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Old 05-06-2008, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Garland, TX
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I'm looking for private lessons for my new pup. Preferably in home and ASAP!!! I'm trying to get some obediance started before the bad habits begin. I just got a 12 week old beagle mix (male). I live in the North Garland area, so if you know anyone or you are a trainer close by, please let me know. Any recomendations or people to stay away from would be appreciated also...
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Mid-Cities
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I would contact someone from an AKC obedience club.
Texas Tri-City Obediance Club (broken link)

IMO it's better to take your puppy to classes so they learn to be social with people and other dogs. This will help your puppy be better behaved overall and help prevent neurotic behaviors.

good luck!
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:37 AM
 
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Here's who we use, and love her:
Kathi O'Malley
Canine Behavior Consultant
Associate Member IAABC #155
Professional Member APDT
Dallas, Tx.
Talk 2 the Paw - Home Page
972-862-7229

Ask your vet for recommendations. Talk to them about their training style - I think you'll get the most bang for your buck (and effort) going with positive reinforcement. Things are just easier all around if your dog WANTS to do what you ask of it.

I would avoid anyone who advocates hitting, pulling, or otherwise manhandling your dog. You train the dog to be afraid of you and you'll find he'll probably only 'listen' when you're there to punish him. You also risk injuring the dog.

Do a search on "Nothing in Life is Free". This is a concept where the dog has to earn everything from you. It's working very well for us. (I was a cat person before inheriting two German Shepherds, and they will definitely walk all over you given the chance.)
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:45 AM
 
Location: la hacienda
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Clicker training is something good to do at home, you can pick up a clicker at PetsMart (99cents) along w/a book. Start in a couple of weeks, when the puppy is about 16 weeks (they are still spacey at 12 weeks) and reinforce w/healthy treats. Start off w/about 5 mins, twice a day.

I do agree about socializing your pet to different situations. You can also message the feet, ears and gently open it's mouth to look at teeth to get the puppy use to touching similiar to what a veterinarian or groomer might do.
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Garland, TX
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thank you for all the info!!!
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