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    Our two 16wk old Staffy's (brother and sister) are a bit of a handful as we only got them last week. Until then, they were in a backyard with their parents and siblngs with little discipine from humans.
    We went to our first puppy class and saw how important it is to socialize them but we are wondering if it would be better to look at getting a trainer to our house. We are the only ones in the class with 2 puppies and we have so many things that we need to learn in order to handle them well. For example, if not handled right we may end up with the two of them ganging up on other dogs. We are tight for time because of their age and we so want to get it right as they are such lovely natured dogs.
    Any advice will be so welcome.

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    Yes, I fully understand that and realize it is essential and one way or another it will happen. It was just the training aspect that I wanted to clarify. The class we will be starting is cosing $500 and I just wondered would that sort of money be better spent on getting training that will be more specific for two dogs at home.
    At the first class that we went to, we had so many questions to be answered and idn't want to monopolize the class. I am worried that we are doing things wrong at home now and maybe creating more problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithy View Post
    Yes, I fully understand that and realize it is essential and one way or another it will happen. It was just the training aspect that I wanted to clarify. The class we will be starting is cosing $500 and I just wondered would that sort of money be better spent on getting training that will be more specific for two dogs at home.
    At the first class that we went to, we had so many questions to be answered and idn't want to monopolize the class. I am worried that we are doing things wrong at home now and maybe creating more problems.
    Wow!!! $500 for Puppy Preschool!!! How long is the course?

    I went to a 4 week school to learn the basics (you have to obviously keep practising at home) and it cost $80.

    It was money well spent IMO as we are first time dog owners and our puppy would not have got the socialisation and training she did without it!

    Unless you have specific behavioural problems with your pups I would say a school situation would be best.

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    It's wonderful that you are being dedicated about raising your pups responsibly, I hope that the place you are taking them is darn good for the price they are charging (I assume it's $250 per dog).

    Where abouts are you? Someone might be able to recommend somewhere in your area.

    There is not doubt that you need to socialise your pups as much as possible, and I would also suggest getting them desexed as soon as they hit 6 months old. Get them out and about, meeting people, other dogs - if you see someone with another dog that looks friendly call out and ask if you can introduce your pups to their dog, explain that you are trying to socialise them, some people may say no (perhaps their dog isn't so friendly after all), but others will appreciate being asked and will be very accommodating.

    Good on you for trying to do the right thing!

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    I think I paid $60 for 1 x 1 hour (ish) session per week for four weeks.

    And we got quite a few freebies by companies wishing to market their product thrown in.

    $250 per dog - YIKES. That's not puppy pre-school, that's extortion, or parting fools from their money.

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    Thanks for all your replies.
    We thought it was a bit steep moneywise but as we are new to all this we had no idea about cost. We live in Brisbane at The Gap. Hopefully, someone on here may know of a good trainer/class not too far away. The dogs absolutely hate the car at the moment so we would hope to go somewhere that was a reasonable distance.
    Great idea about asking people with dogs to socialize with ours in the park. We are going on our first walk today so will grab any opportunity.

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    Smithy

    phone your local vet, or rescue place like RSPCA and ask them to recommend a puppy school in your area. Also look up dog obedience classes in your area and ask them.

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    I think before I jump in and go WTF regarding the price...I would prefer to ask you what this particular course entails.

    How long does it run for?
    How often per week?
    What training are you covering?
    Is there additional extra help if you need it?
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    I paid $60 for 4 weeks.

    Our sessions where from 1 to 2 hours.

    Was great in my opinion.

    I would say Puppy Pre-School is a must or any dog I ever own as it is a great way to socialise and trains your dog to be friendly around other dogs at a young age.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    I think before I jump in and go WTF regarding the price...I would prefer to ask you what this particular course entails.

    How long does it run for?
    How often per week?
    What training are you covering?
    Is there additional extra help if you need it?
    It is for one hour a week for 12 weeks so it averages out more or less the same as the others I guess. I'm not sure what it covers off the top of my head but I shall find out. At the first class we sat in a circle with all the pups in the middle and they were off their leads, a trainer was in the middle to stop anything nasty happening. After that the newcomers (us) went in for a talk while the others were outside training. It is run by Val Bonny. The trainers seemd to be very good and they deal with behavioural probelms etc.

    To be honest, our first class was all a bit rushed and was as daunting for our pups as it was for us. It terrified one of them out of her wits. The people were no problem, it was the dogs (so we know we have to get her socialized as much as possible). She tried to runaway for the whole time we were in the circle with the other pups and was so upset for hours after it all. I just wonder if this will distract her from learning. Should the socializing and training be seperate until she is comfortable with other dogs around? I am worried that she will get so spooked by it but at the same time I can understand the logic in pushing ahead with it.

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