Originally Posted by Momofmany
I went thru formal training with the first 2 dogs that we owned many years ago. We eventually had 5 dogs at one time so had to learn how to control our pack. They've all crossed and we now have 3 dogs and we've trained them ourselves, with a little advice from Jan Fennell's books. Ours are very well behaved. When a repair man came to our home this morning, I told the 3 to sit and stay. When they sat in unison, the repairman looked at me rather shocked and asked me if I could train his dogs.
Find a trainer who focuses on teaching you, as you are the one that sets the limitations for your dog. A dog is only as good as their owner's expectations of them. Once you understand what you need to do, training dogs from that point forward is easy.
I have no idea what training costs these days.
I cant really just go take a class at petsmart or get a trainer for myself right now as I dont have a dog...
The thing is I will be teaching myself completely. I have joined a lot of different forums and sites for info though, including Assoc. of Pet Dog Trainers but I am waiting to get approved on there.
There are very very few trainers in our area. 2 focus on aggression in dogs and training guard and police dogs which I dont want to get into. 1 I do not agree with his methods or with his business and the other has not contacted me back yet...
I have read a lot of books and I'm ordering a bunch more from amazon tonight. Also a bunch of dvds.
I work with a large group of dogs every day and I am one of the few that have complete control over the dogs and I have worked with a lot of dogs while they are at camp to control some problems and the owners have said they were so much better when they started working with them back home. I think once I feel a little more comfortable I will ask a few owners at work or some friends if I can work with their dogs for a night or 2 just to see how it goes and hopefully start doing some group classes by time summer gets here.