What is everyone's most successful age to start obedience training classes? Beau gets his 2nd set of shots a week from today and then he will be able to go around other dogs so he could start after that. He is 8 weeks today. He seems really responsive to the little training I do at home so I'm excited to take him to some classes and to learn how to train better as well!
Essentially I want to make sure he isn't too young for classes. Want to set him up for success. Any tips would be appreciated too
As soon as possible + as continuously as possible the next couple years.
Try to find as good a training location as possible. <= Someplace where they put a lot of a stock into bringing out the best in the dog, teaching things right the first time, and making dog training enjoyable and rewarding for both trainer and dog.
As soon as their shots are completed my dogs have gone to puppy kindergarten. It is a good way to socialize them around other dogs (even though I have 3 dogs I do want to expose them to dogs outside their family) and people. It is also a good foundation to the rest of the obedience classes. I try to avoid classes held at the big box pet stores since here they are often "taught" by local high school kids who generally know less about dogs than the dog owners in the class. If you don't know where to take you puppy for classes you can try contacting the GRCA in you area to ask for list of reputable trainers. Start the classes as soon as you can. You won't regret it.
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Sona started at 11 or 12 weeks at a local training club - as soon as allowed. The week before, I went without her so I could sit in on the class and make sure it was the right place for us. She is 2 years old now and we still go every week.