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    Puppy training classes

    In terms of puppy classes, I'm of the opinion that they would be beneficial for a deer dog/family pet at an early stage. With the intention of basic skills such as walking to heel, sit, stay etc etc as well as socialisation with other dogs.

    In my local area there are classes tailored for 'gun dogs' or ones for just pets. I'm not intending m dog to ever be worked as a gundog and it will only be worked for deer.
    would it be confusing for the dog to go to 'gun dog ' puppy classes and possibly detrimental to his training for deer work when I start that?...

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    I think that the class wouldn't offer anything that you shouldn't be able to teach a dog at home. Most breeds of dog can easily be taught basics.I would ask The likes of the Tony from UKDTR or Rudi on here for advice on training a dog for deer.

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    Thanks for the reply,
    funnily it's not the training for deer that I'm worried about, I was just wondering if doing a certain amount of gundog type training would be detrimental at a later stage for a deer only dog?

    I would be confident of teaching the basics myself but would like the socialisation aspects of a puppy class for my dog.....

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    I originally wanted a bmh. But settled for a dacshund. I done research to what was needed to suit my needs and showed pictures to the mrs in which there had to be a compromise. I don't regret for one minute getting a dacshund. I've self taught her to scent tract up to 8 hour old from reading info on here and books. Don't get me wrong hounds are great alroundersbut bloody stubborn.
    Select what will track and what suits your family requirments, engage with yur family that way no issues.

    Size or breed isn't everything as it seems to becoming a fashion to have certain breeds.

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    I have a labrador, I did the basic obedience in conjunction with his other training. Socialising is important dogs and people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Dhu View Post
    I have a labrador, I did the basic obedience in conjunction with his other training. Socialising is important dogs and people.
    All of the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Dhu View Post
    I have a labrador, I did the basic obedience in conjunction with his other training. Socialising is important dogs and people.
    +1

    We've taken all our dogs to puppy classes - not gundog classes, just for regular pet dogs. They socialised with other dogs large and small, and all points in-between. The basic obedience training was secondary to the socialising aspect IMHO. Nothing taught at the classes proved detrimental.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    +1

    We've taken all our dogs to puppy classes - not gundog classes, just for regular pet dogs. They socialised with other dogs large and small, and all points in-between. The basic obedience training was secondary to the socialising aspect IMHO. Nothing taught at the classes proved detrimental.
    Thank you, very helpful!

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    I am amused by the socialisation part
    granted I live in a city but I struggle to get my puppy AWAY from other dogs, their owners, any female or child!!

    Its like a friggin magnet!!

    I am fearful of classes
    they have a horrible tendency to be run by "doggy nutters" ......IMO

    you know the ones

    basic training is just that...basic
    constant repetition and reward will see you right in most situations

    christ if you can train tigers using the same methods I think I should be able to get a spaniel to sit

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmer_mike View Post
    would it be confusing for the dog to go to 'gun dog ' puppy classes and possibly detrimental to his training for deer work when I start that?...
    I have a labrador and one day I hope he will be sufficiently steady to sit on my peg with me. I take him to United Retriever Club training classes which are excellent.

    I have no experience of training a dog to track deer. However, I would recommend gundog classes to socialise the dog and teach him/her basic manners. I would avoid pet classes.

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