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    Hi,

    I get my puppy on tuesday at 8 weeks old and the next night start puppy preschool, after a new puppy vet check. This will wnd at 12 weeks when our local obedience club accepts dogs at 12 weeks.

    Do u think i should enroll and simply continue straight away with the training, or would it be better to enrol for the second round in april?

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    If the Obedience is specific for puppies it will be fine at 12 weeks, but sometimes if it is just regular obedience it might just be best to just come for socialisation. I don't mean the puppy has to be in the middle of all the older dogs, but it would be good for the puppy to see and if there is a nice calm friendly dog or two to meet. A whole hour with no breaks is tough for a puppy, but some sessions, with lots of breaks and sit abouts or lie abouts is OK.
    I take mine from the day I get them. I often just sit somewhere and we watch and sometimes some friendly folks come over and say hi to your puppy. That is also a good place to let your puppy meet more people.
    And I ofetn would go into a beginners class and give the puppy about 15 minutes and leave....Just chat to the Instructors.
    Pets are forever

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    Is your local obedience club the Northside one? Because it's right around the corner from where we live! But I've been slack and never went because their hours didn't suit us at all.

    If you feel like going, I would just do it. Even if you do just go for socialising and need to repeat, you pay your year's membership anyway, so it's not really lost money. And you'll get lots of advice from the trainers and other dog owners too no doubt.

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    Never have, never will.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I say go for it Our timing was a bit weird so my girl started puppy school at 14 weeks and obedience classes at 18 weeks, but I did training with her from the day she came home.

    Most clubs have a specific class for puppies, not much is really expected except for the handler to learn how to train their dog

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    I went as soon as our dog club went back. It closes for December - January because there are too many hot days and too many people have other things to do, ie the attendance isn't worth the effort on the days that are cool enough.

    There's a lot of things I'd do differently with what I know now if I started again with a puppy, but I'd still go to dog club - just for the chance to meet and greet - with the owner's permission - lots of other dogs under control on lead. Don't assume they're all friendly - some are definitely not - hence ask permission first. Practice teaching your puppy to be calm before greeting / playing ie ask for a sit first.

    Number one thing I'd do differently - I would not use a slip collar (ever again) and I would use a lot more food rewards, and after the puppy has the idea - be a lot more random and less reliable about handing out treats (but totally reliable about pats and praise).

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    Thanks i hadnt thought of the socialisation side of it, but it certainly sounds like a more controlled environment than a dog park. Ill check it out.

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    why not? it won't hurt to get the pup socialised. I also find it a great way to bond with my dog especially when i was working long hours

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    I just realise the big day is tomorrow! Good luck with the first day of having your pup.

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