Personal training vs. classes - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
moxie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bloomfield,CT and La Jolla, CA
Posts: 575
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
Personal training vs. classes

I wondered if anyone found personal training worth the investment. I feel like it is time to bring in the "big guns" for obedience and we have been unable to get good consistency with classes because of travel.

Debra and Moxie
moxie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 06:43 PM
Samson & Delilah's Mom
 
dboudreau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 2,683
Submit Photo: 3
Photo Submissions 17 Times in 15 Posts
I think it would depend on what your goals are.

If you are having a particular problem, then a personal trainer maybe the way to go. I like to go to classes because it socializes and teaches the dog to "work" with the distractions of other people and dogs.

"Hav" a Great Day,
Debbie & Sam & Delilah
www.lossombrahavanese.com


"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Suess.
dboudreau is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 06:50 PM
Estrella
 
EstrellaVila's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 1,076
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
I loved classes for Tito because it really does work on socialization.

Carmen, our rescue, is a problem child and gets very barky and has fear agression when she gets around other dogs. We had a personal trainer work with us on how to manage this and it worked great. If you have a specific problem a personal trainer is great, but otherwise group classes are just fine.

Estrella
EstrellaVila is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 06:56 PM
Amanda
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 9,576
Submit Photo: 2
Photo Submissions 31 Times in 22 Posts
I think what is important to remember with both, is your dog doesn't learn with either one. Personal training and classes are to teach you how to train your dog. Then the magic happens at home when you are with your dog alone. I have found both to be successful. My issue is I really only get about 60% of the info absorbed to teach to my dog. So on a cost ratio, classes are way better for me. I also generally learn just as much from my classmates and watching what works for them and what doesnt. Although, the nice thing about personal training, is you decide what is being taught each time.

Dora, Dasher, & Belle's Mommy
www.belledoradasher.blogspot.com

Thinking of adding a Neezer, check out this thread!
ama0722 is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
moxie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bloomfield,CT and La Jolla, CA
Posts: 575
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
Here is the hitch: My biggest problem with Moxie is the feet nipping, corralling, sheep herding thing that he does; and I really don't think he will demonstrate that in front of a stranger right away. So if I hire a trainer it will be hard to nail the behavior. Nothing I have tried seems to work for this.
Anybody???

Debra and Moxie
moxie is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 07:27 PM
Henry 2006-2018/ Kordelia
 
gelbergirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: NJ/NYC metro.
Posts: 4,116
Submit Photo: 11
Photo Submissions 24 Times in 24 Posts
I did 3 types of training as Henry was my first dog ever.
Personal in-home, personal out of home, then group at PetSmart.
It was all very helpful.
gelbergirl is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 08:02 PM
My Dogs Mom
 
mellowbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Carlsbad, Ca
Posts: 3,476
Submit Photo: 2
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 11 Posts
Debra, we are doing both right now and I really think I like the group training best.
Carole

Carole
Vinny, Lulu, Gabby and Richie too!


Be yourself, everyone else is taken.
mellowbo is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 08:07 PM
Senior Member
 
irnfit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 8,619
Submit Photo: 3
Photo Submissions 19 Times in 19 Posts
I've never done personal at-home training, only groups. I like the socialization aspect of the groups.


Michele
Kodi & Shelby's Mom and Julian's Grandma
irnfit is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 10:46 PM
Senior Member
 
RikiDaisyDixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 3,018
Submit Photo: 73
Photo Submissions 11 Times in 11 Posts
Lots of lessons

We had a personal trainer come to our house for four visits to work on Riki's barking at bigger dogs on walks when he was a puppy...it turned out most of it was the way I held the leash anticipating fear. He also needed work on separation anxiety and the trainer told me we could keep working on this or I could get another dog...which we did.

Then he had group lessons where he learned obedience and border training, especially good not to bark at other dogs although without the personal lessons, I don't know if it would have worked. I also taught him long sit and stays at home, so he was stellar in group class...probably the best!

I also had private and group lessons with Sue Nelson for trick and agility training. I started Riki young, and Sue was sort of a mentor to me. I learned all things havanese during our training and it was great. We learned conformation, agility, obedience, rally obedience, and some tricks. I wish we had continued with the private lessons because he learned so much from her...and me from her.

We also took group trick lessons and group agility lessons which we still do. Any kind of lesson is good and they learn and learn. Every time he starts acting up...barking...we go back for a refresher. Our trainer, Jackie, has a lifetime of group lessons policy in obedience and tricks once you pay her fee.

Daisy has had obedience lessons in group and agility lessons in group. She doesn't know half of Riki's tricks...much of what I learned from Sue Nelson in our private classes.

I didn't just get havanese, I got a lifestyle!
Linda
Loving Havanese since 2003
RikiDaisyDixie is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 10:51 PM
Senior Member
 
RikiDaisyDixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 3,018
Submit Photo: 73
Photo Submissions 11 Times in 11 Posts
different styles...

By the way Sue used treats and clicker training. Jackie uses direct obedience with treats only for tricks. Riki does listen either way...although Jackie says he needs to come on command without any reward. Which he does.

So I had two trainers with two different styles. And now we have a third trainer Robert for agility in Torrance. I think Riki has learned from three people plus me...and all the kids who work with him. He is a good dog and very smart...so whatever investment I made was worth it.

He still jumps on people at our house when they come over and I have not been very vigilant with that which is my own fault. Other than that, he is a very good dog. You met him so you know.

Riki is also very alpha, very zesty, and very, very friendly...so he needed the lessons. He also likes to please, so he had a job. He still brings me his agility toy to throw around the house for him to race after and catch.

Why didn't I train Daisy as much...Riki was so attached to me, I wanted Daisy to be a little more attached to my daughter. I only did basic obedience with her and some agility. I want Alana to do the training so they have a stronger bond.

I didn't just get havanese, I got a lifestyle!
Linda
Loving Havanese since 2003
RikiDaisyDixie is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome