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Old 07-01-2009, 11:27 AM   #11
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Yes I've got a number to ring about puppy classes, Charlie had his 2nd vacc yesterday so he can go out in a week. We took our other 2 flatties to dog training classes and both had their bronze and silver good citizens. We didn't attempt gold, we quit while we were ahead lol!!

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I have got a flatcoat and they take a little longer to get the message training wise but once they get it they will never forget which is very handy.

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Old 07-07-2009, 10:46 AM   #13
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Thank you Louise I will! Charlie is my 4th flatcoat, but you do tend to forget what they are like as puppies... We are off to our first puppy training class tonight, to do the Kennel Club puppy foundation course. Everyone wish us luck and I will let you know how we get on. Also today was Charlie's first day out in the big bad world and he was really good. You can't socialise them too much at that age (11 weeks) !!

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Well what a waste of time that was!! Charlie behaved perfectly, it was the class that was the problem. After the one trainer commented on Charlie being a spaniel cross (!!!!) - no disrespect to spaniels or crosses - when he is a flatcoat, the other one proceeded to man (or woman!) handle dogs into doing what was required. One young GSD actually had enough and snapped at the trainer. So needless to say we will not be going back, and need to find a good class. We had a great trainer where we lived before but its too far to go there. Anyone else have any training club horror stories?? This class made me angry!

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Hi Jakemoo69 My Girl Nipper was a absoulute nightmare re the nipping of fingers etc but at least with me I learnt her quickly that this behaviour got her no where and she would forfiet being on my lap and lost out on cuddles!
How ever my m8 took longer to learn her as he wanted to do it his way! Which was oh she's only a pup and she will grown out of it ( Not!!) and he would end up giving her extra chances not to do this. oh well some people eh learn the hard way! So be firm with your pup it's the only way. Good luck
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What a shame - it sounds like you're doing everything right - and the bright side is that Charlie behaved well. The idea of training class horror stories sounds like fun and might be worth its own thread.
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I hope you can find a good trainer near you. We have a really good one and are working towards our bronze award. Going to training has really helped cement a bond between Stanley and I. I didnt like him very much to be honest because all he did was bite me but now I can enjoy a cuddle with him and he is learning that what I say goes!

Stanley has been a really difficult puppy for various reasons and biting was a big problem for us. He would bite feet, ankles, trousers, arms, legs and hands, but it was all due to excitement. We used a water squirter as a deterant which helped. He has eventually grown out of it (he turned one this week) but he still forgets himself sometimes and jumps and bites me, usually when he is excited about a walk even though we dont wind up him about it - he picks up on our signals and soon realises we are off out!
Stick with it, people are right when they say your puppy will grow up into a well behaved dog with the right socalisation and training, it's true. Stanley is getting there slowly but it has been very hard work. It will be worth it in the end.
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Thanks for the encouragement!! Sometimes I look at the bite marks on my hands and numerous items of ripped clothing and wonder if it will all be worth it!! Of course I know it is, Charlie is my 4th flattie pup, you just forget the 'bad' times as they get older and are easier to live with...
On a positive note I have now found another training class, this lady is a member of the APDT and they only use positive and rewarding training methods. We go next Wednesday and I am so looking forward to it.

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Thanks for the encouragement!! Sometimes I look at the bite marks on my hands and numerous items of ripped clothing and wonder if it will all be worth it!! Of course I know it is, Charlie is my 4th flattie pup, you just forget the 'bad' times as they get older and are easier to live with...
On a positive note I have now found another training class, this lady is a member of the APDT and they only use positive and rewarding training methods. We go next Wednesday and I am so looking forward to it.
Sounds good! Good luck for next Wednesday Also do your bit at home too! A bite = no fun and act straight away when it happens.
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Our training class was a success!! A huge hall this time and only 6 puppies. Lots of attention from Angie the trainer and only positive methods used. Charlie behaved brilliantly, except for a spell of manic barking after one of the other pups barked lol!! Really looking forward to getting stuck in with this class as I think it will be good for both of us. He's also not quite so bitey as he was and just to clarify from my other thread, his runny bottom is fine again !!!

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