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I've gone to puppy 101 classes 2 times already. I thought these classes would be more in depth and the trainer would have am ore hands on approach when it comes to training or helping the owners train there puppies. I'm just frustrated. I know my puppy is only 3 1/2 months old, but its frustrating. I think the only classes she will take are basic obedience. i know that its up to me to enforce the commands with love, patience and praise. I just wish all this were easier but I know Rome was not built in a day. Any words of encouragement, advice and support will be gladly appreciated on this matter.
 

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I would suggest working with her daily. With everyday things, giving the commands, praising, ect. While it is nice to take your dog to puppy classes most that I'm familiar with are really nothing more then owners walking puppies around doing a little this and that and just getting the pup some exposure. It is not the same as going to a specialized class or working privately with a trainer.
 

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Puppy classes aren't really for the trainer to train your dog. Puppy classes are for your puppies to socialise with other pups in a controlled environment, for you to meet other puppy owners, and for the trainer to teach YOU how to train. If the trainer were training your dog directly, that would mean your dog would only have training sessions once a week! And that's not nearly enough.

Dogs take a long time to learn, and your dog is VERY young. I know it gets really frustrating, but just have patience and try to make it fun.

Train often, for short periods of time. Instead of sitting down with your puppy once a day and trying to train for twenty minutes... do four five-minute sessions throughout the day. Puppies, like babies, have short attention spans. They lose interest fast, and when they lose interest, they stop learning. Even with my adult trained dogs I never stretch training sessions more than 20-25 minutes at a go.

When you try to teach too much too fast, training goes nowhere. The more you can focus on breaking down training into tiny little accomplishments, the less impatient you'll feel AND the faster training will get done. Concentrate on baby steps and small achievements. Take pride in what your puppy can do today that she could not do last week.
 

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What are they covering in these classes? You said "Basic Obedience" and to me that means the following:

Attention training....how to get it..how to keep it
Confidence & Trust....how to start working as a team
Self Control/restraint...part of the attention training but, learning patience/how to wait/delayed rewards
Corrections...when to give them...when not to

And, of course, all the basic obedience stuff...loose leash walking, come, stand, sit, down, stay, etc.

The basic classes also usually cover/touch on common problems...barking, jumping, etc. as well as the above.
 

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I like to have my pups act a little childish until they are ready for obedience class. But working on going out to do there business is important, and should go well at a young age and not have to go to special classes for that. Also the "come" command is good to work on, with rewards.

As far as once a week classes go, to me that is normal, it is up to the owner to work with the dog for the rest of the week to reinforce what was learned in class, not sure what Rose ment?
 

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I think there is a zen to puppy training. You can't expect it to all just come to you, but it shouldn't be a painful, frustrating process, either. It should be fun, challenging, and it should help give you the tools for continued learning.

Of course at times a puppy will drive you to distraction (chewing up and killing my cell phone was pretty traumatic!), but learning the basics behind dogs, their motivations and how to train them to be a great pet and companion is what puppy training (and dog training) is about.

And managing expectations. Dogs have a learning curve and just about every dog follows the same curve. Know what to expect at what age with what amount of training.
 

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be sure to pick your puppy socialization classes carefully. A good deal of them aren't that good.

I never take the puppy classes, I train them myself and take them out and let them watch the adults work in a class setting., ie obedience class, etc.
 

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Two 15 minute sessions a day along with anything during the day is how I do it. Being 100% consistant is where most handlers/owners fail.. and so the dog also fails.

It isn't as much enforcement as it is only asking for as much as you know you can get and gradually asking for more so the dog succeeds most of the time.
 

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Thanks for the advice everyone. i'll do my best on every sessions and try to make it as fun as possible for my dog.
 
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