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    Question to old for puppy school

    Hi everyone,

    My pup is now about 5 months old and is doing great, though i am looking into taking her to puppy pre-school

    athough i have been told that she is starting to get a bit old for it?

    just wondering if anyone knew of somewhere i would be able to take her in the wollongong area?

    Thanks

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    I think puppy preschool is really only for the tiny pups. I think it wouldn't be as useful anymore now, I think. But you should be able to start straight away in the beginners obedience classes. Check your local dog obedience club or the RSPCA. Clubs tend to be cheaper than RSPCA...

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    really? she is only just out of the time frame? just looking at her papers now she is 19 weeks old is that really to old?

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    You'd have to check with the places that provide the puppy preschool classes. I don't speak from experience, but I was under the impression that puppy preschool really is only to socialise your puppy at an early age and possibly before they would be allowed to go to obedience classes because of their vaccinations? I can't see a reason why you would absolutely want to do them when your pup is old enough to start "proper" obedience classes? But that really is just my opinion.

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    Yes. We won't take puppies over 20 weeks, and really I think thats too late and we dont get many, most of our pups are 8 - 16 weeks when they start. Puppy school is really to help support you during the initial stages, show you how to teach them to sit, drop, stand etc and talk about things like critical socialisation periods etc. Most of these things it is either too late (critical socialisation period is finished) and you should already have things like sit, drop and stand happening. Having an older dog in the class makes it harder because they often pick things up a lot quicker so you (the owner) end up spending a lot of time waiting while the instructor goes through things and helps the younger dogs and it makes the people with the younger dogs think their dogs are no good at it.

    I would be looking into an Advanced Puppy school or something similar, aimed at older puppies, it will be teaching more to the level you should be at with your pup.

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    oh i only wanted to take her to puppy school because this is what i have done with all my previous dogs, and because of puppy school i have never had to take them to an obedience class, but you may have a point, prehapes i just need and obediance class, thankyou

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    Thanks keira & Phoenix

    i will look into it, any chance you would know of a place in the illawarra that offers those classes?

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    I don't take puppies for puppy kinder when they are over 16 weeks old, because I am very specific in a particular time frame for certain training in puppies.
    But most places have a Beginners classes, which is mostly for dogs less then 6 months and again a seperate class for those over 6 month. I find there is a significant difference in how dog learn in these periods, I have found. So I run the classes a little different. Most people might not notice the difference, but it is.......
    But there should be classes for your puppy to learn and have fun at...it is all about having fun
    Pets are forever

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    Sorry, I dont know that area very well. They only training company I know down their are k9 Pro and I would recommend him but I dont know what classes he offers. Other than that I dont know any other companies so cant recommend any.

    Personally if I didnt already have a fabulous place where I teach and go I would look for somewhere that use Positive Reinforcement but who also use things like time out/reward removal (you can't achieve proper training with out some small aversives) and who do not tout on about pack or dominance theories. Friendly staff, with at least 1 Behavioural dog trainer (ie: Cert 3 or 4 Qualified) and all other trainers who take classes on their own should have a few years experience at the least.

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    I would ask Steve at K9pro to recommend someone or a club in your area.

    4 months is usually the cut off for puppy pre-school. But then you can go to puppy school at most obedience clubs.

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