I am looking for thoughts.....
I recently cancelled my PetSmart training for my puppy and talked to my vet and got a recommendation for a good obedience trainer. They gave me the name of someone in my area that has a realyl good reputation and whom they like: www.canineobedience.com
. We start Saturday. ROcky can go until he's 20 weeks old for $150. They offer a lifetime training program for $500 and that covers training for the life of the dog. I can go to class 4x week, or 1x per month. Its up to me. They say they are a positive trainer, not negative. Although they have the Starmark collars on their website, which is supposedly intended to feel like mama dog picking up the pupper. My vet also said they use a kind of collar that has setting for "tapping" or what feels like "tapping" if the dog requires it. My vet said she put a collar on her arm and the trainer turned it on the highest setting and she could barely feel the tapping. She said they wouldn't use settign 9 (highest), but she wanted to know what her dogs (in the practice) would feel. I think they are two separate collars. THe tapping one and the starmark one. Here's my question...do I have to use them? I don't like those kinds of things. I am not even a swatter of my kids fannies, let alone putting a collar on pupper that could scruff or tap him. And my other question is...is a lifetiem of obedience training for $500 a good thing?
Oh, they also offer agility classes there too which I thought was cool. Eventually I think I would like to put him in them to get his wiggles out.