April 16th, 2005, 12:04 PM
can anyone reccomend me a trainer or more specifically a obedience class for sam??
this will be my first time doing an obedience class with a dog and I really have no idea what im lookign for with a good one
April 16th, 2005, 12:19 PM
A good idea is to ask to sit in on some classes before signing up. This way, you can see just how the training is done and if you like what you see, you can sign up when the next session begins.
You don't want to see trainers using any harsh methods on dogs (jerking, "hanging", using any physical punishment of any kind etc)
April 18th, 2005, 10:47 AM
Lindsay at Petsmart in St. Kitts, if your dog doesn't have special obedience issues.
I have called and talked to every training school in Niagara. 3/4 were sketchy- wanting to examine the faciliteis and being told no, the grooming room was the training room and therefore there was 'nothing' to go look at, Using correction methods only, and telling me positive training tools (treats, praise, clickers) were all wrong...
There are a few other places I could recommend if you drop me a pm, but I've had personal experience with Lindsay, and she lives for animals, and is an awesome trainer.
April 18th, 2005, 01:59 PM
if you are willing to travel a little far, there is an excellent one in Burlington. We go there all the way from Brampton, takes about 45 min to drive, but worth it. Only about 7-8 people per class, and there are always 5-6 trainers on hand to help out. You get hand outs as well with everything lined out after each class. Very good trainers too!
April 19th, 2005, 02:12 PM
If you check out: http://www.niagarapetnetwork.com/trainers.htm there is a directory listing of traniners in the Niagara region.
I have personally met two of the Trainers, Sue of Niagara Pet Care Services and Anatole of Cannon's Canines.
Sue is also a behaviourist, so she approaches the situation more from an 'emotional' aspect. She takes into consideration an animal's medical history, background, environmental situation etc, and from there make an emotional diagnosis and form an appropriate treatment plan.
Anatole works out of Dog Days Day Care, His methods are right in the middle of the dog-training spectrum, and he uses a balance of both positive & negative reinforcement, and “training through drive”. Dogs repeat what they are successful at, and cease the behaviours that are unsuccessful.