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Thread: Why is Puppy Preschool Important for US As Owners???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I think it would be ok for one of you to go, so long as the other one was prepared to learn what you have learned.

    The main reason for the owner to go is to get answers to all the basic basic questions you've been asking in this forum, along with some practical supervision and instant feedback on how you're going eg - how to teach your dog to do what you want - like heel nicely. And how to take care of your dog. If every puppy is accompanied by every family member - it could get a bit crowded and the puppy and people could get confused as all that attention and feedback gets randomly diluted instead of focussed on the main carer.

    Just make sure you don't start and end with puppy preschool. Do follow up and practice what you learn. And ideally - follow up with obedience training - so you can continue to put into practice what you've learned. There is nothing more obnoxious than a completely untrained dog that the owner thinks "doesn't need training". It jumps on you, it runs away, it won't heel, it's horrible to take on walks, it smells bad because it rolls in things it shouldn't, it begs, it steals food, and it picks fights with every dog and everybody. We don't need more dogs like that.
    Thanks Hy! I fully intend to keep going with obedience training after puppy preschool! The reason I am doing all this is because I DO NOT and WILL NOT have a doggy like the one you described!!! The form for Puppy Preschool asked what I wanted to gain from it and I said "To learn how to raise a well mannered, healthy, happy dog".

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    My OH hates training the dogs, he leaves all of it up to me, but he's quite happy to say the commands and get them to do tricks AFTER I have taught them.
    Then he wonders why all our dogs follow me around and not him

    Training is great for bonding, and if you both want Poppy to bond really well with you then I think you should both be doing the training.

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    Hi Amy86

    I think our posts about sum it up. You learn to train puppy and then you train OH. And if OH is not ok with that - he'd better come too. Note - a lot of the same methods that work on puppy work on OH too - eg loads of praise for each tiny step in the right direction and a bit of "uh uh" and ignore for 30 seconds (or as long as it takes for puppy/OH to notice), for corrections. And the liberal dosing with yummy feel good treats help too.

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    It is also important because it is fun and you see other cute puppies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi Amy86

    I think our posts about sum it up. You learn to train puppy and then you train OH. And if OH is not ok with that - he'd better come too. Note - a lot of the same methods that work on puppy work on OH too - eg loads of praise for each tiny step in the right direction and a bit of "uh uh" and ignore for 30 seconds (or as long as it takes for puppy/OH to notice), for corrections. And the liberal dosing with yummy feel good treats help too.
    ROFLMAO. Just takes longer with the OH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    ROFLMAO. Just takes longer with the OH!
    Or they click to what you're doing and get crabby!

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