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Just wondered how many of you attend classes?

I have trained Rigby at home to- sit, lay down, give paw, drop and good recall when off lead- not sure if attending a class would be beneficial or not?

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There are some good tips at training classes. It's most beneficial for getting a puppy to listen even when excited by other fun dogs around. Getting a puppy to behave when he sees lots of fun is a whole new ball game. Unless of course u have a very collected Cockapoo unlike mine!
 

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I know what you mean - by the time we managed to get into a class, Biscuit was 18 weeks and could already do all the things you say, so it does feel like we are ahead of the younger pups already and perhaps should have looked at the next class up. However, as Denee says, it definitely teaches them to focus amongst a lot of excitement and distractions which is very different to teaching at home. Also, just meeting all the other dogs is hugely beneficial for your puppy and chatting with the other owners is helpful too.
 

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Oakley has just passed his Puppy class. I have really noticed a difference in his behaviour (for the better!!) since we started even though we covered the basics at home before we went.
We are going to continue with the KC Good Citizen Bronze class & start next week.
 

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We took Beau to Puppy Socialisation Classes which she loved as got to meet and play with other puppies plus the basic training came in handy. We then went on to do Bronze Obedience Classes which was really good and again she thoroughly enjoyed it plus we made some friends which was nice as all went through the same stages together. Some of her training lapsed due to a close family bereavement in September/October so we have just started the Silver Obedience Classes which is very good and again it was nice to meet up with people and Beau loves mixing with the other dogs there. It is also good as the trainer is teaching us things we hadn't even thought of. Beau is however going to have to do a one to one recall session with the trainer as she wont come back even though I have tried absolutely everything everyone has suggested :( I have now lost confidence in letting her off the lead which is a shame as she just wants to play though yesterday a lovely lady suggested we let Beau off her lead with her Border Terrier in the fenced off tennis courts which we did and she had a great time playing with him. Any sort of classes are definitely worth going to :)
 

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I'm a big fan of training classes. Millie started on Puppy Training at 14 weeks, moved onto Improvers and then Rally Training. Rally training wasn't so great, but I think it was because it was at 7.30 at night and she was tired by then. We've just started on Tricks training which is proving a lot of fun.

Training seems to re-focus their minds and helps with general obedience too.
 
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