juanton wrote:We took our youngest Husky to some place off of Baldwin, just west of Willy St. He aced puppy 1 and 2. They also had Sunday morning hang out sessions for all dogs attending their classes. It was a pretty cool place. I'm not sure if it's still there.
The Dog Spot, was it? I don't think it exists any longer. Whatever it was called, we took our pup there for the 1st and 2nd level classes. The first class was taught by Sarah Kalnajs, a protÃƒÂ©gÃƒÂ© of Patricia McConnell, who was superb. The second-level course was fine, but the trainer wasn't quite up to her level.
I mean, this woman had taught her Shelties to put their toys away when they were done playing with them. Anyone who pulls off that little feat wins "dog whisperer" status in my book.
Ms. McConnell runs Dog's Best Friend. Ms. Kalnajs runs Blue Dog. So I'd say you're good to go with either of those. Both women are a little nutty, but that's hardcore dog folk for ya.
As for not wanting to make any mistakes those first few days, the best advice I can give you is to load up on Nature's Miracle (or Simple Solution) and to never, never, never raise your voice (or hand, or a newspaper) to your pup for doing what Nature calls upon us all to do. Stick to positive reinforcement, and you're off to a good start. Also, if you're getting a pup young enough that it's not yet housebroken, I'd strongly encourage you to consider crate training.