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Old 03-20-2017, 03:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone - I joined this forum because I read it often and now that our puppy is coming home soon, I want to be able to ask for advice. Our standard poodle puppy will come to us next month at 12 weeks old. Our breeder is awesome, the litter of 10 is amazing, and we are very excited to meet our new addition. Actually, we have met all 10 pups but are not sure which one the breeder will match with us, yet.

I'm reading up on training because I want to be prepared with a plan from the start.
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Welcome and congratulations on your new addition. Exciting times! I think you'll find this forum ever so helpful.
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Welcome Christina - lucky lady. Spoo are simply the best. You can search back on plenty of posts about what you need to get your home prepared for your new addition. You have to send us pictures.....
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Good for you to be planning ahead on training! I will say retrospectively that the most important thing I did with Javelin that was different from Lily (and Peeves) was to play lots of games that increased his attraction to looking at and for me when he was very small. I would take him out in the yard and play a little with a toy directly to get him excited to be with me and then I would get up and trot away from him. He invariably followed with gusto and that attraction to being with me is his rock solid foundation for everything I've done since then with him.

Congratulations on your pup. I think spoos are just the best.
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Hi and welcome. How exciting - waiting for your new puppy. We're all looking forward to seeing photos of the new baby.

Have you lined up a puppy obedience class to take where your dog will have an opportunity for socialization and you will learn the basics? I made the mistake of going to a place that was closest to me and comes up first on all the search engines. She was a miserable trainer - but I was in a rush because my dog came more quickly than we anticipated and she was older so I wanted to start training immediately. After I finished that class I went on for more training and have found wonderful places to train. Ask around and check ratings such as yelp. Ask if you can come to audit a class even if for a short time. One person I know who signed up for a puppy class found she was the only one in the class - great if you want that personal one-on-one attention but not good if you needed puppy socialization with other puppies. In my case that first awful trainer made the pitch to me that she only has 6 dogs in a class - I arrived to find 12.
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Whatever you do, don't do petsmart or Petco. It didn't do very much. I enjoyed those training clubs but there might be a waiting list. Those people really know what they are doing because they go to competitions, are huge animal lovers, and have worked with numerous dogs.


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Whatever you do, don't do petsmart or Petco. It didn't do very much. I enjoyed those training clubs but there might be a waiting list. Those people really know what they are doing because they go to competitions, are huge animal overs, and have worked with numerous dogs.


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Yes, if you can get into a training club that is ideal. I train in two - one for obedience and one for agility - these are competition classes and the trainers are superb but they also have puppy classes with the same quality trainers. If I had to start all over again - these are the places I would go.
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Welcome and congratulations in advance of your Spoo puppy. I also joined the forum before I got Buck and was glad to have the time to get prepared. You can search past threads for what you will need.
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I would love it if everyone joined a training club like mine. Those of us who teach there all have titles on dogs and generally go to lots of seminars and do other kinds of trainings. But, I will disagree about PetSmart and Petco. The first two classes we took with Lily and Peeves were at PetSmart and we got a lot out of them. As with any training class or facility it is worth it to watch a class or two before you commit to make sure it will be good. Also be prepared to do your homework. One good thing about classes in stores is that they offer lots of distractions. I didn't take a pet store class with Javelin but I did lots of his training to get ready for his CGC in my local chain stores.
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We've taken Happy to a beginner's petsmart class and did a private lesson to stop his yapping. The class was very basic and he knew most of it prior to the class and the instructor cancelled two weeks in a row. I think it totally depends on who your instructor ends up being. It might be an okay tool for socialization but for the beginners class, they didn't really let the dogs interact with each other maybe it is different for puppy classes. I did order this book recently and it contains a lot of fun unique activities you can do with your pup


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