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We are 2/4 sessions into our group puppy training class. I love it since they get to socialize, and I get to see other dogs at different points in the class progress. We learn loose-leash walking, sit, down, come, name recognition; and they touch on a few other things like stay and give, but not in-depth.
My question is, is it practical to teach them anything more than the obedience manners/commands listed? I'd love for Luna to heel and all that, but it seems like it's too much to ask of her at 13 weeks. I would NEVER expect a toddler to be as obedient.
My feeling is that I should probably wait awhile after our puppy training before going into level 1 obedience and so on. I'd like to let her mature out a little, even though they say it's best to train dogs at a younger age.
Any thoughts?
 

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Speaking from experience, it's best to keep on with the obedience lessons on your own so she doesn't forget before starting new classes. Just a few minutes at a time - it's difficult for me to work one on one since I have so many. When my JoJo was a puppy and went to puppy classes, I took her over to the local park every day - just the two of us, and worked with her alone without the distractions here at home. Even tho I got very sick and was unable to complete the formal training, she did very well and even now at 4 years old, does well at obedience (she's not perfect - but that's my fault, not hers). I was in the hospital for 2 weeks, off work for a month, and then took several more months to recuperate - so I felt I'd missed much of her puppyhood. I think if she'd been able to complete the puppy classes and continue with more she would probably be a therapy dog today. Unfortunately, none of the youngsters here have been able to go to classes - since the classes are about 20 miles away - just not practical for me to get them there.
Others may have different ideas, but given the opportunity, I'd definitely let her finish the puppy classes and start on the next level as soon as possible. There may be an age limit on that next level - but if she fits in their age limit, I'd continue.
 

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Well, once she completes the puppy classes, shes eligible to get in to the next level classes.
 

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I don't think it's a waste of time. Beagles can learn more than you would think. Chloe heels, shakes, rolls over, and is learning new things every day.

If Luna is a smart dog, and you can teach her to sit, down, stay, come - you can teach her much more than that!
 

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We did puppy class at my vet's office then went to Petsmart and took all the classes they offer. Once you complete the advanced class you can take it again at no cost so we did that also. Now I have a book of tricks to teach your dog. Maggie and I work on something every day. She can do so many things. Even at a young age she learned and was eager to into the class. I would encourage you to just keep on going with the classes.
 

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don't get me wrong folks, I'm not quitting the classes. I just feel like I am putting a lot on her at this age to keep learning new things and keep up with all the new commands. I still practice with her everyday, but I kind of just want her to perfect the sit, down, come, stay, etc... THEN when she's older, take her to advanced classes.
 

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Originally Posted By: DdlazWe are 2/4 sessions into our group puppy training class. I love it since they get to socialize, and I get to see other dogs at different points in the class progress. We learn loose-leash walking, sit, down, come, name recognition; and they touch on a few other things like stay and give, but not in-depth.
My question is, is it practical to teach them anything more than the obedience manners/commands listed? I'd love for Luna to heel and all that, but it seems like it's too much to ask of her at 13 weeks. I would NEVER expect a toddler to be as obedient.
My feeling is that I should probably wait awhile after our puppy training before going into level 1 obedience and so on. I'd like to let her mature out a little, even though they say it's best to train dogs at a younger age.
Any thoughts?
If she is enjoying the obedience you are doing now, my advice is don't stop there!

Training is something that should be constant in our dogs lives, no matter their age. Dogs thrive on the mental stimulation training gives them. When I got my beagle, I started training her from the time we bought her home at 8 weeks - just very short lessons at home, only for a couple of minutes a few times a day. She learned sit very quickly and loved that she got rewarded for doing something on command.

The danger with obedience club (and I go to one weekly) is that dogs get bored with the same old, same old. You need to find a way to keep class exciting and as a baby puppy, remember that Luna will not have a big attention span. Having said that, I will always teach my dogs basic obedience (heel, sit, down, stay, etc) right off the bat. If you want to wait till she is a bit older to go to big dog classes at obedience, continue training her at home.

Heel was the first command we learnt at obedience school, because it is the basis for all basic obedience and trialling. There will be no harm in you teaching Luna what the heel position is, or to do an automatic sit when you are heeling.

Good luck with the training thing, its something all dogs especially beagles need and thoroughly enjoy! Just remember that daily training is a GREAT idea, but at Luna's age, you must keep sessions to 10 minutes max otherwise she will loose interest
 

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Just wanted to add that at dog school we only learnt the following in the first level of classes:

- heel
- automatic sit
- various heel patterns (left hand u-turn, right about etc)
- the basics of a sit/stay
- the recall exercise

and then once your dog could meet the above and do them ok, they got promoted to the next class where stand and down were incorporated. To be promoted out of that class, the dog needed to meet the new commands plus the above but at a more proficient level. So its fine to teach your dog the basics and stuff for obedience trialling, but she will perfect it over time and will become much better at it as she gets older. For example, I used to have to lure Daisy to the ground for the down command. Now, all I have to say is DOWN and she will drop instantly. It is the same with the hand signal - I now only have to do a minute signal with my hand to get her to perform the command. So training is something that the dog will perfect over time
 

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Yeah...our class doesn't teach heel... AT ALL. It's expected from different training disciplines. I'd like her to heel but whatever hopefully we'll learn how to teach her that later.

All in all, I think what's needed...is MY training. Sometimes, training books don't help as much as training videos...and videos don't help as much as face-to-face training. I would love to just learn all the training methods for each command. But then I'd have this plethora of knowledge in my head that I have to convey to a little pup that's more interested in sniffing every dark dot on the pavement than training.
So, with that said, it seems like I should be focusing more on some commands and let her get them down, then add on more commands as we go.
 

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If its a puppy school class they don't teach the heel position anyway - puppy school is for socialisation more than anything else.

When you get to the first level of 'big dog training' the first thing you will likely learn is to have the dog at your left in heel position - depending on what your club aims to teach owners


Get her used to the basics like sit and down in your own time, I would also focus on loose lead walking and basic manners - now is the best time to teach her good habits!!
 
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