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    hi all,

    my puppy, dozer, who is now 13 weeks old was booked into puppy pre school at the local vet however at while we were there the other day we were told he was not suitable as he is too active.
    Other than private lessons I am stuck as to where to go for training. Any ideas?
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    Thats odd, because they should accept him and help you to train him to calm down!

    Where abouts do you live?

    You can always ring around or look in the local newspaper for dog obedience training. Up here in the Blue Mountains, there is a big oval where every Thursday, every one gathers around with their puppies and dogs and separate into their Beginner, Intermediate or Agility classes. Hopefully there will be a place like that nearby.

    Dozer is absolutely gorgeous by the way Good luck! Keep us posted.
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    The cut off age for our puppy preschool was 16 weeks.
    Is that the only one in the area? When I took my brothers dog they were all hypo. There were about 8 dog from chihuahuas to labradors. Its about socialisation. Puppies will come across boisterous puppies and dogs I'm surprised they wouldn't let them experience this in a controlled environment Iykwim?
    I had been training Kimba at our local obedience school (on an oval like ally) and I took Buddy to see the best way to train a puppy as it was a lot different!

    If there is nothing you can always Youtube training lessons and train him yourself. Its a shame if they have nothing in your area.

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    I think it's wrong that you cannot take him there...they are ment to help you, not turn you away

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    Im glad you all are thinking the same way I am. I was a bit confused!

    When we first adopted from the animal shelter him we were told he was 10 weeks old but it turned out he was closer to 12 weeks. This would mean that he would have been 14 weeks when he began puppy school (16 weeks cut off). Despite the age we were told that it would be unfair on him as he would not get as much off-leash time as the other puppies because he is a bit more energetic.

    I think we are too late to start another puppy pre school but I will call around and see what else is around.

    im not sure what age they need to be to begin begginners obedience classes?

    thanks!

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    With obedience...it's probably best you wait until he is 18 weeks (2 weeks after the 3rd vax). A lot of clubs wont allow pups to start untill they are fully vax

    I would start off by taking him for walks around the street and getting him used to all the distractions. Teach him to heal and watch you...sit when you stop, and stay (to the length of the lead, then you return).
    And when playing in the yard, teach him recall

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    That's not right! Unless your puppy shows EXTREME behaviour issues, there is no reason they should not accept him! But he is only a pup still so that shouldn't even matter! We take our 2 year old rotti to training once a week/fortnight and we now take our 14 week pup there aswell (who is an absolute nutcase!). They have classes for young pups through to adults. No dog is accepted without proof of current immunisation so you don't have to worry bout diseases, plus it's not on land used by public dog owners. I wanted him to socialise with pups and adults, so training school is perfect for that. I suggest you look into any schools in your area. I also would find a new vet, they obviously don't know how to handle animals if they are worried about an overactive little pup!

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    At 13 weeks he is probably a fair deal bigger than other puppies who are 8 weeks or so, so I can understand that they would advise you not to go. Wait a week or so and join your local obedience club. they often have puppy/beginner classes. If your dog is a potential danger to other puppies through exhuberance or anything else, can you really blame them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    At 13 weeks he is probably a fair deal bigger than other puppies who are 8 weeks or so, so I can understand that they would advise you not to go. Wait a week or so and join your local obedience club. they often have puppy/beginner classes. If your dog is a potential danger to other puppies through exhuberance or anything else, can you really blame them?
    I disagree. These puppy pre-schools are there for a reason and that is to help the new owner and teach them...not turn them away. What does that encourage??? it encourages ppl to just give up and leave their pup in the backyard to further grow into a naughty, untrained dog.
    If the owner has a pup they cannot handle, then the owner should still be advised to attend the classes and learn how to handle their pup first.

    I have experience...yet Candy is still tough for me ATM.

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    Better to not be somewhere were people can't help you than to be there and gain nothing.

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