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How much does a basic obedience class cost?

And what is the minimal age to start training? Petco has classes. Any experience there?
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In Seattle, 6 weeks (one hour per week) cost $150 - $165. It doesn't get much cheaper or more expensive than that. Classes outside of the city are a bit cheaper. I know Petco is cheaper but I've been in the store shopping during a puppy class and from what I have seen and overheard, I am so glad I did not take classes there. But that is just one location.

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Our local kennel club, here in Ga., offers classes for $80 for 6 weeks. I think petco is comparable in price but I prefer the kennel club.
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wow you guys are lucky ours are 350 but it includes a life time if we ever want to bring her back, so I guess that is good.

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I thought everything was super expensive in Alaska, I was wrong. 6 weeks of classes $90 at 2 different places with good trainers. I have no idea what Petco charges up here. Those are all levels of classes.

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Nothing wrong with $350 if you get what you pay for... I went to a $60 for 6 session "indoctrination" and it was clear it would have been a waste of 6 evenings.
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Max and I have taken obedience classes from a local trainer and also at Petco. The local charges $100 for 8 weeks. The advanced class is also $100, but the class may be repeated as many times as you like. We took an advanced class at Petco. It was around $115 for 6 weeks, and we can repeat it if we like.

Overall, I think the local trainers were a little better. Petco was okay. They appear to follow a pre-determined curriculum manual. One thing that was nice about the Petco class was that it was limited to 6 dogs.
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I agree with Millions of Peaches, obedience classes in this area start at $150 and go up to $400. I tried a popular but less expensive obedience class and I was very disappointed. There were 5-6 class running at the same time in the same dome building. Chloe was too distracted and excited about the other dogs to listen to me and I left every class frustrated and upset. I took my parent lab to training for them and decided to go to McCanns (the $400 one) which is vet recommended and has a great reputation and it was such a HUGE difference. I wish I would have done the same thing.
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My local dog training club costs $100 for either 6 or 7 weeks.

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We are using a trainer who limits her classes to 8- 6 weeks at $105.

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