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      Brian is going to go to school

      So this place teaches them doggie manners, such as no jumping, sit and stay, walking nicely on a leash and just the basic stuff.
      I can get him to sit easy, but it's the staying part I'm having trouble with. And as far a walking on a leash, well it's me that gets walked or more like drug around on a leash.

      My vet highly recommends them.

      I feel bad because I feel like I have given up on him, I haven't but sometimes one just needs help.
      I know this but it still makes me feel like a failure.

      On a good note he has outgrown his biting stage Now my wounds can heal lolol.

      I know it's me that is slowing him down. I don't blame Brian what so ever! He is a really smart dog, but I'm missing some of the know how on "how" to show him what I want of him. And this place will show me the know how. He will be going twice a week for over night stays for 3 weeks. Then they are going to train me lol. I know I am the one needing the training.

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      Few humans are born "natural dog trainers" (and some who think they are - aren't always either!) so good for you to get into classes. Even trainers go to obedience classes and continue their education on training and learning

      Have fun!

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      Every training class I went to there were competitive obedience people in it who took their dog partly for the controlled distraction of other dogs but also to get tips from an equally competitive trainer who could watch them, be their mirror, coach, and suggest things they couldn't see or hadn't thought of.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      Every training class I went to there were competitive obedience people in it who took their dog partly for the controlled distraction of other dogs but also to get tips from an equally competitive trainer who could watch them, be their mirror, coach, and suggest things they couldn't see or hadn't thought of.
      Yup. I’ve been training dogs for Obedience competition for YEARS and rely on classes and my instructor for help and guidance.

      I would suggest though, that in addition to them teaching the dog certain things, you make sure they teach YOU how to work with the dog and practice, practice, practice. A large part of having an obedient dog is building a bond with the dog which training sessions can help to build especially if they are fun for both sides. People always remark on how much time and work it must take me to get my dogs to the level they are at, but I never think of it as work - I think of it as playing with my dog!
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      I am not new to Labs, but I am very new to training, especially training for competitive dog sports. My biggest take away from the classes I've done/am doing, is they are teaching ME how to train MY dog. The feedback I've received has been PROFOUND in helping me train my dogs, to understand how they learn, to reinforce positive behaviors and correct negative behaviors. I know top level obedience people who still attend the most basic classes with their dogs, it helps with socialization, and most important it helps create a bond with your dog that would be almost impossible to get if someone else trained them.

      I'm not sure what issues you're having with Brian, but in general Lab puppies can be very trying on one's patience. They bite, they chew, they pull, and will test you at every turn. If you can, I'd highly recommend finding a group obedience class where both of you can work, learn, and bond.

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      Yeah group classes teach you how to work with your dog. It helps you learn your dog and form a bond. My fear would be that if you don't how to learn with Brian that he will only be a perfect dog with that trainer.


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      Good for you. I've done it with a puppy but since we have been home seniors, I take them. I learn more each time, LOL

      I find they really enjoy the experience. Train with patience, love, patience, treats, patience, positive reinforcement and tons of patience. Did I mention patience? If you find yourself becoming frustrated, find one small thing that he can succeed at and end the session on a positive note and take a break. Oh, I found training at home for a young dog worked better with several short sessions than one long session. And have fun, both of you have fun.
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      Thank you all for the comments!
      They are going to show me how to train him.
      But they also are going to take him twice a week to train him while I am at work.

      With my work schedule I can't go to a group session. Which they do have. We talked about it and none of their classes aligned with my work hours. So she said this would be the best solution for me. And I agree. Most training around here are in the evenings and I don't get off work until 8PM, sometimes later. And I start around noon so driving about 35 miles to get to a group session isn't an option for me.

      She also said they would train both Brian and myself together to make sure I know what I'm doing So I will have one on one with him and them, but we have to figure out days I can do this. Probably on Saturdays. Since that is the only day I get off.
      I will have a consultation with them before any training starts to see what and how this will proceed.

      I don't have a problem training, it's just I don't know what I'm doing lol. I can train at home when they show me the proper way of doing it. I don't mind training but it would help if I knew I was doing it the right way

      Hope I'm making sense? It's hard for me to convey something in writing lol.
      When ever I think it, it makes sense, but then I type it out and it looks stupid rotfl.

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      "I don't have a problem training, it's just I don't know what I'm doing lol. I can train at home when they show me the proper way of doing it. I don't mind training but it would help if I knew I was doing it the right way"

      There's many books and DVD's that show you the same things the trainer uses in group. Then work in the socialisation when and where it fits your schedule.
      Not as easy, but certainly doable.

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      Yes there are and I have several of these, but I am one of those people who has to be shown "in person" lol. And no, I'm not the brightest bulb in the pack
      I like the one on one aspect of being taught. And besides I've never taken a dog to a trainer so I think it may be a good thing for me. I can learn a lot from someone who does this all the time.
      I think it will benefit both me and Brian.

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