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    Default Training class!

    Yesterday we started Toby's first training class but we were very disappointed
    with it. It was with Petco, we mainly used it because it was cheaper for 2
    phases than petsmart. Well you get what you pay for! We didn't like it. There
    was no other dogs in the class and the training room was a MESS! There was a
    thumb tac on the floor there was dog hair from the grooming section on the floor
    that he wanted to eat, there was boxes of toys and things everywhere. Not good
    for a puppy! The trainer was nice but we felt she didn't have a plan. For 1 hr
    we just did the name game. We felt we could have done more. It just wasn't for
    us.
    So today we got our money back and went to Petsmart. Come to find out there was
    a puppy class just starting in 1hr. We asked questions and felt it would be a
    better fit for us. There was a German Shepherd and a Bichon Frise in the class
    with us. The trainer was great! He was patient and informing. He was straight
    forward and did a lot more training in the time we had. It was supposed to be a
    1hr session but he took it to 1 1/2 hrs so each dog "got" the training and he
    could watch and evaluate. He wanted to make sure he got all of the points done
    for this weeks homework. It was very informative.
    The German Shepherd was only 8 weeks and not interested in training he just
    wanted to sleep. So the trainer will be doing private lessons with it to catch
    it up to the others. He asked to have them bring the dog in hungry and not
    sleepy next time.
    The bichon frise was good but antsy. She did well with training for a time but
    wanted to play mostly. She did do what was asked but not fast. I think next week
    she will do much better.
    Toby was on the mark today! He did so well. Today was about eye contact, sits
    and the name game. He seems to always have eye contact and was so ready to
    learn. He sat when told)and not when told) and looked at us and the trainer each
    time. The trainer used him as a example lots of times and Toby was great for him
    each time. We were so proud!
    Toby does know a lot of this stuff already as I have been reading a lot and
    trying each thing. He does sit, stay, come, down, rollover, shake and up. We
    just really need to work on consistency and other things like leash training. I
    can't wait until we get to these areas but we are still learning lots right now.
    He was still ready to learn when the other 2 were ready to leave or play. The
    trainer used him to teach the rest at the end because he was still at attention.
    He did so well!
    I can't wait for next week. This is such a better class than the other one.
    Better trainer, better training environment and just a better class overall.
    Well worth the little extra money!
    At the end of the class we were able to take the dogs off the leash. The Bichon
    was so antsy and ready to play but Toby is shy so having a dog come at him like
    it did was not what he wanted. The Bichon climbed on him and chased him down.
    Toby had his tail between his legs and wanted to get away. The trainer ask the
    parents of the Bichon to put it on a leash and calm her down for a bit. Then
    once she was calm he had Toby come to her. He did SO much better this way. He
    actually got into a playing stance(butt up and face down) and actually barked at
    her. He was willing to come up to her and want to check her out. This was so
    good. He said this is what play should be, not one dog attacking the other while
    the other wants to retreat. He said calm is good but over active is not. So calm
    play from now on between these 2.
    The German Shepherd was a good match for Toby as it was shy too so the both
    were calm and just sniffing each other and just "being" with each other. It was
    good.
    Now to keep up with the homework because we will be evaluated next week. Lots
    of work this week!

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    Good for you!! And great job on knowing when to switch trainers...a good trainer you can lean on is an invaluable tool to have. I don't know where I would be without ours, we have been to all her classes and I even have her on speed dial and she answers on the drip of a hat with any "glitches" I run into with Brooklyn.

    It sounds like Toby will do wonderfully!!

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    Awww, how sweet. It really sounds like Toby did well. It's amazing the difference from one trainer to the next. And a shame that Petco was so unorganized and dirty. I blame that on the manager.
    Cindy and Claire
    Claire was born on Feb7, 2010

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    Thank you We knew we wouldn't get the best experience for all of us at Petco so it was the best choice to back out. I hope we do this breed proud with Toby.
    Becky

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    Well Becky, it certainly sounds like you have the makings of a little star there

    Go Toby !

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    Thank you Diana I think Alfie will be the star of his class when he starts. Don't worry about Alfie being antsy, maybe everyone will be the same as he is. I can't wait to hear how Alfie class went.
    Becky

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