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    Quote Originally Posted by bl24688 View Post
    Hi new to the forums...

    My partner and i have a 8 month old German Sheperd and have been looking at obedience programs to enter her into, just to teach her properly to walk on a lead and polish up her general skills.

    We live on the North side of Brisbane and have found a local facility where for $200.00 they will fully train her in their 1 week course. Our dog will stay on the premises.

    Has anyone had any experience with this particular school?

    Cheers Brendan
    When I had my German Shepherd he went away for 1 week (at 6 mths of age) to training at Withcott QLD which was a guard dog training school. The 1 week was all the basic training and then I would attend weekly with him so I would know all the training and all his training was reinforced with me. (He had actually been bred at that school). He later went back for another week for personal protection training and then I would attend weekly with him.
    It worked well with my boy, but had the trust in the people and their methods as they actually bred him.

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    Hmmm, this is an interesting scenario. Like Bo said, there are some excellent training establishments specifically designed for training a GSD in personal protection and...other stuff. But I'm not sure that's a need for you whatsoever?

    Other than that, I agree with Ange and all the others - I would never do what you are considering. I would invest in researching obedience training courses in your area and pick one of those where you go along on a regular basis over a lengthy period of time to learn as a team. Because in the end, that's what you and your GSD are - a perfect team.

    Edited to add: GSD = perfect!
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    I used to do in-house training of dogs at a boarding facility. It was expensive included all food and boarding.

    It consisted of not barging thru the gate. Siting to have collar and lead attached, sit, drop, stays, heeling, and come.

    Dog had to stay a minimum of 14 days.

    At the completion the owner came, spent an hour with one of the trainers and was shown what to do, was given written instructions to take home to refer to and could attend the group Saturday classes for free for the rest of that dogs life.

    That two weeks saved many a dogs life and owners sanity. It gave many owners the kick start to continue on with the training and see that their dog was not stupid or slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    I used to do in-house training of dogs at a boarding facility. It was expensive included all food and boarding.
    Your not with them anymore?? Sorry might be a bit of a personal question, I have just been meaning to ask since we worked out who eachother were lol
    and do you keep contact anyone else from the course?

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    I left to start out on my own and basically because I could see myself becoming less and less tolerant of the young kids that worked there; their idea of clean and my idea of clean were two different things.

    Plus I wanted to breed my Whippets and train my own dogs for a change. I'd get home to clean up and train my own and it felt like my day just went on & on.

    I had become co-supervisor of big dogs which is dam heavy work and I knew my dog trainers back wouldn't hold out much longer. Although I was a nice size 8 back then - a year later and......

    I've been back on occasion when everyone's gone down with some flu or such and done a couple of the Saturday or Tuesday group classes.

    Spoke to S&V a few days ago and keep in touch but basically have left it to the younger ones, it's hard, heavy, dirty, smelly work, but I do miss MY babies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    I left to start out on my own and basically because I could see myself becoming less and less tolerant of the young kids that worked there; their idea of clean and my idea of clean were two different things.

    Plus I wanted to breed my Whippets and train my own dogs for a change. I'd get home to clean up and train my own and it felt like my day just went on & on.

    I had become co-supervisor of big dogs which is dam heavy work and I knew my dog trainers back wouldn't hold out much longer. Although I was a nice size 8 back then - a year later and......

    I've been back on occasion when everyone's gone down with some flu or such and done a couple of the Saturday or Tuesday group classes.

    Spoke to S&V a few days ago and keep in touch but basically have left it to the younger ones, it's hard, heavy, dirty, smelly work, but I do miss MY babies.
    Yeh it is hard not to have as much time for your own babies as you have to make for everyone elses Good on you!! It was all because I played with that Bc at S&V's that I got Sam I always liked the breed and then I played with that little man and just needed one of my own lol
    You are the only one I speak to really and only because your on here lol I went to Melbourne for my second block so I didnt see you guys again.
    Anyway sorry for derailing the thread

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    I got sent to Melbourne as an additional, so that my training style wasn't all based on S&V's. One of the perks of working there I guess.

    It's why I've never knocked back helping out even at short notice.

    I stayed in touch with a couple of them, but I think either personal problems, health, family or just realisation of what working with dogs is like or how hard it is to break into it is prevented them from finishing. They wanted to go from no experience to dog trainer in one day. I had to pick up a lot of sh*t before I started training.
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