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I have to say that my only major concern about boarding and training without actively being involved beyond what others have advised comes down to not being able to see what type of training they use. While its easy for someone to say they use postive reinforcement they can use any type of negative methods when others are not around. I'm certainly not saying there are not good and solid board/traing programs out there but I've heard of SOOOOO many that use punishment or negative feedback in their training. Both are things I would certainly not advise for training a dog let alone one as sensitive as a golden. As long as you feel comfortable and have a great deal of trust in the program you are looking at, then maybe it will work for you considering all things involved. I would personally make one or two "surprise" visits to see how things are coming along and look for any red flags during that period of time such as whincing or shying away from quick movements of your hand when reaching out to pet or play..etc. I wish you luck and hope you let us know how things go as your pup grows up(with pics of course ;) )
 

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I don't think Marlene meant it to be mean.... those of us without kids have a bad habit of never considering them. I know I've been guilty of it more than once.

If your children are school age, many training facilities do offer daytime classes. It might be worth looking into. If they are still at home with you all day, then I definitely recommend private sessions at home. Find someone you trust, check credentials and references, and give it a try. It sounds to me like you're willing and able to put in the work between sessions that will be required. And, of course, as happened with another poster (sorry I can't remember who it was) you could always revisit this option if more conservative ones fail. But I believe that with the right trainer and your best effort that you and your pup will be successful, and improve your bond in the process. Good luck!

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You might also consider looking for a class that welcomes children and encourages them to participate. I love having kids in my Puppy class. Not only to help them learn how to work with and properly care for their puppy, but also to socialize other puppies with kids. I have grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, etc, in class who although they might not have children living in the house do have them visit, and if their dog is not accustomed to children may not be comfortable or behave appropriately with them. I've had children as young as two coming to class.
 

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Ljilly28 ~ That's funny that you know Judy. When you said "Are you actually sending your dog to live at her house?" Did you mean that in a bad way? What was you impression of her?
Thanks for the recomendation, I will definatly check them out!
No, Judy seems great. She taught horseback riding lessons to my niece at Cavallo Rossi stables, and she is good with her own dogs- just fostered a mom& whole litter of newborns for a local rescue. Very kindhearted. She was my classmate this pasy six weeks in an obedience class, and our instructor was Shannan Hall . I think it seems worth trying some ion-home training before sending out your dog, though. What I love about Liz Langham is that she's highly organized, has a huge bag of practical postitive tricks, and will give you written lesson plans/homework sheets to address the root of each issue you face. I think it's worth trying three private lessons with her, and then you can always try the boarding.

What are the top three specific issues you are wanting to address with Baxter? If they're not aggression issues, I'd be happy to just help you.
 

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Ok, here are his top two, most annoying, bad habits.

1. Jumping up on people when he is excited. This is especially bad outside. We have a long driveway so if he is outside and someone comes over he takes off down the driveway straight for this person and jumps all over them. If it is a child he will try to steal their hat and bites their clothing. At this point If my kids are outside playing I can't let him out because he is so crazy out there. Now that spring is coming and the kids will be outside playing more this is going to become more of a problem.
When we are inside and someone comes in it takes him a good 20 minutes to settle down. I usually have some treats in my hand and try to get him to sit with me and I slowly feed him the goodies, but when they run out he is right back to being obnoxious.

2. He uses his teeth on our hands. Not in an agressive mean way but more like when we are playing with him. When he does this we just get up and walk away or ignore him but he is still very mouthy and will use his teeth on our hands all the time.

Besides these two things Baxter is really a great dog. He is truly a member of our family and we love him.

~Aileen
 
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