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    So I know why its important to take Poppy. And I am really looking foward to it. Problem is ...OH isn't to keen on even coming with me. And TBH I am really upset about this.

    Am I being silly? Is it best for both of us to go? Or should just one of us be going?

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    I think you should both go. That way, you will both be on the same page with her training. If you go and he doesn't, is he prepared to follow your instructions exactly?

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    Only I went for Batty, his was mainly for the socialisation aspect though.

    TBH I recommend that you listen to what they have to say, research their stance and make your own choices based on your own research.

    It is important as first time puppy owners, but they give you homework - ultimatum for hubby: "Either come with me or you do the homework"

    If you are Poppy's main care-giver then IMO it is vital that you do puppy school with her. If she pays more attention to you then hubby may be jealous because you are the favourite. If this is the case then you need to explain to him that you are the favourite because you feed, wash, walk and train her and if he wants to be her favourite he needs to do the same

    Sometimes they just aren't interested. I preferred going on my own TBH it was easier and I was able to sort the wheat from the chaff - so to speak - and give hubby the good info, or the info I wanted us to follow.

    ETA: What C&B has asked is very important as well, if he is not willing to follow your instruction with her then he does need to go. From the sounds of it though you have him well in check

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    I think you should both go. That way, you will both be on the same page with her training. If you go and he doesn't, is he prepared to follow your instructions exactly?
    Thats the reason I want him to come. So that we are both on the same page when it comes to training/disciplining Poppy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Only I went for Batty, his was mainly for the socialisation aspect though.

    TBH I recommend that you listen to what they have to say, research their stance and make your own choices based on your own research.

    It is important as first time puppy owners, but they give you homework - ultimatum for hubby: "Either come with me or you do the homework"

    If you are Poppy's main care-giver then IMO it is vital that you do puppy school with her. If she pays more attention to you then hubby may be jealous because you are the favourite. If this is the case then you need to explain to him that you are the favourite because you feed, wash, walk and train her and if he wants to be her favourite he needs to do the same

    Sometimes they just aren't interested. I preferred going on my own TBH it was easier and I was able to sort the wheat from the chaff - so to speak - and give hubby the good info, or the info I wanted us to follow.

    ETA: What C&B has asked is very important as well, if he is not willing to follow your instruction with her then he does need to go. From the sounds of it though you have him well in check
    Yeh! He knows I am the boss when it comes to Poppy! And TBH she does sort of see me as the fave. I mean she loves OH too but I do most of the feeding, most of the washing and so far all of the walking. OH does the training (toilet for example) when he outside with her and he does it exactly how I have told him to. Que word, praise, treat.

    He knows its important to me for him to come with. So he has agreed to it even though I know he would rather stay at home. He offered to clean the floors and cook dinner tonight while I went...maybe I should take him up on that offer! Haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Thats the reason I want him to come. So that we are both on the same page when it comes to training/disciplining Poppy.

    Yeh! He knows I am the boss when it comes to Poppy! And TBH she does sort of see me as the fave. I mean she loves OH too but I do most of the feeding, most of the washing and so far all of the walking. OH does the training (toilet for example) when he outside with her and he does it exactly how I have told him to. Que word, praise, treat.

    He knows its important to me for him to come with. So he has agreed to it even though I know he would rather stay at home. He offered to clean the floors and cook dinner tonight while I went...maybe I should take him up on that offer! Haha!
    It depends on how literal he is going to take what they say IMO. A lot of the things that were suggested with Batty wouldn't work - Yelping when he bites for example. Plus the vet nurse told us that crate training was cruel, when done properly it's not.

    I'll do a search and give you the links to the puppy school threads too if you like?

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    If all the family are interested I've never opposed to people sharing the training provided they have been standing in the background taking in the info so that I don't have to start from the beginning and bore the class.

    Sometimes people share, sometimes the family sits in the background and one person does the training and sometimes when one gets frustrated it's really good if they have another person who can handle the dog past that "sticking" point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    It depends on how literal he is going to take what they say IMO. A lot of the things that were suggested with Batty wouldn't work - Yelping when he bites for example. Plus the vet nurse told us that crate training was cruel, when done properly it's not.

    I'll do a search and give you the links to the puppy school threads too if you like?
    That would be good! I would like to read them!

    I think he would take what they say VERY literally! So maybe it is better I go and then feed him what I want him to do with her! Lol!

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    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...-thread-2.html

    Read post 20 onwards here, it's a relatively long post but should prepare you a little for what to expect. There are follow up posts through as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    So I know why its important to take Poppy. And I am really looking foward to it. Problem is ...OH isn't to keen on even coming with me. And TBH I am really upset about this.

    Am I being silly? Is it best for both of us to go? Or should just one of us be going?
    I think both of you should go really...it is a bonding session between you and Poppy and a chance for both of you to learn the tricks of the trade sorta speak

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    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.

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