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    Lady completed her training classes last month and the advanced class is due to start next week. The main reason for the classes were to socialise her and get her to follow some commands which she can now do. Is it essential for her to have these extra advanced classes where off lead work is taught or should we continue to teach her commands at home which we would prefer to do as the classes are quite costly another £60.00 for 6 sessions. What do you guys think?
    Natalie, mummy to lady (blen) 8 months old

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    i think if you can afford it then go ......
    Cavaliers are like chocolate the more you see the more you want

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    I would have to agree with Inca

    I put Kosmo in advanced class. He didn't really learn anything but we got to play a LOT of fun games It was great!
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    I put our lab through it and found what they do when relaxed at home and what they do when in a situation they arent expecting differs. We've had the never happen happen - collars off, meeting an aggressive dog, finding a dead animal - you hit those times and it really can make a difference that split second your dogs hesitates because you yell "wait" or "drop it". Plus I have to agree its fun! But I dont think you have to do it immediately - as long as you keep up the training you can take a breather and do it later.

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    I agree that there are lots of things that classes can provide that you don't get at home. But certainly if there is a cost concern, you can take a break and do those classes a bit later. (hopefully, they are available later in your area?) You can still continue to work at home on the things you have learned and maybe even a few tricks to keep things fun.
    Laura (Momma to Riley, 3 yr. old male)

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    ok decided keep training her at home then start the advanced training on the next set of classes in a couple of months.
    Natalie, mummy to lady (blen) 8 months old

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie
    ok decided keep training her at home then start the advanced training on the next set of classes in a couple of months.
    well done, I'm sure you will enjoy learning all the new things together. Perhaps you might even learn enough by the late summer to do a few friendly local fun obedience comps? do you have a team where you train to do this?

    There is nothing like taking a placing after all your very hard work together...you will grin from ear to ear!!! and even if you only take part we all know that we each take the best dog home regardless of winning.

    Alison.

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    i don't know of any obedience comps in our area but it sounds fantastic do you know of any organisations or societies that i could contact?
    Natalie, mummy to lady (blen) 8 months old

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    Natalie,

    Start with asking your trainer when and where the shows are, we give out entry forms at our club as soon as we know about them. Is you trainer a member of the PTDA? (Pet dog training assosiation)

    You can also enquire after a club in your area which competes at obedience at the vets, groomers, pet shops. Many leave their contact details in those sort of public places. You could even put up a few "wanted" adds in the local shops to find a club yourself. Perhaps others at you classes know of somewhere?

    You can always go on your own as well to enter, you don't have to be a club member but it's much more fun together.

    Local papers give details of summer shows and fetes, they nearlly always have a small dog show there. Go along for a look the next time you see one advertised.

    There is bound to be one in your area. Dig deep!

    Alison.

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