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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-25-2009, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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What class should we take next?

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My dog is a mutt, a Poodle/American Eskimo dog cross. He’s a rescue – has been in at least one shelter and I’m at minimum his fourth owner. I’ve had him since August 2008 and am probably his longest term owner since the vet estimates him to be approximately 2 years old. When I got him, he was afraid of his own shadow but he has improved considerably with lots of socialization. He still gets nervous if a place is really crowded or the kids are especially loud but he is significantly better.

We’ve done one 6-week beginner obedience class using clicker training. (I’m comfortable with the clicker since I click trained my rabbits and also my previous rats.) We’re doing a second class that’s “manners” which basically just refines the beginner obedience stuff.

I’d like to continue taking classes because we both enjoy them and I like having a trainer to ask questions when something odd in his unknown past appears (Why is he terrified of people in cowboy hats?). I have no desire to ever do any shows with him even though there are some APDT things that mutts can compete in.

I don’t feel any particular draw to any of these classes, only a general interest in taking something and that they all seem interesting but here are the classes available for when my manners class is done:

  • Rally 1
  • Agility 1
  • Introduction to tracking
  • Introduction to retrieving
  • Canine Good Citizen/Therapy dog prep class

If it were you, what would you do next?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-25-2009, 08:21 AM
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canine good citizen seems fun

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I agree with the canine good citizen.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-25-2009, 01:31 PM
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The canine good citizen sounds like the one that would be the most useful outside of the class. Unless he has a lot of energy to burn then maybe agility would be fun. I was thinking of teaching my puppers agility just for a way for him to expend some energy.


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I'd have to agree the canine good citizen sounds like it would be nice.. Altho, I'm not sure what you would cover in that class thats not included in the manners class. It might get a little too repetitive for both you and your dog. I mean I'm sure it would be useful, but the agility might be more challenging for your dog. If you plan on taking taking more than one of the classes, you might want to take a break from manner type classes and take an agility course, then go back for the citizen/Therapy prep class. The agility class will give you a lot of outdoor things to play with this summer, and will help build up his confidence more.



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