Post # 1
he was barking every. single. second… wouldn’t focus or listen, wouldnt do any of the commands we taught him…. both my FI and I were so frustrated with him. Now he is conked out on the couch, I am sure the poor guy is emotionally exhausted, but I am afraid PetSmart may ban us now! He was THAT bad!
What I dont get is that he never does this at home! He barks only occasionally and is always very attentive and smart…. NOT tonight he wasn’t!
Post # 3
Bright lights, new sounds and people, new smells, other dogs. It happens!
Post # 4
LMAO Sounds like my dog! He goes to training and doesnt pay attention just keeps trying to hump every other dog! He goes to day care to try to calm him down prior to obedience classes and he is still psychotic and wont listen to a word we say! Only time he listens is if i have a hotdog in my hand!
Post # 5
I think it’s the stress of the new environment and all the other dogs! My dog is scared and jumpy all through training even though she isn’t like that at home or out in other locations.
Post # 6
Depending where you are, you could try a CET class…if you ever watched “at the end of my leash” with brad pattison he has trainers all over canada….
THeir training ROCKS….no treats, just pure respect….works much better than pet smart (I have done pet smart as well)…
But even the most well behaved dogs will have their day…my dog is fine when I go for hikes with other CET clients…when trainers join she’s a BITCH….argh….and for some reason the trainer lets her get away with more than other dogs…one day though, she got so angry with ruby and yelled at her and then Ruby was the best dog ever that day…LOL
It’s about expectations….and consistency
Post # 7
The trainer kept reassuring us… but my nerves are soooooo shot! It was seriously like two different animals when he left the store and got him in the truck, it was light a light switch and he was back to normal!
Post # 8
Don’t worry its normal just find what gets his attention. If treats don’t work, try a really small squeky toy that will fit in ure pocket. Squek it, then tell him what u want once u get his attention. Hope it helps, I’d not keep trying diff things. Don’t let the lil guy psych u out!
Post # 9
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Has he been to the PetSmart before? It might help to take him there a lot. Junior Mink skipped puppy class because he was sick as a pup. He wasn’t allowed to run, jump, or play rough, so we taught him tricks and commands. When we wentto out first obedience class, he was SO excited while all the other dogs knew to go sit on their mats due o having taken puppy class. It was o embarrassing! He did fine afterafew week, though. 🙂
Also, if you go often he might learn that the people in the store shirts ave treats and he gets them if he’s a good boy!
Post # 10
@mink: he was SO good for the trainer ( at times)… we came home and devised a plan to get him around more people and dogs so he won’t absolutely freak next week. There’s a nice walking trail close by, and the weather has been nice and warm so we are taking him starting tomorrow. We will see how it goes! This is great practice for both of our patience…. goodness gracious it was tough!
Post # 11
Our dog did that too at his puppy training classes, so you’re not alone! I know how awkward it can make you feel having the “bad kid”, but I think trainers are very used to it! What really helped us was to make sure our puppy got a lot of exercise before class so he wasn’t as wound up (they taught us “puppy push-ups, where basically you tell the dog “sit” then “down” then “sit”…repeat until puppy is tired!). Also, taking your dog into PetSmart when there aren’t classes so he gets used to the sounds and smells is helpful too. Good idea with the walking trail, as well!! Good luck!! 🙂
Post # 12
Awww! haha, its okay! The first day is crazy, like puppy crack! He will settle in eventually. Just keep up with the exercise and social situations.
MY Boy was sooooo bored in his class. Its lots of waiting while the trainer is talking and stimulations so attention span runs thin. We already had most the stuff down before obedience 1, so he was like: Mom really, stop asking me to sit for a piece of cheese!
Post # 13
It will get better! Our girl was a crazy maniac, lunging at the other dogs the entire time. But, the best and most fun part for us of her training was watching her progress, and so quickly! I thought she’d never get it, and before I knew it she was making strides. Hang in there!
Post # 14
we will practice with him this week a lot. I actually have to take him back tomorrow for a vet visit at petsmart because he messed with his stitches where he was neutered… this is his new look, he HATES it!!!! lol
Post # 15
our trainer told us the best thing ever in our first class “this class is for you to learn, the dogs learn when they are at home’ he went on and explained how once they are solid with a command (that we learned how to teach it to our dog), then we can expect them to do it with all the distractions of class and people etc. Also, I dont know what your training philosophy is, but we treat (with really small treats, seriously I have a great dane and she eats treats smaller than a pea) for attention. so every time she looks at me i click (or say ‘yes’) and give a treat. its made it really helpful. she gets barky at the beginning of class and i just call her name. once she looks at me i treat her and now i have her attention the rest of class! she went from barking and straining to play with all the other dogs in the first class, to being one of the best behaved puppies there! Im so proud of her.
Post # 16
The cone of shame!!!!!!:( Poor thing