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When to get professional trainer

I have a 10 week old puppy and I wanted to get her training. Some trainers say to wait till 4 months old and others say to start training right away.When should I start professional training on her?
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Training starts as soon as you get your puppy home. Potty training, walking politely on a leash, sit, down, coming when called, waiting on a mat, and lots of other things are done in little slices (like one to two minutes) throughout the day.

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I agree...right away. I think you miss out on exposing puppies to a lot of experiences if you wait and it's really good to get them out right away.


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I'm a little uncertain what kind of training you are talking about. For a young puppy the kind of training you need to focus on is introducing her to lots of strange things, people, environments, potty training obviously, basic things like casual walking on a leash, casual come when called, sit, wait—things like that.

As always, with training, make it short (just a few minutes at a time without a lot of boring repetition) and sweet (fun—lots of praise, treats, toy and play rewards.) You want to quit while the puppy is still happy and interested; end on a good note by having her do something she already knows. A good basic puppy socialization class can provide lots of different things for the puppy to be exposed to; it'll help you also to have a person you can get hands-on advice from when little problems crop up. She can start that now.

That can flow on in to a basic obedience class as she gets older.

Your phrase "get her training" confuses me—are you talking about sending her to a trainer for in-house training? I always recommend that you train alongside your puppy. You'll get a wonderful chance to build your relationship to a deeper level. If you take her to a trainer for them to work with, you really have no idea how she is being treated while she is there. And it's just as much a matter of training you as it is of training the puppy. She won't retain any training she gets if you don't know how to keep her interested and learning or what to do to keep her from developing bad habits.
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I agree with Melbrod and I would like to understand what is your definition of "professional training".

In my experience a professional trainer is training the dog owners on how to communicate, train and manage the dog. It is my belief that training includes socialization, which includes being exposed to all sorts of other people/ places/ dogs under controlled situations. This doesn't mean that your dog has to be petted by everyone and play with all dogs, it means positive experiences in new situations.

Training can start as soon as puppies are capable of interacting with humans and a 10 week old puppy should definitely be actively trained. Dobermans in particular love to "work" for their owners and the approach to training should be enjoyable for both. It is a part of building a relationship and trust.

Regarding "board and train", where a dog goes to live with a professional trainer and comes back "trained", I would say that should be avoided in most circumstances. It doesn't fit the purpose of building that critical relationship between owner and dog.
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I'm not going to board and train her i just want to get some training done with someone who knows better than me.Also get some socializing done cause its kinda hard to do because of this lockdown.
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There are a few places to start looking for a good trainer:

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers https://apps.apdt.com/eweb/DynamicPa...=TrainerSearch
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers https://www.ccpdt.org/dog-owners/cer...ner-directory/
Karen Pryor Academy https://karenpryoracademy.com/find-a-trainer

Just be aware that not every good trainer will be certified by an organization, and not every certified trainer will be the right trainer for you and your dog.

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As far as socialization goes, this is a good blog post. https://denisefenzi.com/2020/05/car-socialization/

This is another one she wrote. https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.co.../socialization

Once from AviDog https://www.avidog.com/puppy-sociali...f-coronavirus/
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Here are two more articles about socializing your puppy during CoVid:

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/tr...al-distancing/

https://thebark.com/content/socializ...id-19-pandemic
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They call it dog training BUT IMO it should be called Human training.
And hears a big piece of advise many people think they are the best trainers (but they are not).
They teach their way.
It took me some time to figure this out but IMO a great trainer will have a lesson sure, but they will also identify the personal traits and characteristics of your dog and help you mold your dog into a something wonderful

You as the human need to understand the instructors techniques first .......thats where your trainer or training courses come into play.
If your one of those self starter students you can learn technique through online courses then take what you learn and practice daily.
Because that is what a trainer to going to do when you travel to have a lesson with them in person. They will teach you something to do with you dog and send you home with things to practice until your net lesson.
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I am back on track.....my point is make sure any training that is done with your dog is through you. You must understand the lesson to be able to practice at home. One thing I have learned through all different kinds of lessons we have taken (online, person to person, group training classes) there is so much to learn about your dog (body language,eye contact, indentifying what will work ) and that where a good trainer is worth their weight in gold.
We started off with a bad trainer (didn’t even realize it at the time I was Doberman dumb) and later learned through other classes mistakes made and had to retrain. So be picky with the election of your human trainer as this sets the foundation of a great future with your dog.
Nothing like seeing a big dog with great citizenship.
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