Question by Lollipop: dog obedience training, any ideas how much it is?
i'm looking into having my dog trained in obedience. he's an extremely intelligent border collie, 2 years old, but he's like a stroppy teenager, if i tell him off for stealing a baby toy that he knows he's not allowed to have then he'll throw himself to the floor like he's going to sleep!! he also has days where he decides he's not in the mood to listen to me so will do something naughty, if i tell him no, (i almost never shout at him and never smack him) he'll do it again as soon as my back is turned.
so you can probably tell, he doesn't need all the training like sit, stay, come here and all that, just needs to learn off-limits areas and off-limits things. i'd like to think one day i can come home and find he hasn't ‘pinched' anything.
so does anyone have any experience in having a dog trained? stories? and how much is it roughly?
ps, i did check with other collie owners, he's getting enough exercise
Answer by bonstermonster20
Go to barns and noble or books a million and purchase the book dog training for dummies. You will learn a lot and save money by training the dog yourself.
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We have just done the good citizen puppy (part of the kennel club) class and now moving onto bronze. The first cost 80quid for 10 lessons and the second is 60 for 10 lessons. I taught my dog all the sits downs and stays etc before we went to the classes (but he is going to be a big dog so i am hoping to learn full control). Check the kennel club website and call them. They will give you a list of the classes in your area. It is worth it i think, although my pup (now 7 months) seems to be going through this teenage mood thing… not listening etc. Hopefully the training will help! Good luck x
I would take him yourself, obedience class is really to teach the people how to teach the dog, with bonus socialization thrown in…..At our obedience club, it is about $ 70 US for a 6 to 8 week session, one night a week. Border collies are extremely intelligent, but need a “job”, you might want to consider rally or agility or fly ball with him as well. If you are really against the class idea, I agree with the earlier poster who recommended Dog Training for Dummies.
Remember that trying to punish a dog by scolding is a very ineffective way of managing things. Obedience and training in general is as much for the owner as it is for the dog – and as with most things in life, you get out of it what you put in.
Here are some links:
Positive solutions to common issues
Finding a positive trainer is the best solution – a series of, say, 10 group lessons can run anywhere from $ 100 to $ 250, depending on the instructor and class size.
Here’s a really fun way to teach ‘leave it’:
Louise’s suggestion, to watch a class first, is excellent. Be sure that the class is all positive and the instructor is a great communicator. Good luck!
most places run a dog club where you can take your dog along for obedience and training i take my pups to our local dog club that does training ring craft skills and obedience, it only cost 3 pounds and the dogs get the benefit of being socialised and enjoy playing with other dogs and i get to meet some great people who love their dogs as much as me. as for your dog pinching things i have a dog who is six and will still pinch things off the side it is just the way she is, when i go out i make sure there is nothing left on the side that she can reach and if she takes something when i am there if she takes something i take it off her and tell her shes a bad dog in a stern voice, sometimes it is just their character, check out your local paper to see if there is a ring craft or training facility in your area, good luck with your dog.
We found an instructor through here. http://www.nadoi.org Since he knows the basic commands, you might want to contact a local instructor on the list and see if they have any suggestions for you.
My only advice is to keep his toys in a special spot (we have a basket) and keep the baby toys out of his reach when you’re not around. You might also try telling him leave it if you see him going after a baby’s toy and then make a huge fuss over him when he plays with his own toys. So baby toys are boring and can’t be played with, his toys are tons of fun and get lots of play. My corgi I’m sure would rather play with the baby’s toy, but we don’t let him and keep them out of his reach.
Go with Chris J.
Also look in your local paper, local pet food shop for ads.
If you look into village or church halls they may have classes that are not advertised else where as they are attended by peolpe who have found out by word of mouth as I have found out .
The local WI hall near me holds them only found out when walking mine & heard dogs barking.
Join a local obedience club for training. Our club is very reasonable.
My advice is pretty much the same as Chris J – expect to pay an average of £5 a lesson and expect to pay upfront for a course. Your vets should know of some trainers in your area.
One other word of advice; I would personally visit a few trainers and see them in action. One person can think a trainer is great and get results, another person can think the same trainer is rubbish! It is all a question of finding a trainer who you like and are comfortable with.
The cost for obedience training is wide spread, your local humane society is probably the cheapest with just the basic commands taught. Then the pet stores that will go into the higher end of training then you have the private trainer who are usually a little more expensive but you get more one on one time. I would start doing research in your area, go and watch a few classes and talk to the trainers. Pick up a price list from them when you are there. Also look for a trainer that uses positive reinforcement methods.
firstly contact your local vets, they usually have the numbers of local trainers, they really dont cost much our trainers are 50 pound which must be paid at enrolement, this is for a course of ten lessons, the reason they ask for all the money upfront is to ensure you turn up, some clubs train for specialist things ( flyball etc and may be a little more) good luck
The obedience program I am en-rolling my puppy in is about 200$ . It definately depends on your area, though. I would skip going to Petco or Petsmart, though. Find a trainer that has control of the class, and knows what they’re doing. While obedience training can be expensive, usually it’s for longer than just acouple of weeks, so you get your money’s worth anyways. Good luck!
Obedience training isn’t that expensive if you go to a local class.
If you are thinking of having someone else training your dog – forget it, take him to training yourself & you will learn how to do it yourself.
Would you really trust someone else training your dog if you weren’t there? How would you know if they were using kind methods or not?
This is a link to trainers UK wide – ring up a few to find out the cost: