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Wolfie11 Sun 26-Apr-20 12:56:28


I have an 11 week old Alaskan Malamute puppy and I am keen to start some kind of training course. He was booked in to puppy classes that I planned to carry on as he got older but obviously at the moment we don’t know when we will be able to attend. It has been a long time since I’ve had a puppy, I lost my last Alaskan Malamute at 11 years old last year.

I have been looking at the Absolute Dogs website and was quite intrigued. It seems slightly different to how I have trained previous dogs. Does anyone have any advice? They seem to have a specific puppy dvd/download and an online academy that runs month to month but I’m not sure which would be best (if either!). Or, if this is more of a gimmick, can anyone recommend any others?

Thanks in advance, pictures of the little monster attached @ 8 weeks and nearly 11 weeks.

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frostedviolets Sun 26-Apr-20 15:06:17

I think what concerns me personally about absolute dogs, and I am more than willing to be told I’m wrong as I have never done an absolute dogs course, is that it appears to be entirely positive training, by that I mean there seems to be absolutely no consequence or deterrent for so called ‘bad’ behaviour, ever.

I am all for training using games, toys and treats for rewards.
All for it.

But I really don’t agree with this concept that ‘bad’ behaviour should be ignored and that it is damaging to tell off/correct your dog and from what I have seen and heard, absolute dogs does seem to be in that camp.

jinxpixie Sun 26-Apr-20 15:17:44

Absolute training is an optimistic, games based training. Dog Love it.It is positive training and lots of rewards and activities to do with your dogs.You may find all the information and games overwhelming to start with so do pace yourself and take your time. There is a very positive and supportive face book page - no wankyness allowed smile

However it is a bit cheesy and you will be sent a lot of marketing info once they get your email BUT it is a great online way to train and you will get support to stop your feeling isolated.

Re Frostedviolets comments positive training has nothing to do with only rewarding good behaviour and ignoring bad - if only it were that simple! It is setting your dog up for success and giving you opportunities to reward the correct behaviour -very very very different from what she is suggesting.

Which course are you looking at doing with Absolute Dogs?

tabulahrasa Sun 26-Apr-20 15:23:45

It’s fine... I do think it’s very expensive for what it is though...

cantlivewithem Sun 26-Apr-20 15:25:03

We’ve joined since lockdown and it’s really good fun. Loads of games to play to build confidence, calm, recall etc. The facebook group is really supportive. Can’t really tell you if it works yet as we’ve not been doing the games for long. We really like it though.
The training academy closes today though, apparently it only opens to new members a few times a year.
You could join today while you can and then if it’s not what you wanted you can get your money back before 14 days.

cantlivewithem Sun 26-Apr-20 15:26:40

Also if you look at the different courses you get boundary games and calm courses for free with Training Academy. I think you get Sexier than a Squirrel too but could be wrong.

jinxpixie Sun 26-Apr-20 15:37:18

They do use the same basic games over and over again so you will see magic hands, DMT, boundary games etc on calm,sexier than a squirrel and Training Academy.

Training Academy has the most content

jinxpixie Sun 26-Apr-20 15:38:31

Enjoy your new puppy he is so cute

Wolfie11 Sun 26-Apr-20 15:43:46

Thanks for the replies! I was thinking of either joining the Academy or possibly downloading Pup 2 Perfection and Leash on/Game off. Does anyone know which would be more suitable?

Malamutes are very stubborn dogs, he is only little just now but I’m sure he will get a telling off at some point in time 😬🙈. I would like to primarily try to train him with positive methods though.

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Scattyhattie Sun 26-Apr-20 15:45:08

The training academy only opens a few times a year to join (closes later today) and is like netflix of all their videos/courses/ older super trainer seminars, its subscription so if you leave lose access to anything not separately paid for or given as freebies.
There are courses and can search by problem & will bring up relevant games solutions, in this way its a little more abstract than traditional classes of to teach x do y but is about changing way dog view things to make better decisions & improve value of handler over other exciting things in environment.
It has few facebook groups so can share progess & get advice from others. Tom & Lauren do regular Facebook lives & can ask questions.
The digital Courses sold have lifetime access

I've followed a while but not long started properly & I watched the super trainer live they had on Facebook recently and much of what they say makes sense and training is positive, fun for dog/person .

Tom Mitchell is a vet/ behaviourist/trainer & Lauren Langman is pro agility in GB team & trainer. I found both bit irritating till got used to them but they do know their stuff.
I dislike AD's rather pushy/FOMO marketing strategy used but obviously its been highly successful for them.

Voldethought Mon 27-Apr-20 14:47:57

After reading this thread I was intrigued and have been looking at the website. Does anyone have any thoughts about the ‘Boundary Games’ dvd? I’ve got a 10 month old springer who, true to breed, is wildly excitable on walks. Her recall is pretty good but she has a tendency to wander a little too far away from us for my liking - I’d like to encourage her to stay closer to us off lead. Her loose lead walking is improving very slowly, but I was wondering if this dvd would help?

jinxpixie Mon 27-Apr-20 15:37:58

Here is a link to the boundary games ebook-I think it still works. It may help you decide. It is not the best one for encouraging to stay close to you. I think it leash off game on would be better for that.

BUT dont blame me if you enter your email you will get a lot of emails but very easy to unsubscribe

DreamingOfAFullNightsSleep Mon 27-Apr-20 20:59:07

I was going to a training class with my fairly new rescue dog based on Absolute Dogs, so using all their resources. The trainer was great and my dog did improve. Mind, we still have huge issues, I have a thread up about her now as we're really struggling with her behaviours.

The other dogs on the course made huge improvements! And my dog did too, just we have such a lot to work on, and had to go in reeeeeeally tiny steps due to her anxiety eg she wouldn't let the trainer play a game with her or touch her for 4 weeks of the 6 week course. The second has been cancelled after 1 session due to the current situation.

I thought the theory was very good, and the games have been great... and again lots of our issues now are lockdown related. Overall though I'd take her back/use this method

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