Welcome to the YorkieTalk.com Forums Community - the community for Yorkshire Terriers. |
You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. You will be able to chat with over 35,000 YorkieTalk members, read over 2,000,000 posted discussions, and view more than 15,000 Yorkie photos in the YorkieTalk Photo Gallery after you register. We would love to have you as a member!
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please click here to contact us.
| ||LinkBack||Thread Tools|
|04-02-2008, 12:50 PM||#1|
I ♥ Franklin & Maggie
Join Date: Dec 2007
Petsmart vs. Private
Well friends, it's about to enroll Franklin in a training class. We've put it off for so long because he's been sick, and we've been busy, and I just think the summer will be better for both of us. He is 6 months old today, do you think it's too late?
Also -- I've been looking for places to take him. One option is Petsmart, and the other is an actual obedience school. Here is their website: http://www.fullcircleobedience.com/
They both cost the same and I'm having a hard time weighing the pros and cons. They'd both be a group class, but would a training center be a better environment than the middle of a store?
Does anybody have experience with Petsmart training? Or, does anyone have experience with school training? If I'm going to pay $100 dollars, I want it to work and be a worthwhile expense and experience.
Diana , Mommy to Franklin, Maggie, Oliver, and Millie - RIP Piper
|04-02-2008, 03:28 PM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ann Arbor
I'm a new parent of a yorkie for one month now. I immediately enrolled him in a puppy class at Petsmart and it's been working out well - they have a room that they normally use for daycare that is sectioned off from the rest of the store. I don't think all Petsmart locations have that kind of room - so you may want to find out. I'm happy with the class so far because I really like the trainer.
I would suggest asking if you can visit / peep into a class at each location - and see which one has the better trainer and environment
|04-02-2008, 04:26 PM||#3|
Donating YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Cape Cod Ma
Brooke (Chewy's and Sadie's Mom)
visit us on dogster dogster.com/dogs/700047
|04-02-2008, 04:36 PM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2008
My Holly is a PetSmart graduate. I agree that you could have gotten all the same info online or out of books, but I watned Holly to go for socialization as well as training. IMO, it was well worth the $90 we spent.
|04-02-2008, 04:47 PM||#5|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
My little girl and I just finished puppy classes at Petsmart and they were a lot of fun! I have no complaints at all. The weekly classes took place in a "classroom" off the main store. It was a little noisy at times, but not enough to detract from the experience. We were given a binder and new pages were added each week; they outlined the activities and commands learned as well as some additional training hints. The first few minutes of each class were dedicated to off-leash play in the classroom for all the puppies, which was great to watch. Often, we'd go over commands and techniques in the classroom section then spread out through the store to try them out -- my little girl loved the opportunity to romp around giving kisses to everyone she met!
Though it was a group setting, there was always time for individual attention. Everyone's questions and concerns were always addressed. The trainer was fantastic; she had a lot of experience and always had positive, encouraging words for everyone, especially when the little ones weren't catching on as quickly as the "pet parents" had hoped. The approach to training is a positive one that focuses on communication with the puppies rather than "dominance over puppy" as I've seen in other obedience courses. At the end, our puppies received certificates and endured photos with graduation caps on their heads. Oh, we also received coupons for $8 off grooming and various other discounts on food and treats along the way.
Overall, it was a great experience. My little girl had a lot of fun, and so did I.
And you thought York Peppermint Patties were great!
|04-02-2008, 06:19 PM||#6|
Donating YT Addict
Join Date: Feb 2008
Our local animal hospital sponsored classes - both beginning and intermediate - the cost was about $100 for both. We started classes when Bailey was 4 mos old.
I liked the thought of socialization, too, but most of the other dogs were so big, Bailey spent most of the time on my lap. I also have several books on the topic - and the classes were exactly the same thing. Bailey and I were very much ahead of the others - even at 4 mos.
The classes taught the basics of training - so that you can take the basics and expand on them to suit your needs. It was good to see the training technics that were described in the books. It was worth the money and time.
This is Bailey's world and we just live in it!