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I have just gotten my first Golden, a 10 month old girl with a great disposition. My next step is to find a good trainer and class for us to attend. I have previously trained German Shepherds and put a CD on one, albeit 18 years ago!

Any suggestions as to people who are good? I am as much interested in someone who runs a good class so we can have some distraction while training as I am in their specific technique. I also recognize the approach to training a Golden will be MUCH different than a GSD.

Thanks for your help.
 

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Well, I found a class suggested by my local Golden club. I have gone once and it is OK in terms of being a place to work around other dogs, but unfortunately, more training of the owners is taking place than that of the dogs. My girl is quite under control and spends the class looking at me and finding stuff to do while the other dogs bark, and jump around and dominate their owners.

I will stick with it until the end, but need to find a competitive class to join. Not because I plan to compete, but more because I need to work with experienced handlers.

Any ideas about trainers who run comp classes on a regular basis?

Thanks!
 

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Not sure how far you want to travel.

In Franklin, MA, there is Master Peace. People travel quite far to go there. They also have some very good seminars with guest instructors.
 

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Congratulations

Congratulations on your Mia, she is just gorgeous!!

Sounds to me like you got the perfect dog for your family and her being great with children is very important!!
 

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I don't have a clue how far you are from Freetown, but that is where Terri Arnold is.
 

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:wavey: Hey!!! Howdy, from Grafton :wavey:

Emma Parsons ( http://www.creativecanine.com/ ) has a training facility in Waltham. She has worked as a training consultant for VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital in Shrewsbury. She has also taught clicker training classes in conjunction with Tufts Veterinary School of Medicine. I got that information from her book "Click to Calm" which was published in 2005 so I don't know if the info is current or not.

Good luck on your search and a belated welcome to the forum!!

Edited to add that Gibson's Kennel, here in Grafton, has classes that you may be interested in and there is a girl there that teaches Rally-O. Not exactly sure what that is but the things that I've read about it make it sound like something interesting to do with your dog.
 

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Just a quick update to report that I connected with Terri Arnold, who is about a half hour from where I work. We began training together with an initial private evaluation and lesson and have more sessions set up for next month. This is going to be fun!
 

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Just a quick update to report that I connected with Terri Arnold, who is about a half hour from where I work. We began training together with an initial private evaluation and lesson and have more sessions set up for next month. This is going to be fun!
Awesome! I really enjoy her books. Happy training!
 

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Just a quick update to report that I connected with Terri Arnold, who is about a half hour from where I work. We began training together with an initial private evaluation and lesson and have more sessions set up for next month. This is going to be fun!
I am so jealous! I keep thinking someday I'll make it up there for one of her camps but it's just so far....
 
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