(Closed) Petsmart Training?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Petsmart training is really hit or miss. It’s okay for some socialization and stuff like “sit”, if you have any real issues to deal with, find a real trainer.

Also, Petsmart training is nutorious for “bribery training”, which ends up with you having a dog that only responds if you have a treat in-hand, instead of responding because you told it to. There’s a huge difference in outcome between “bribery” and “reward”.

If your town is big enough to have a Petsmart, there’s a good chance there’s probably an AKC affiliated dog club, I’d look them up and ask what trainers they recommend. And/or call some independent trainers and sit in on their classes, they should let you watch a class before signing up.

Post # 4
8884 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

My brother put his dog through the PS training and it didn’t work. As cute as she is, she was a little terror. He then went to a professional trainer and spent a pretty fair amount to have her re-trained. That didn’t really work either. It seems that she just was that kind of puppy, she just didn’t want to listen. She still doesn’t listen very well, but she’s a lot better just because she’s growing up (she’ll be 3 this year).

Post # 5
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I didn’t have any luck with petsmart training. I would try to find something else, ask your vet they might have some recommendations in your area! 

Post # 6
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I would ask your vet’s office if they know of any training programs in the area.  My vet always has flyers and stuff at the front desk from local trainers.

Post # 7
984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve done petsmart training with both my dogs, I have an Australian cattle dog and a corgi and it was a good experience with both dogs. We did the basic courses and took over ourselves from there. They use clicker training in which you click or say a command with a treat in hand, the general idea is that you train the dog to associate the clicker or command with a treat but eventually you move away from having treats (sometimes do, sometimes don’t) so the pup never knows if you have a treat to eat or not. You always reward with affection or treats but it’s random so the dog always wants to respond. My dogs listen very well, they know not to expect a treat every time they sit or come or whatever. The training was a good bang for our buck but we also were very vigilant at home and kept up more training from books after we completed the classes. 

One thing you could do is go to your local petsmart and observe a few minutes of training to see if you like the trainer. The trainers really do vary and we got lucky both times.

Post # 8
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a great experiences at Petsmart. He made it all the way through advanced. It was great because you are training them as people are shopping around them so it forces them to focus.

My dog is very hyper and a jumper and florished at Petsmart. Highly recommend. 

Post # 9
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Petsmart was good for obedience training however we had more serious behavioural issues with our sheltie. We have heard a ton of recommendations for a group called Bark Busters and they guarantee for life these changes they will make to your dog. They specialize in behaviour modification, not obedience like Petsmart. I have my first appointment with them tonight, I’ll let you know how it goes! 

Post # 10
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We used Petsmart.  It seemed to work okay.  I’m not very good at being strict or a disciplinarian, so I’m not sure how well trained any of our dogs are, they kinda do whatever they want.  But they are tiny, and potty trained, so really I’m happy.  They just don’t have any crazy talents, unless eating is a talent, if so, they excel at that! 

Post # 11
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

We didn’t have any serious behavioral issues, so Petsmart was good for us. If you have a dog that has some serious obedience issues and/or is a breed that has lots of obedience issues, I might find something a little better quality than Petsmart.

Post # 12
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did it and our dog is really smart but it wasn’t great!

Post # 13
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I did the Petsmart training for general obedience. So far we’ve done the beginner and intermediate class, and I’ve enjoyed them both. First they learn basic commands and then they start learning commands with distractions. There are lots of distractions in the store! I have a lab and she did really well. But labs are easy to train and they are eager to please. She can now do all the commands with out being given a treat. You definitely have to work with your dog at home in between classes.

I first tried the class at Petco and it was horrible. I don’t recommend Petco for training.

Post # 14
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I work at Petco and I’ll tell you that it’s hit or miss with the trainers at the big box stores. Some of the trainers have been training for years and are awesome, and some go through a short program and then start teaching classes. I know that Petco does a “Test Drive the Trainer” session and you can go in and get the trainers credentials and ask questions, etc. See if the Petsmart near you does something like this. You can probably google a list of questions to ask.

Post # 15
336 posts
Helper bee

@futurewiddy:  I second this. I was friends with a few people who have been trainers at Petsmart; a couple did the classes and started, a few were a little more legit: one has his own company and does all aspects of behavioral/obedience, and another moved on to training dogs for police work and had a huuuge list of credentials, and Petsmart was sort of just a job while he got his foot in the door with the police stuff.

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