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Hi all,
My guy is now 14 months, and we successfully made it through puppyhood! Jumping, shark teeth and (for the most part) misbehavior is a thing of the past.
I am writing this to implore everyone who gets a new dog (whether puppy or adult rescue) to TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN! Yes, it is a pain going to so many classes, but there are several reasons:
1. Behavior - Your dog will not magically be a well behaved dog. Even if your dog is naturally a good dog, behavior can always be fine tuned. Just do it!
2. Bonding - the bonding you and your dog will develop, no matter if obedience class, nose work or agility, will improve your dog and his/her listening skills.
3. Behavior - Yep, saying it again as you cannot underestimate the results of behavior classes. And, these classes are not really for the dog....They are for the handler/family. Get on the same page, use the same words.
Our Finley was a VERY strong willed puppy, and every class we have taken (14 in all so far!) have helped tremendously. Now we take them for fun (i.e. Nosework, teamwork, agility), but seeing friends dogs over the recent holiday (and hearing them complain about the manners of their dogs) made me want to reach out and shout TAKE A CLASS!
Every minute you put in to your dog in the first 6-12 months pays off tenfold later on!
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Beautiful dog!!!
Thank you so much for your post. Not sure why people think a well behaved dog just "happens". This was very well said and appreciate your post. Enjoy your wonderful boy and the training... pups are so much fun when you enjoy it together.
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My favorite question from people who just don't get it. "How often do you train him?" Answer; "Always."
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A trainer we worked with blamed this on the media. He said too many people see instantly behaved pups on tv and in the movies so everyone thinks it's plug and play. Of course we all know better. Amber has had 7 sets of classes so far.
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your puppies beautiful
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Yup. Stella just turned 1 year and this is the first time since she came home at 8 weeks that we arenít doing a class. But we work on Rally daily at home. We have our first two intermediate trials on Sunday. But everyone is shocked at how well behaved she is- just say lots of training. I actually had a therapy dog .org director tell me when she was 8.5 months that sheíd pass her right there...if she was a year. Made me happy that all the time Iíd spent up until that point was recognized by someone not in training classes w/ us.
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Obedience is the foundation for everything! I love showing in obedience. If you are detail oriented itís the sport for you!

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Couldn't agree more! The biggest benefit of getting a puppy is being able to acclimate and train them from the start. Whatever you want them to do or not do as an adult dog can be reinforced when they're little, from grooming, ear cleaning, and nail clipping, to bite inhibition, no jumping on people, and a consistent recall and leave it.

I rescued an 8-month-old golden who acted more like an 8-week-old puppy. He was a full-grown out-of-control mess when I first got him. He wanted to please me, he just didn't have a clue how to do that, which made him bounce off the walls. He turned out to be a wonderful friend and companion, but it required a lot of work on both our parts and ongoing reinforcement.
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Beautiful dog and great advice!
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