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Old 02-17-2013, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, hope all is well. Took Humphrey to the vet for the first time, everything is great with him, they did suggest we enroll him in "Puppy kindergarten", they said it will help him with his social skills and just overall improve his demeanor, it's $95.00 dollars for once a week for an hour for six weeks. Anyone have any thoughts on this? is it really worth it, does it work, etc.?

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Humphrey's adorable, what lovely markings! and yeah we say 'go!' so important to get them socialized at a young age. the other experts here know better, it's like you only have till 20 weeks of age or something like them to expose them to everything so they don't become fearful.

really important for your pup to feel comfortable around other pups and other dogs and to learn the "social order" types of things, and what his own boundaries are and what other dogs are.

Worm is my only dog so i got him out there early too. he went to puppy playgroups. well i got him late at 4 months and he was used to being around his 'pack' of 15-16 other pups and moms. so quite a shock for him when i took him home and no other pups around. i think he was a bit sad and missed his buddies. because he was used to being around so many dogs for so long, he came to me very socialized to other dogs and doesn't enjoy people quite as much.

puppy playgroup was fun for him, he loved seeing and playing with the other dogs and running in big circles with them, plus it's relatively safe they are all in with pups their age and all up to date with vaccines, plus it's supervised, plus it's so dang cute to see all the puppies playing with each other!

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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we have had the girls in play groups from time to time. Seems to have benefitted them and they have a blast. Agree that finding the right

place is key. We did a lot of research/on-site visits.

very cute puppy!!!

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Yes it's great we took our border collie and he's fantastic with other dogs,now maggie our basset puppy will be going free here in Scotland we call them puppy party's
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We didn't do puppy kindergarten but just wanted to say that your pup is so cute!! Would say too cute!


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after 20 week of age it effect would be minimial before then it is esential

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Old 02-28-2013, 02:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, Humphrey went to his first puppy kindergarten class and I must say it was very good for him. He had to be there 1/2 hour early with another first time pup, they let them loose and boy did they get after each other. Then the other four dogs came and he was pretty intimidated by the three big dogs, kinda had a look on his face like "these guys are big. The dogs in this class are a Boxer, German Shepherd, large mixed breed, Cockapoo, English Terrier, and Humphrey.

After about a 1/2 hour of just running loose and playing, they had us pickup each others dog so our dogs would get used to seeing their owners with other dogs, I guess it's a jealousy thing.

They asked each owner what some of our concerns were, mine was cleaning his ears, they found a chicken flavored rawhide stick that he really liked. While holding it in one hand and letting Humphrey crew on it, they massaged and played with his ears with the other, they said this will get him use to me handling his ears so he won't mind so much when I clean them.

They also gave a a clicker and said this week we need to use it and get Humphrey used to it, they call it "Charging the clicker". I'm not so sure i like the clicker training.

Can't wait to go back next Tuesday, I think this class will really help Humphrey.

Until next week, see ya.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi tomh5018 - can I ask an unrelated question of you? How did you add Humphrey's photograph to your post? I am at work now, but when I get home I want to post some photo's. Thank you.
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Just wanted to pop in and say welcome and glad he did so well at school! Way to go Humphrey!!! Oh, and did I say how cute he is?

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Clicker training is actually pretty fun and easy - once you get the hang of it! It's amazing how fast the dog can learn a new behavior once you are able to clearly communicate exactly what you want.
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