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Winston has never had any training classes. Not for lack of trying. There is only one 'group' here that has training classes. When I called to put him some puppy classes, they wouldn't take him until he was 6 months old. So fine, I asked if we could sign up now for the first class in January. Sure, they let me give all the info on the phone and then they said they'd call when they have a class.
I was a bit reluctant about them anyway, because she did condemn me because I have a beagle and a beagle can't learn anything (HAH!)
So I learn tonight that classes have been running since last week. So I called them and they said, oh, we had so many inquiries that we couldn't take them all so we cut out the certain breeds because it would have been a waste of our time
So tomorrow I bite the bullet and consider paying twice as much for private lessons from Petsmart. That's probably the only way I can take them there because we are over an hour away so 8 weeks of classes is kind of risky with road conditions this time of year and I have to make sure someone can come with me because Winston is still a bit skittish in the van. But on the other hand it's probably worth it rather than going with the not-so-educated canine association.
So glad I have beagle world to vent!
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You are better off that they did not contact you. I wouldn't want my baby in an environment like that - and frankly, they sound inexperienced.

We've been doing basic obedience with Regal since we got him at 11 (or so weeks). Before he even started class he knew sit, down, stay (for short period!), leave it and a couple tricks. We started him in class when he was 6 months. When we finally got to down/stays in class, our trainer was impressed at how good he was. The trickier ones for him were heeling and come when called. We concentrated on those (and continue to do so) but overall he has been easy to train. During the last class he was able to do a little agility course and he was one of the few to fly through it with no hesitation. What he won't do for a hot dog.

You will find a place that is a much better environment.
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