Join Date: May 2012
Location: Belleville Michigan
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hi and I want to welcome you to the forum! I just dropped out of the "basic" PetSmart puppy training class after completing the first 3 weeks out of 6. I'm not sure why I even signed up for the class but as others have stated, it is very very basic.
I think it is a good idea if you have never owned dogs and you are seeking some very basic puppy training. Our class began with 8 parents/8 pups and ended with me and one other young woman. I've had many dogs in my life and all those who were not retired show dogs entered basic and some advanced training with me.
I remember with one of my first corgis, I had a GREAT trainer in Connecticut. She explained things very well, demonstrated the correct way of doing things several times and worked with us 1:1 'til we got it. At PetSmart, we were placed in a very small room and given a demonstration but then told to "practice now" but "practice more at home." There was so much chaos and confusion, I feel I taught Ernie more on my own.
Additionally, the trainer relied on the lates "clicker" method, which is fine but impractical for group training (think distracted puppies)!! Also, we were discouraged from lots of "socialization" 'cause of the time crunch. I did a 7:00 pm course and there was a class before us and after...no time to fool around.
I'd shop around but if PetSmart is your only option and you know little or nothing about basic commands (sit, stay, down, let go, etc), it is worth a try.