Does anyone have any experience with petsmart/petco puppy training?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I took my dog, Boris there for puppy kindergarten and it was good.  As far as any obedience training once he graduated from there, I might look into a trainer not associated with these stores.  I highly recommend finding a trainer who uses a clicker to train.  It really really works. 

The only thing I didn’t like about classes in these stores is they show you items for your pet and then of course you’re going to go after class to buy them.  Watch for that one!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

I know it depends on the area, but we have a wonderful trainer at Petsmart – she has truly saved our sanity, since we can go in or call and ask questions any time we need to.  I’ve never had a dog before and hubby wasn’t used to training, so the trainer has been really good at training US, as much as the dog!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We did puppy and intermediate training classes with our pup at PetSmart. It was a great way to teach him, but he also got used to interacting with other dogs in a controlled environment. I would definitely recommend it. It’s fun too! They teach using games and activities so the dogs are focused and having fun.

Here’s Shea on graduation day. His head was a little bit too small for the cap…

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hey! We are currently in our 4th week through Petsmart puppy training and we LOVE IT!!! I rescued my 4 mo old chi and in 4 weeks he can sit, lay, stay, come when called, and leave things alone when I tell him! Plus, he is no longer shy! He loves when they puppies get play time in class! Totally worth it

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

We did puppy training at Petsmart for Ranger, and we LOVED it! He actually starts the intermediate class next week! We had an amazing instructor and saw a HUGE change in Ranger’s behavior throughout the class. The big thing is that you won’t see results unless you practice at home – they’re training you more than they’re training the dog. As long as you’re willing to work at it, the classes are awesome!!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think the puppy beginer class would be okay for a pup your age to learn the basics and to get socilization.  We took our pup to the second stage class (a bit more knowledgable) and he pretty much already knew everything.  It did work on having him listen in a distrated environment.  They actually take you out into the aisles.  They do teach with treats though, and I don’t think that is the best way. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

We took our dog Ryder to the Petsmart class and it was a really good class.  The instructor was enthusiastic and even worked with us outside of the class.  We got great advice, a bunch of coupons, and most importantly we learned how to train our dog.  Plus if we ever need help again we can go back to get it.  I don’t have any experience/knowledge of the Petco classes, but I recommend the Petsmart class.  It’s worth every dollar!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

my hubby said that he’s heard good things, but he didn’t take our dog there. he went to a local place. and sadly our dog failed. twice. but it wasn’t their fault, it’s just our pup.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Like others – we are currently in our 6th week of Puppy Kindergarten through Petsmart and LOVE it!  Frankie can sit, lay down, stay, dance, knows his name, knows ‘leave it’, ‘drop it’…. but best of all, he was able to socialize with other dogs every week.  Our Petsmart teaches with clicker training and it’s been great for us.  I will be enrolling him in the next level up once he’s graduated.  I would highly recommend it!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

With big-box stores like that, it’s really hit or miss if the trainer is good or not.

I personally prefer to go to a local independent trainer with good reviews.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

we had our first petsmart class this week with our 3 month old puppy. it’s helped us become a little more patient and learn what works and what doesn’t. It’s only the first week, so i don’t know how well it will work but it seems to be going well and our trainer is awesome. Plus, we got lucky and ended up in a class with only two other dogs so it’s pretty private.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

oh, and i completely agree with what others have said about clicker training. it’s the first week and our dog already knows the clicker means he’s beng rewarded for something good. it helps you be consistent with them since your voice changes depending on your mood, if you’re sick, tired, etc. and “good boy” doesn’t always sound the same each time.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Fiance & I did puppy training for our first @PetSmart. We very much enjoyed taking her & although she is VERY (VERY) stubborn she did surprisingly well.

Just make sure you do consistent follow through week to week. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

My Cocker Spaniel graduated from the puppy and intermediate classes at our local PetSmart and he and I loved it. It was great!! 🙂

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