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    Default All Breeds Club? Or Single Breed Club?

    Hey all,

    Just thought I'd find out what you all think in relation to obedience clubs, if you do/would take your dog to an obedience club that has many other dogs, or if you'd go to a breed specific club?
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    I take Bella to a club with a massive range of breeds, so huge my jaw literally dropped when I first went. There are bassets, Labradors, Golden retrievers, great danes, shelties, staffies, weimeraners, dalmations, italian greyhounds, poodles of all sizes, border collies, JRT, tenterfield terriers, dacshunds, whippets, a saluki, shih-tzu, maltese, mixes, even a dingo cross! I would much prefer an all breeds club over a single breed club, because since I have been there I have met breeds that I didn't even know existed, and I have learnt alot about a whole bunch of different breeds. Its really great

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    Good to know. Our training has dropped off recently, due to a few different issues that I wont go into here.

    Obviously Molly and Jack have to go to an all breeds club, as both are crosses, but its more for Mia's benefit I'm asking. I'm not sure what to do with her. Our club that we normally go to, left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth when I took her into their puppy class, and she thought she was part Kangaroo and kept jumping around like a loony, and I got a filthy look from the instructor and told to control my dog, which is what I thought I was there for (mind you she was all of about 10 weeks old at that point). After that day, when I was also had a go at for having "the wrong colored name tag for training a pup" (you get different colors for pups and adults, but Jack is in an adult class, so when he was no longer a pup they changed my tag, I never went back.

    Thats a bit of a background story for you.
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    Yeah, thats a good point too. We're going to QLD for a week in July, our plan was to start going back to obedience classes after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I think it is also important it is done by people you trust and enjoy being around to be honest. If you can find a good GSD club with obedience training...then I would try and give it a go.

    Furthermore...when you go to a breed specific club...you KNOW they like your breed...do not discriminate and think it is "dangerous", because EVERYBODY has GSD's
    'Cept for my Tara. She looks like a GSD, but I think she has a Red Setter's brain. (with apologies to Setter owners)

    There's pros & cons for both sides of the argument. If the dog only mixes with it's own breed, it can be difficult when it comes across other breeds. As Clea said though, at a single breed club, the instructors know what your breed is all about and when everyone gives you a compliment about your dog, you know it's sincere .... because they own one & are biased.

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    I also think there are pros and cons. If you are REALLY having difficulties and you're not fond of the all breeds club then I'd join the breed specific club.

    I've also been a member of more than one club at a time.

    Poor Tara, compared to an Irish Setter. At least Gemma's a Gordon Setter, not quite as silly, but still no walk in the park either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Poor Tara, compared to an Irish Setter. At least Gemma's a Gordon Setter, not quite as silly, but still no walk in the park either.
    If you'd ever met my girl, you'd understand why. They don't call her "Tearaway Tara" at club for nothing. She just can't be trusted not to nick off & run through all the other classes the second I unclip her lead for off lead work. It's why she's been stuck in her current grade for 3 years now.

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    Used to be a Irish in my old club, it could slip its lead so easily (see not entirely stupid, just selectively so).

    It used to then run rings around the owner, darting in and out having the time of it's life watching this poor guy just get more frustrated.

    One day he was in a class I was taking and I told him to lay down on the ground and pretend he was crying, he looked at me as though I had two heads but did eventually try it.

    The look on the Irish's face when he did this was priceless, so concerned, it went up and crouched right in front of him and then put a paw out and scraped it's nails along it's owners bald head....beautiful moment ruined.

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    Cute story. Tara is at least at the stage that she'll drop when I give the command & then I'll go & collect her. She just seems to enjoy nicking off to say "G'Day". She's a "late bloomer" so I'm hoping she'll get it together in the long term.

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    See then, she's not an Irish in disguise after all, that's way too advanced for them. .

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