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    Hi guys...I'm new here, and I need some urgent info.

    Dog Training, Obedience Training & Dog Boarding Kennels

    This place...I have booked my dog in for a two week training 'course'. I spoke to a lovely young lady on the phone, who assured me that the dog would be well cared for etc etc etc. I finished the conversation excited about the care my dog would get, and having him back trained.

    Then, I started to do a bit of research, and came upon comments like the following:
    Very disappointing experience After boarding our dog there for a 2 week obedience course, we returned to find him with bleeding sores, a growth on his paw and in a stressed and depressed state. God knows what went on, but it took reports to the NSW RSPCA and an Office of Fair Trading tribunal to get a refund.
    ok so i went here with my 6 months old puppy who was getting way too crazy to handle so i hoped they could fix them. they said they could fix him and even more! stop digging, barking, jumping up! when i return my pup had sores on both hes legs, same spot and when we came home he wen back to his old ways within hours. waste of money and its hard to go back and dig in these bad memories but i really wanna let other know how bad these people are.
    BEWARE BEWARE. I have worked here and saw the female owner (yes the OWNER) Luana Osman hitting a labrador very badly with a batton because it was jumping up on her. I resigned that day. shocking organisation. They should NOT be allowed to operate.
    Didnt want to give money back! I bought a pup from these guys costing well over a $1000 I received no pedigree no papers. The poor pup was delivered to me sick and although rushed to the vets died in 1 day. They then refused to give my money back. I had to initiate legal action to get my money back but was still out of pocket for travel costs and vet bills. Dont buy a dog from them.
    Does anyone know anything about this mob? I certainly do not want to leave my pal with someone who is going to be cruel to him, or treat him poorly.

    If I can try and justify myself as to why I'm putting him into a course to be trained.... He is a new pup, well, he's 7 months old now...and he's wild. I am self employed, and unfortunately I simply don't have the time to invest in training him properly, so I was hoping that someone could give him a kickstart, and I could just reinforce and continue on....

    I love my dog, and I enjoy being with him, but want him trained...

    So please, if somebody could give me some info to either warn me, or reassure me...that would be great.

    PM is fine if you don't want to make public comment.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Jack Jacj; 01-13-2011 at 08:44 PM.

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    Agree with molly. Don't even take the chance.

    Training with your dog is a big bonding process. Sorry, but I can't accept that you 'don't have time' to train him. 5 minutes every day is all it takes and consistency throughout the day. Wanting someone else to do it and then just reaping the benefits (which doesn't work unless you consistently train anyway) isn't worth it. He needs to learn from you to make the training viable.

    You are totally capable of training him You love him and enjoy him, which are fantastic starts, so just start small and go from there and soon enough you will have a dog that not only listens, but respects you as his owner, not just someone giving him commands.

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    Agree with the others. Even just one of those reviews would be enough for me.

    We have some really great members who have really good training techniques, perhaps start a thread stating your issues
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Agree with the others. Even just one of those reviews would be enough for me.

    We have some really great members who have really good training techniques, perhaps start a thread stating your issues
    Thanks guys....to be honest, I'd made up my mind not to take him prior to posting the thread, the reviews scare the crap out of me.

    I paid a deposit, which to be honest, is worth every cent for the lesson.

    To me not having time to train him...I can do 5 minutes....I can't do lessons, etc etc. What I was hoping to achieve, is getting a dog back that would understand basic commands, that I could then continue on with and reinforce, and expand on. I wasn't after a 'robot' as such.

    The honest truth is, I don't know HOW to train a dog, even having dogs all my life. My last dog was a Bullmastiff....I had to put her down in August last year....absolutely destroyed me. She was 5, got a closed uterus infection, threw thousands at the vet to get her well again, unfortunately there was a secondary infection, it crippled her, and she would not recover

    The Bully almost learnt on her own...she would do all the basics, I could stop her eating, take her food....everything. Great dog...somehow she got trained by me, but I don't know what I did....

    I'll look for other alternatives....thanks a lot for your input everyone.

    Any suggestions are welcomed. With business, wife, kids etc, I have time to sit and enjoy my dogs company, not the hours of training I assume are needed. I really want him to come to work with me, and be more of a part of the family....please....suggestions would be appreciated.

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    What breed of dog is this pup, and more importantly, what is his name?

    It is really hard to lose a dog, I think everyone here has been through that at some point. The best thing I learnt was that no two dogs are alike. I was lucky though, Roxie is the smartest I've had so far

    Dogs do have a tendency to pick things up quickly if you're consistent. You said he was 'wild', does he jump? The first thing I would do would be to get rid of that behaviour. Ignore him whenever he jumps, no talking, no growling, completely ignore until he calms down.

    For now, the time that you would have to sit and enjoy him is training time. It doesn't take hours. Five minutes a day for now is good, up it to ten. I bet you'll have so much fun teaching him you'll be doing 20 before you know it

    Like Aussiemyf said, there are plenty of training tips and guides here to start with. Youtube can also help, as can the back of a schmackos packet!

    A good place to start is also name recognition. Sit with him and say his name, give him treat. Name, treat, name treat. Whisper it, yell it, pretend you're mad, you're happy, you're loving, you're scared, to get him used to his name. Also, if he doesn't something naughty, try to NOT use his name.

    You mentioned a wife and kids, can they help out with the training at all?

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    Oh....sorry His name is Buzz....and he's a Jack Russell.

    Wild: destroyed my $1500 outdoor set....
    Drags chairs off the balcony so he can "play" with them
    Jumps a bit, but I kinda like that....although I know it is not appropriate.
    Chews EVERYTHING (pups....)
    Doesn't come when called, in fact, starts to race around, trying to get me to chase him.
    Generally, no obedience. He does sit....but that usually turns into "oh look, I have fallen over onto my back.....you'd better scratch my belly"

    I don't know where to start.....I guess your suggestions would be a good place.

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    I own a 12 year old Jack Russell, and know they are very difficult pups too train!
    Just from what you've said, he sounds like a huge bundle of energy. How much exercise is he getting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    I own a 12 year old Jack Russell, and know they are very difficult pups too train!
    Just from what you've said, he sounds like a huge bundle of energy. How much exercise is he getting?
    Exercise....well, not enough to be honest.

    I come home from work, I throw his toys around for a while, he runs and gets puffed...when he's had enough, he sits on my feet and chews them. I do this before I go to work too....

    The weekend he gets plenty, the kids tire him out

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    I am ashamed to admit I had a good giggle when you said he's a JR. Buzz is an adorable name.
    I giggled because Jack Russels are super smart and quick learners. They have high energy and will destroy things though Is there somewhere you can set up a ball on a rope or something similar for him? I'm thinking the wind pushing the rope around will make it more entertaining for him, because Jack Russels love to chase.

    He needs to know what are his toys and what aren't. Definitely do not let him keep anything he starts to chew if he's not meant to have it and if you do hang a toy for him don't make it resemble the washing or your wife will want him gone! Make his toys interesting and fun so he wants them instead of the furniture. Kongs are good if he's food oriented too.

    As for the jumping, it is a really great trick, but don't let him do it whenever he wants. Let him know that it's not ok unless you say it is.

    Try the name recognition with the food, and if he does start to run when you call him ignore it, sit down and wait for him to come over. Calling him continually, nagging at him, or chasing him will only teach him that his name and the command are a bunch of bs he can ignore.

    Who feeds Buzz?

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