Join Date: Nov 2006
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Dot- that seems very expensive. Here, even with some of the top trainers it is $60 an hour and they provide a training site. I definetly wouldn't pay this price for puppy socialization classes though. I would use this when you are having a life problem or if you can't get past a competition training issue.
However, iff you are interested in this trainer, you might want to put an ad in on craigslist or put up ads in your area, something find a few other puppy owners, have a class and split the cost if it woud work out better for you. Most trainers like to do this too- in fact a lot of them will have a one or two day a week working session.
I took a private lesson and split the cost with a girlfriend once and this was highly productive because you really can't remember all of it! Also you and your dog can only absorb so much at one time.
Judy- I would put a long line on her. I have to do this every know and then with the maltese to get her to come in straight and to me <she loves everyone and everything in that short space between Mom and her!>. I put the flexi lead on her and put her in a stay while I take the flexi lead out <do not have it pull at this point>, say "Isabelle, Come" and immediately hit the release button when I say that (this is the important part for you to get down as timing is everything). This way the dog has the slight pull to come to you. Praise the dog like crazy when she comes to you. Don't worry about her not being straight or sitting or anything like that at this point. You just want her to think coming to mommy is the best thing in the world. Also make sure you never lose patients and give a correction with come. It is always a positive thing because it can save your dog someday.
Eventually add in longer distances. Then don't release the flexi. Then remove it. You then add in distractions. If you need to go back and put the flexi on, that helps.
I had a heck of a time with my maltese just coming to me-if there was a leaf on the ground, anyone smiled at her, etc. Now she is pretty trust worthy but we still go back and train with the flexi on because I think it builds up muscle memory and I want Belle to remember as soon as Mommy says come, I better move my butt there!