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Old Jul 8, 2014, 07:57 PM
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Have any of you taken training classes? Our 14 month old pup Theo does not know how to socialize with or behave around other dogs: once he sees another dog, he goes crazy --nonstop barking, jumping, and running around in circles. And when the dog passes, he pulls forward as if he is chasing the dog, and so much so that he starts to gag and pant heavily. We have a harness and have used a collar before but he doesn't get that pulling hurts. Just today, he is bleeding in between his paw pads and we don't know if this is related to his out-of-control behavior outdoors. How should we fix this?
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Old Jul 8, 2014, 10:17 PM
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I think you already know the answer to your own question.Absolutely get him into an obedience class.Training should start the minute you bring a dog into your home at least in my home it does.
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Old Jul 8, 2014, 10:22 PM
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Answer: YES

Rationale: Socialization around dogs, people, team building between dog & owner(s), mental maturation, self control, confidence for dog & owner both.

It's not so much about sit, down, stay, come, and heel as it is about everything above.

SO! SO! Worth it.

Choose a good school with trainers who know their stuff. Not nec. Petsmart/Petco, but a real dog school with a variety of classes.
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Old Jul 8, 2014, 10:29 PM
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Training will make a world of difference. We have a 7 year old American Eskimo who had leash aggression issues. We started working with a trainer and although it has not gone completely away he is a different dog now. Much easier to get along with. He mostly listens.


Our new puppy (once we actually get her) will be working with the trainer once she is old enough.

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Old Jul 8, 2014, 11:54 PM
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I can tell you amongst trainers at our club the most important part of classes is training the owners how to communicate with their dogs. Trainers don't fix your problem but will give you the tools to fix problems yourself. I think second to this is the environment you train in. Dogs learning to focus and interact with their owners in a higher energy situation, lots of other dogs around, lots of interesting things happening, lots of smells and distractions. I personally think everyone should attend classes, but in particular new dog owners.

So I think for all those reasons you really should go to classes. It isn't going to solve your problem, but it will teach you how to manage it.
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 11:28 AM
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Answer: YES

Rationale: Socialization around dogs, people, team building between dog & owner(s), mental maturation, self control, confidence for dog & owner both.

It's not so much about sit, down, stay, come, and heel as it is about everything above.

SO! SO! Worth it.

Choose a good school with trainers who know their stuff. Not nec. Petsmart/Petco, but a real dog school with a variety of classes.
Do you have recommendations for good schools/trainers? Thanks
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