the problem is if your having issues.

so yes get him to a class even just for the social aspect.
 

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I would definitely recommend puppy socialisation as we took Beau and she had a great time meeting people and other puppies and also learnt some basic training - she now loves meeting other dogs and people and isn't worried by them. We then progressed on to obedience classes which we finish next week and have signed up for agility as Beau loves it all. Maybe you had a bad experience and need to find another class to attend as definitely worth it. :D
 

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Definately go for it! As Kendal says its the socialisation more than anything and thinking of how you came to have Tanner he may have missed out on some socialisation and it is so so important, have fun :)
 

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I agree with all above ,i start next week ,must say im finding Buddy to be really intelligent also so im sure he's going to love working that big brain of his
 

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Absolutely without doubt you should go, the advatages outweigh the hassel. Izzy went to puppy classes, then intermediate. We gave up when she was 8 months old because our class had over 20 dogs and each dog received very little attention. I started going to clicker training three months ago and Izzy loves it. They have to use their brains to work out what is going on - the more mental stimulation they get the better.
 

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Definitely. They are intelligent dogs and its so rewarding seeing how far you can take them in their training.

Millie has been to puppy classes, improvers and in Sept will start Rally training.
 

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Yes, definitely, Rachel. Puppy classes are a must especially so if you have an intelligent dog (as all Cockapoos are!). They need to work their brains. I think you will get the best out of Tanner if you take him to classes.

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Hi Everyone
I agree puppy classes are a must...I have been training and working dogs for more years than I care to remember but have not hesitated in getting Milo & Alfie booked in....come on ladies you know how much you loved those Mother and Toddler groups!;) I even went to one off those when Jeannette was ill and I had a great time:) Not only will your puppies have a great time its good to hear other's are having similar problems and you can listen to the Instructors idea's but you will hear other's explaining what they have done....and I can hear the words now...'why did I not think off that':rolleyes: ****..
 

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The best start you can give your dog is taking them to puppy classes. You and your puppy will learn so much. Even an old hand at dogs like me has learned a new trick or two from going.
 
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