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    Default Puppy Training Schools?

    Hey there, I recently welcomed a alaskan malamute into my family, Diesel 8weeks today. Ive been hearing mixed comments about training pups at home or taking him to puppy school.

    I would like to hear other peoples thoughts and experiance on this and also was wondering if anyone knows of any good training places in the Sunshine coast.. preferably near Moolooaba.

    Thanks for your time

    Michelle & Diesel

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    I think puppy pre-school is a great idea as it keeps up the socialisation of the puppy.

    I will admit some are much better than others and hopefully someone can recommend a good one in your area.

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    yep I think puppy preschool would be great.
    I dont know of any in your area though... I don even know where you are
    Your pup is going to need plent of socalisation and yearly training, when he gets these things he will be a happy chappy
    BTW welcome

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    Your vet should be able to recommend a puppy pre-school. As would any local dog obedience club.

    I'd be looking for one with small class size, supervision by a vet or qualified dog behaviourist ie someone who knows how to read a puppy and how to break things up if play gets out of hand.

    Other places that would be able to recommend puppy preschool in your area would be the nearest branch of the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League.

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    There's two training (obedience) clubs at the Gold Coast and I think there was one at Caboolture as well.

    Note, look for a dog club that trains fun things and "good citzenship" for canines as well as for competition obedience - which can be a fun sport but not what most people need with their family pet.

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    Thank you guys for your responses and for welcoming me.
    I found a couple of places over the internet which I have booked in to meet the trainers and watch a class to see how its run, what they teach and how the other dogs and owners do in the class.
    If any of you have heard of them i'd like to hear your opinions on the classes.
    The first is The Cananine Classrom The training director was really nice and very helpful.
    The second is a Kylie Smiths dog training (BetterBehavedDogs)
    The last one is Lyn Witts from Pawteential

    Also I have a few questions I know ill ask these trainers.. but would like to see what you guys asked when you started puppy training.

    Thanks again for all your help!!!!

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    The questions you need to ask are all about how the club is going to fit with you so that you are confortable there.
    I am a very hands on trainer. I like to let my dogs know that they can me physicly manipulated by me and that they wont get hurt so there is nothing to worry about when someone grabs them. My local club does everything by lure. They lure the dog into a sit and to get it to stay they shovel treats into its mouth so it is more focused on the food than the handler walking around it. This did not sit well for me, my dogs work for me because they WANT to impress me and make me happy. Yes I use food rewards and lure but not to such an extent that it becomes the only way the dog will hold still.
    So what i am saying here is that you need to think about what you want when training. What YOU feel confortable doing with your dog and how you and your family will work out the training. Then find the best fit with a club.
    btw its pretty standard but asking about their qualifications and experience if they do not tell you first is a good thing. Ask to talk to people at the club to see how they find it. And if the trainer has their dog there ask them if they will show you some on its training. It could very well reflect their experience.
    I think it is very important that the trainer not only is good with dogs but good with people too. If they are getting their class off side then it would be better to go somewhere else. An unhappy handler makes for an unhappy dog.

    Hope my rablings help

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