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I met someone out walking today who sounded really fed up because his 5 month old JR never comes when called. I mentioned that I'm starting training classes in January and wondered if he'd tried that, to which he replied, 'Oh that's all right if you want them to shake a paw and roll over but I'm not interested in tricks.' I was flabbergasted and said that I really didn't think the classes were like that and that I was hoping for help with lead walking, but he wasn't convinced!
 
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All training classes are different, there are some that specifically do trick training but mostly they're obedience classes which train dogs to be obedient... heel work, recall, sits, downs, stay/wait and other general manners. Aswell as socialising your dog in a controlled environment and teaching them to pay attention to you and not the other distractions going on. Some classes/trainers are better than others though.

It's a shame he thought they were all just for tricks :( sounds like he could really do with some help and alot of classes are run by a behaviourist who can help with alot of other issues too. Its definatley worth finding a good trainer who is qualified :D
 

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He sounds like the sort of person who expects a dog to train itself anyway just by attending a class - the sort who just turn up each week and do nothing in between but still expect to see results.

A good trainer will take time to deal with any particular problems you have as an individual as well as doing group stuff.
 
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