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    Are these other places you are looking at also places where the dog will be sent without you?

    I commented on this in the other area but I dont trust any training where the owner is not part of the process. And IMO, coming n on the last day is not part of the process.

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    Kerrie; I don't know if Cheryl Spring of ValleyGem Dobes is still doing 'Farm Stay' type training. She used to- you and your dog went and stayed. She is in NSW... Central Coast just can't for life of me recall town name.

    Google 'ValleyGem Dobes' and you will find her.

    She is the breeder of my Flirtt, and I have enormous respect for her.

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    I am on the central coast, where is this training centre located?

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    Yup

    Send Steve C an email.

    I have done a one on one session with him and my dog, and also an all day seminar and know quite a few people who train using his methods, he's open and transparent about what he does and why, and if you're not comfortable with any of the methods (eg prong or electric remote collar) he won't use them.

    He also knows good people around the country. He's not a "purely positive" trainer, if you want one of those, look up Delta. But he's a rewards based trainer as much as possible and does most of his training by getting the dog excited about working but not freaked out.

    I'm not a "purely positive" trainer either. But I like that with Steve you can talk about what you want to get done, and he will go through how he'd do that with your dog etc. There is no secret dog training business that you would be upset about if you found out later. And there is no training by freaking the dog out.

    And Steve continues to provide support well after you're finished doing the immediate training or seminar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    Kerrie; I don't know if Cheryl Spring of ValleyGem Dobes is still doing 'Farm Stay' type training. She used to- you and your dog went and stayed. She is in NSW... Central Coast just can't for life of me recall town name.

    Google 'ValleyGem Dobes' and you will find her.

    She is the breeder of my Flirtt, and I have enormous respect for her.
    Ok... Brain finally remembered... Cheryl used to have Coastal Country Dog Training at Kyogle. She has since relocated to Corokai (the place is heavenly), but she has not continued with her Farm Stay program. Which is a shame. When I bought Flirtt, I stayed and trained a while- Cheryl just makes things so quick and painless. And sensible! Lol.

    You could still call if you're interested in help.

    And Hyac's right, Steve Courtney is terrific, too. I'm in no way decreasing his expertise as a dog trainer (and good personal mate), just thought Kerrie might like a Dobe owner/breeder/ trainer option....

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    K9 Dog Obedience Training Courses, Australian dog trainer, dog training methods, lessons, dogs training, canines, Sydney, Australia

    This is one I found that is in sydney and the central coast.

    Thanks Villian, we did look at a dobe and training from Coraki but i will have admit the price of the dog was a little out of our budget and she told me she didnt do the training anymore - sigh.

    The staying for training would be lovely but it really isnt possible to stay for more then a day or so, especially when they are all so far away. I have two children in school, one in Year 10 so that is important not to miss school and she has jobs so that complicates things. I also have no annual leave left until later in the year so it has to be a drop and train and come back to learn how to operate with back up help via phone and email.

    we shall check some out over the next couple of days and let you know how we go.

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    TBH Kerrie, I think the drop and train option is a bad one. For any breed, but as I'm a Dobe person, I'm thinking in terms of Dobe's. Aus bred Dobes have some god awful genetics and can be disastrously anxious/temperamental/flighty.

    I don't want to be rude, but would you PM me who bred Gigha (sp?)... Maybe I can tell you about her lines...

    I really think away training is not a good idea. Besides, if all you want is 'food refusal', you definitely don't need to fork out $$$$$$, it's not time consuming to train it at all!!!!

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    Sorry for the multitude of posts folks...

    Kerrie having just reread your initial post- am I correct in thinking Miss Gigha is about 16 weeks now? 4 months? At this age she is just leaving a primary developmental and socialization period (meaning the window for primary learning is closing)... I'd be so hesitant to be taking her out of your pack right about now. IF for any reason the training done was not exactly right for whatever reason, it has the potential to become a lifelong stuff up for her.

    I'm not sure I'm making sense, but have read of the puppy development calendar on Steve C's website (K9 Pro The K9 Professionals; Dog Training and Behaviour Site) he explains it muuuuch better than I have.

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    Thanks Villian.

    We think what we may do is take her with us on holdiays and use this place K 9 Ce ntre at the Gold Coast.

    That way we can go for training with her every day or second day, she is being boarded and trained and we should all win out. We did look at this before but were trying to stop bad habits before they formed. Bad habits as in, we are not experts so we might do something 'wrong' and even though we have read plently of things that is not the same as practical now how. We are just tryign to get it right for her - and us.

    She is four months old now and would be 9 in Nov.

    I think we will do some ringing around, K9Pro, and a few other places, get some opinions and take it from there.

    Strange thing is that place in Sydney even advised against de-sexing.....ah NO WAY! There is a wired haired terrier up the road that wanders ALL THE TIME and she might be in her run but still, can you imagine trying to get rid of those puppies!! If the idea didnt fill me with so much horror it would be funny!

    Thanks everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerriek_99 View Post
    Strange thing is that place in Sydney even advised against de-sexing.....ah NO WAY! There is a wired haired terrier up the road that wanders ALL THE TIME and she might be in her run but still, can you imagine trying to get rid of those puppies!! If the idea didnt fill me with so much horror it would be funny!

    Thanks everyone.
    The worst of this is that the fact that they are linked by family (to my knowledge) to a group that re-homes dogs purely for profit. They ride on the coat tails of legitimate rescue when they are not. They simply sell dogs and they take in surrenders for a huge fee so they make money twice on each dog.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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