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Dog Training, How much is reasonable?

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TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 10:05:05

I have organised for a dog trainer to come to my house

I am paying a 'course' fee, one amount and he will come to my house regularly for as long as it takes to sort out the issues we have.

What would you say would be a reasonable amount??

just want to check I haven't messed up big time grin

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 10:13:10


TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 10:17:10

are you all out walking your dogs? smile

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 10:20:26

please talk to me smile

MitchyInge Thu 06-Aug-09 10:21:03

how much £££ is reasonable or how much time? is this training training or behavioural modification?

time each day depends on age of dog - are you going to work alongside the trainer during the sessions?

I don't do one-off fees, but rivals others do and it ranges from £150 to £350 last time I snooped stumbled across them

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 10:35:37

hi mitchy
he is coming to the house to train the dog with us
me, dh and all the children

lol @ snooped


Duke is 12 months

MitchyInge Thu 06-Aug-09 10:42:43

good luck! at least you won't be running up a massive bill, how much is he charging?

just out of nosiness interest, is he KC accredited or affiliated to any particular organisation do you know?

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 10:45:46

he is here

shit I'm panicking now
I didn't think about acrredited and stuff

oh fuck
this really is a steep learning curve

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 10:46:18

well that didn't work at all


MitchyInge Thu 06-Aug-09 10:51:20

oh am sure it makes no difference, there's so many different schemes - I was really just wondering whether that was something that had appealed to you or not

am sure that just by virtue of spending that extra time on structured activities with Duke and having support you will see massive improvements anyway

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 10:54:42

thanks mitch smile

YouLukaAmazing Thu 06-Aug-09 11:10:56

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TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 11:14:20

he leaps the fence and runs off whenever he wants

he wont come when I call on a walk if he doesn't feel like it

he chews the kids toys

he has chewed the sofa

he basically doesn't listen to me unless he feels like it

but he does listen to dh more

YouLukaAmazing Thu 06-Aug-09 11:30:31

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moondog Thu 06-Aug-09 11:33:39

This is the best dog training book ever

Also essential for any other living breathing thing.

Bella21 Thu 06-Aug-09 13:06:07

Moondog's book recommendation is good, but your pup sounds like he's going through puberty.

How old is he Trinity? It's very common for them to do all this between 6 months and 1 year ( 2 years for late developers loke labs).

And is he castrated?

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 13:28:05

He is 12 months now

He is booked in for his castration on monday

we were told they wont do it any earlier than that

we rehomed him when he was 7 months

he was handed in for rehoming becuase the lady that had him was working long hours and a long commute so he was locked in a crate for 14 hours a day sad

just mentioning that as then you know he wasn't rehimed for behavioural reasons

Bella21 Thu 06-Aug-09 14:18:58

It won't be a quick fix - the things you want to change take time. Recall particularly.

For chewing you need to give him lots of things he's allowed to chew, make sure he's not left alone to become bored.

Depends on how much the trainer is asking but I'd be sceptical. You'd be better of going to an obedience class - ask at your vets.

MitchyInge Thu 06-Aug-09 15:40:15

Don't Shoot The Dog is my 2nd favourite book after Culture Clash, after Training Spaniels by Joe Irving for the unwitting misogynistic hilarity

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 15:42:47

Cant really take him to classes as I have 3 small children

he has lots of things hes allowed to chew which he does aswell

what would make you sceptical?
serious question

MitchyInge Thu 06-Aug-09 15:44:07

I'd bail out at any mention of 'pack leader' or instructions to start 'gesture eating' before the dog is fed and that sort of jizz.

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 15:45:42

what the hell is gesture eating??

he did say that he thinks of the kids as his equals and thats why he doesn't listen to them

oh fuck
how do I cancel

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Thu 06-Aug-09 15:47:20

oh help

I had no clue how to find someone to help so I jumped at the first one I found on yell

what would I do with the kids if I have to go somewhere

I thought him coming to my house was good

MitchyInge Thu 06-Aug-09 15:55:32

I think they call it that, it's the notion that the leader of the pack eats first so some behaviourists advise owners to either pretend to eat from the dog's bowl first, or have their proper meal before feeding the dog and that sort of thing. Usually followed by instructions to make sure your dog doesn't go through a doorway before you, never gets up onto the furniture, doesn't walk ahead of you (even if years of selective breeding have gone into refining that very behaviour in gun dogs for example)

oh it just goes on and on and on when most of the problems it seeks to address can be sorted once the dog learns some basic commands, matures, is well fed and gets appropriate mental/physical exercise

MitchyInge Thu 06-Aug-09 15:58:16

but your man might not be like that, am sure pack leader theorists are a dying breed! can you have a no-obligation consultation with him to find out whether his methods feel ok for you and your family?

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