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We're coming towards the end of our Improver Classes, having already completed Puppy Classes. The next step up is the KCGC Bronze and I can't decide whether to do it or not. Help me decide!

Hudson enjoys going to puppy school and it gives us something different to focus on and enjoy together. He's a really good, well behaved dog. The only problem we have is pulling on the lead when he sees other dogs. Perhaps doing more around other dogs will help.

On the other hand, it's another £80 and what happens if we don't pass it?! It would free up our Saturday's if we don't do it, but I think the above plus points outweigh this hugely.

We're the only puppy in the litter to do this much training and all the others seem to be quite responsive to their owners without it.

However, Hudson is my first puppy and it is my responsibility to make sure he gets a good start in life, which he's had to date, so continuing would provide solid foundations.

Ooh I dunno...
 
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8O £80 for KC classes is rather a lot, it only costs £30 for a 12 week term here 8O

I took Jet to puppy classes, bronze, silver and now we are doing gold. I enjoy the weekly classes as much as he does and I will probably continue to go along even when ( ooooh! that sounds confident doesn't it?) we have passed our gold. I think the wekly class stops me falling into bad habits with my handling.

Is it possible for you to find another class which doesn't cost so much? I would have to think carefully about £80 too :?
 

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Blimey, that's one hell of a price difference! We've built up a good relationship with the trainers now, so it would be a shame to start all over again elsewhere.

Your point about continuing so as not to fall into bad habbits is a good one. I hadn't thought of that.
 

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I like to get all the KCGC awards with my pups, it does them good to go to well run classes and meet other pups/nice dogs. The course you attend seems very expensive, how many weeks does that cover? The hardest thing in the bronze test is the one minute stay so if you have got that sorted you should fly through. There should be no charge for the test itself. Can't make up your mind for you but I think I would have a look around for a more reasonably priced course. Good luck.
 

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I can see your dilemma. I'm a first time owner too and I find classes help boost my confidence and also enjoy meeting other doggy people. I'd recommend looking on the APDT website and see who else is in your area and then check out their prices. £80 does seem expensive to me, but I suppose it depends how many weeks you get for that. I paid £45 for a block of 6 puppy foundation classes. I'm starting bronze in January with a class that doesn't charge in blocks. £10 to join then £3 on the night each week.
 

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Hi Ruth - which class do you go to?

The one I go to (which is probably a bit far for you) charges £3 per week and I think they are going to do the KCGC now...

Should be a laugh with Bramble....you saw how he behaved!!!!!!

I'd definitely say continue going to classes, I really enjoy my dog training...

If we found a class half way perhaps we could both go....and cheer each other up!!!


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Personally, I would persevere with the classes until your pup is about 18 months old. I'm not sure how old Hudson is, but I think that the work you put in in the first 18 months pays dividends for the rest of their life. Pups can be angels until they hit the 6-12 month phase, and then become real horrors until everything settles down again and you end up with 'the complete dog' at about 18 months of age.

So many people attend puppy classes and then stop once their dog has the basics, and then it all goes topsey-turvey once they've taken their eye off the ball. The majority of dogs handed into rescue are aged between 6 and 18 months, and I think that this is partly because its the age when dogs are at their most difficult and trying age.

If you have found a good class with a good trainer, then it's worth it's weight in gold.

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That is a lot but looks like i pay a lot to at £50 for 6 weeks.

I have had puppy before, trained them and never needed to go to a class until i got Poppy from the rescue kennels.

I personally feel that going to class just me and her has made our relationship stronger, plus i have received loads of help in the way i train to best suit Poppy with her being a special case.

When we first started she was just under a year old, i paid the £50 and did the 6 weeks only for her to fail her puppy class. I was so upset, not in Poppy but in me for letting her down and not sorting out what she needed. Having had a long chat with my trainer it was decided that we would join the next puppy class, but would do what we wanted. We ran round, played and joined in with the group to build on her confidence.

I think a lot of it was down to my change in attitude but not only did we re take and pass the puppy foundation was also passed the bronze and now start the silver next saturday.

Personally having trained alone and done classes i would do classes again with any future dog i may own as i feel the benefits outweigh the cost (well in Poppy case it certainly does)
 

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The course covers 6 weeks Duggy. I've had a poke around the Internet and any cheaper ones are on weekdays that I can't attend. I'd be more concerned if it wasn't a good class, but the trainers are great and we've come on leaps and bounds.

Thanks Moj, I'll have a look at that website.

Hi Eve, it's the Pets in Practice one - I think we had a chat about it a while ago. If you find one half way, let me know!

Wise words Becs, I'm beginning to think this too. It does work for us, so the price shouldn't be an issue as the benefits for life are priceless. Hudson's nearly 7 months (tomorrow) so we're at that tricky stage in theory, although I haven't seen any change in his behaviour...yet...

Congrats dizzybint! I think you're right though, training in a different environment with other dogs is great for socialisation. Good luck with the silver!

Right, I think I've made up my mind to continue onto the bronze. We both get so much out of training that it would be daft to give it up now. As for the cost, well I'll smoke less fags or something!
 

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Hi Ruth

Yes thats the one Neo did his Bronze and Silver with... they are nice people there...but its a bit of a trek for us - about 15-20 miles each way...

Weekend courses are very hard to find I remember.... what other courses have you found mid week?


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I can't remember the names of all the training centres, but I was looking specifically in the Basingstoke area, which is much closer for us. I don't mind going up to Burghfield because it's close to where the horses are so we usually do the horses before or after class.
 
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