Basset Hounds Forum banner

1 - 19 of 19 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I was wondering if anyone here has ever done the puppy classes at Petsmart? I can't find anything specific on the classes or reviews. I have some other choices here. Our humane society has puppy classes as well. Petsmart is closest though so am hoping someone has had a good experience there.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12,957 Posts
I would tend toward the humane society however each should allow you to observe a class if they are unwilling run not walk away. Comparing classess form one petsmart to another is rather useless because the do not have their own independant training of trainers so quality of callses between locations varries a great deal.


what to look for in a puppy class from the founder of puppy training classes Ian Dunbar
puppy training
text book
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,338 Posts
I actually took Molly to Petsmart puppy class. She started at 10 weeks old (minimum age, I believe) and to be honest, we struggled to get through it. She has such a stubbornness about her and she lagged behind the other dogs (a Cocker Spaniel and a Labradoodle). They teach basic commands: sit, lay down, come, stay, loose leash walking. I could get Molly to follow the commands at home, but it didn't translate in class. I think the distraction was too much for her, but Molly is an easily distracted dog. Because she was slow to learn, her trainer kind of gave up on her halfway through the course. She (the trainer) was more hands on with the other dogs and would make comments to the effect that Molly was not learning, cooperating, etc. She was much less attentive to Molly and never really offered much in the way of help in solving problems. Honestly, I don't think she had much experience with bassets and was less than patient with her. I'm sure many would agree that it takes patience, patience, patience to teach a basset.

Maybe check if you can observe a class and see if it's something that might work for you and your dog. I may have just had a bad experience and much of this may be due to Molly's personality. So, take my experience for what it's worth. I know the others in my class had more success than I did.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12,957 Posts
They teach basic commands: sit, lay down, come, stay, loose leash walking
hence the problem a puppy kindergarten should be off leash it is not the proper venue to start teaching loss leash walking. After a complete session of puppy classes then perhaps. classes that are overly focused on obedience and manners and light on socialization dog dog v dog comunication skill are depriving the dog the most imporant aspect of such classes. Puppy kindergarten should be off leash an mixture of obedience training an play that basical occur simultaniously

The way puppy training classes should be run
available as on demand from amazon as well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,338 Posts
Puppy kindergarten should be off leash an mixture of obedience training an play that basical occur simultaniously
I 100% agree with that! They did some off leash training, but it was way too heavy on loose leash walking. There was no play involved and socialization was not emphasized. Molly learned to walk correctly on her leash from practice - going for walks, with me teaching her (and using the Sporn harness). Again, go spy on a class at Petsmart and see how they run things.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
I also took Elvis to the 8 weeks at petsmart.

You learn the basics, and like Molly Elvis was very distracted in the store setting.

But the one thing that made it worth spending the time was the socialization with all the other dogs, he loved it. and even now he's great with other dogs, he plays with our daughters pitbull and then plays with my sister in law's dachhound.

Unfortunately, Elvis needs obedience training, but not due to Petsmart. Petsmart was fun.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Thank you for the responses everyone. It sounds like the Humane Society class may be a better choice. From what I know it is mostly off-leash playing and they do one command a week. I am mostly concerned with getting her around other dogs. We had a dog growing up that hated other dogs and it was tough!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,240 Posts
It will definitely help if, when you take Millie to puppy classes, you remain as calm as you'd like her to be. These crazy cute hounds have a knack for picking up on their human's emotions and echoing them. So if she knows that you are cool, calm, and confident, she will be more likely to exhibit those qualities also. (IMO)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
160 Posts
Look into clicker training. Starting that with my dog was the best decision I ever made! Puppies can learn a ton just from socializing with other puppies/dogs.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,378 Posts
classes

If possible, find an obedience training club near you, and go with that. Most clubs offer puppy classes, and you are likely to get people with years and years of dog training experience. I think the advice to observe a class first is good advice for *any* training venue. So, if you do find a club, do ask if you can observe a class, and see if it looks good for you. Good luck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
437 Posts
I actually met with the trainer before classes at Petsmart and found her very knowledgable with Bassets...(she has 2 of her own). That being said we are signing up for private lessons with her..although a bit more expensive the one on one time is welll worth the little extra cost..Like was stated before, I am sure it varies from each local and trainer to trainer as it does anywhere you go...check into first....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
973 Posts
If possible, find an obedience training club near you, and go with that. Most clubs offer puppy classes, and you are likely to get people with years and years of dog training experience. I think the advice to observe a class first is good advice for *any* training venue. So, if you do find a club, do ask if you can observe a class, and see if it looks good for you. Good luck!
I would agree with this.

Look for classes that have small groups. My last obedience class with Anabelle was only 6 dogs so it was very personal. We are still friends with her trainer. Instructors can't really put in any personalized instruction in the larger classes.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
5,042 Posts
i'm new to my people.
but i am a little older.
can I still go even though I'm a year and a half old?
Absolutely! Dogs can be trained at any age.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
973 Posts
Around here at least "puppy kindergarten" is for puppies and "obedience class" is for puppies that have graduated puppy school or adult dogs. Anabelle went when we adopted her at 8 years old or so. I recommend anyone going if they think they would benefit from it regardless of the dog's age.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,557 Posts
well that's cool because i want so bad to be good for my new mommy and daddy
i'm just newly displaced and a little confused as to what they want

i'm training them well tho. only two weeks in and I'm already sleepin in their bed.
matter of fact, it was time for them to go to that werk thingie where they dress different and get up early and I came back inside from doing my "thing" and i headed straight back to their bed. they made me go into my crate instead. the NERVE
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,319 Posts
Frodo is taking classes at Petsmart. Our trainer has been good... but Frodo sounds a bit like Molly... he gets so distracted and stressed he won't follow commands there at all. Our trainer thinks it might have something to do with the cleaning agent they use on the floor being the same as at the vets office. We have been able to translate the commands for at home and his manners are much improved... He sits well... and downs reluctantly... but won't shake at all... his stays are shaky but about 15 seconds... he's quite content to stay and then won't come here at all...I am thinking of going this summer through our local dog association to get a bit more socialized and consistent in behavior though.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,338 Posts
I think the most useful command I got out of training was "leave it." An important one, but sometimes the nose gets the best of her and she doesn't hear me. Molly didn't get the "down" command until about the 5th or 6th class. She knew "stay" long before we went over it in class. That was more out of necessity, as our yard isn't fenced and I didn't want her bolting out the door off-leash. I found that she learned better at home where I was more patient and there weren't as many distractions. There are definitely merits to the Petsmart training, but we weren't as successful as we could have been.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
878 Posts
I have met a guy who is starting dog training classes in a few weeks... outside on a grassy area (on private land) as he doesn't think it's natural to train them inside a hall on a wooden floor! I think my two are past training... although he said he could train them better than I have... (I haven't really trained them - only to sit while I am putting their dishes of food down for them)!
 
1 - 19 of 19 Posts
Top