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    I'm getting a new puppy soon and I was wondering if I should take her to a puppy school?

    I know how to teach dog's the sit, down, stay tricks, as well as the socializing with other dogs. But is there more that the puppy school can offer?

    Any more general information about puppy school will be much appreciated.

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    TBH Jennifer, IMO puppy schools differ greatly, depending on who has organised them, and more importantly, who is running them.
    Check with your local area that does Puppy School. Ask as many questions as you need to know - that will give you a fair indication of what your local one is like. Then it will be up to you, and you will have a far better idea whether to attend or not.

    As you have stated though, socialisation at an young age is imperative to a well balanced dog.

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    Puppy school is for all puppies up to 4 months old. They do vary in quality of experience from place to place so you might want to ask around friends to find out what ones they recommend in your area.

    Puppy school is about letting your dog learn how to behave with other puppies and be socialised - you can't teach your puppy that. It is also about you learning how to look after the puppy and you learn all sorts of things like about vaccinations and how often a puppy needs to get them and how long before they're effective and about spot on flea treatments and different puppy food and how to get your puppy not to be sick in the car and you can get some free gifts from people who want to sell you more of their product too.

    And they're usually run by vets who can answer all your doggy questions.

    And if you're about to get a puppy you might want to read these links (I'm not sure where you're getting your puppy from but I hope it's not a pet shop).
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...ers-truth.html
    and
    Before You Get Your Puppy | Dog Star Daily
    and
    PuppyPicking
    (pick the friendly puppy).

    Hope that helps.

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    I took Bailey to puppy school and although I already had Mully and Tyson (plus dogs from my childhood) I learnt A LOT of things I didn't know. Different sorts of worms, how they get them, how to treat etc plus other diseases I had no idea about.

    It helped me a lot because of Baileys particular circumstances I got to ask the vet nurses a lot of questions that were based on her particular personality.

    Hope that makes sense?!

    You can always go for one session and if you dont like it dont go back?!

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    Thanks everyone!

    I've contacted the local puppy school and am starting sessions in a few weeks.

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    I've had dogs for years and when I get my next pup I am not sure whether I will go to puppy school.

    I will go only if there is one that is recommended word of mouth or with someone I trust. Frankly most vet nurses haven't the foggiest about animal behaviour and give some godawful advice during these sessions. It would be like asking the office ladies to teach a class- sure - they work at the school, are essential and wonderful people. and interact with the kids but their expertise does not lie in teaching students.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    I've had dogs for years and when I get my next pup I am not sure whether I will go to puppy school.

    I will go only if there is one that is recommended word of mouth or with someone I trust. Frankly most vet nurses haven't the foggiest about animal behaviour and give some godawful advice during these sessions. It would be like asking the office ladies to teach a class- sure - they work at the school, are essential and wonderful people. and interact with the kids but their expertise does not lie in teaching students.
    I actually agree with this comment a lot. This is kind of what I was trying to point out in my comments above. It really DOES DEPEND on who is teaching the class IMO.

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    I'm told that it's a specialized and experienced dog trainer

    But there's always the chance of going one session and not going back if I don't like it (as JudgeTheDeedNotTheBreed said)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    I've had dogs for years and when I get my next pup I am not sure whether I will go to puppy school.

    I will go only if there is one that is recommended word of mouth or with someone I trust. Frankly most vet nurses haven't the foggiest about animal behaviour and give some godawful advice during these sessions. It would be like asking the office ladies to teach a class- sure - they work at the school, are essential and wonderful people. and interact with the kids but their expertise does not lie in teaching students.
    I agree!

    When we took Sumo to pre-school...the teacher there let the puppies run around...saying hi. There was a Siberian Husky...Sumo (Staffy)...a Blue Heeler...an extremely over-excited Labrador...a mini Dachshund and a Spaniel mixed with something. NOW...Labrador (Trevor)...for whatever reason...the other puppies didn't like him much. I am putting this down to his energy, because the puppies would be all calm and relaxed UNTIL Trevor entered and you could feel the dynamics change.

    So...it is free play time....she lets Sumo and Trevor play...this goes well until Trevor gets too excited and Sumo told him off in a nice manner that he had had enough of him jumping on him. Now...if this teacher had had a clue...she would have stopped it there, but she didn't. She KNEW that Siberian Husky (SB) didn't like Trevor much and Blue Heeler absolutely hated him. She said...let Trevor and SB play. I looked at Steve and said...not smart. Teacher is standing there yacking to someone else...not paying attention...I am looking at Trevor and SB. I could see the body language of SB and I said to Steve...this is not going to end nicely. 2 Seconds after that...SB seriously went for Trevor to the point of him screaming. Trevor was allowed to get too close to Blue Heeler and he had a go at Trevor...what a stupid twit!

    Be selective in choosing your puppy pre-school...ask questions as to what they do...are the puppies allowed free play time etc etc.

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    LOL this Trevor wasn't a chocolate lab was he?

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