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Would you rather send your dog to a Obedience trainer or do it yourself and why?

Asked by sccrowell (3508points) April 11th, 2008 from iPhone

I have two dogs, an Italian Greyhound and Dachshund, both are 2yrs and need training BADLY!!! I work 38+ hrs and care for my boyfriend who is terminally I’ll to say nothing of our home.

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El_Cadejo's avatar

Well in your conditions i would go with a trainer, since you dont seem to have the time to do it, even if you wanted to only downside of this is the fact that your going to have to pay money. Not necessarily a bad thing though because at least they will definitely be trained well. Best of luck.

iriemuffin's avatar

The best is to take the classes with your pets, but in your case, you should just hire the trainer.

susanc's avatar

And you should hire someone very kind to take them for walks sometimes so
you don’t have to.
What a fix. Hope things go well for you.

sccrowell's avatar

Thank you! If anyone know ..of a trainer
in the Greater Los Angeles area, please let me know…

syz's avatar

I used to manage a training facility for dogs. We had two options – board the dogs for two weeks to be trained or participate in classes. I can tell you that we would have beautifully trained dogs at the end of two weeks and that 20 minutes after being picked up by their owners, the dogs were as bad as ever. And that was after an hour long training session for the owners.

Taking the course with your dogs mean that you both learn the rules, the expectations, and the vocabulary. Without that shared history, training is going to have limited effectiveness. Training is about 60% for the owners and 40% for the dogs.

I would also mention that there are lots of trainers who will give individual training in your home if you are not able to attend at an outside facility.

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