My dog is over a year old and he is absolutely CRAZY. I’ve tried to train him myself, but he’s just too hyper and it hasn’t worked. Know of any good training classes or videos that you have had success with? I don’t want to have to pay an arm and a leg, either.

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  1. Pawsitive Thinking

    This is my methodology of how to get your dog in balance and to listen:
    S.C.A.L.E©
    S.ocialization – Meet all kinds of people, animals, and start habits (brush teeth same time each day)
    C.ommunication –2 second rule – all feed back within 2 sec
    Voice tones; command voice and praise
    Commands are one word only, no repeats
    A.ffection – Health of the dog and affection from Dogs view
    L.eadership –
    NO FREE LUNCH
    NO DOGS ON FURNITURE
    LIMIT ACCESS TO THE HOUSE
    HUMANS THROUGH DOORS AND STAIRS FIRST
    E.xercise – Dog must have enough physical and mental exercise
    Physically means more than walks; a dog often needs running and dog to dog off leash play (dog parks). Some dogs need 1 – 2 hours.
    Mental – Dogs need dog puzzles and interactive toys
    The book -SIT, DOWN, STAY; DOG TRAINING SO EASY A HUMAN CAN DO IT
    teaches more about this methodology, and it was written by a dog.

  2. hunterdo

    Go to http://www.akc.org or http://www.ukcdogs.com Look in their club listings. You should be able to find a local obedience club. Their class fees are generally less than Petsmart/Petco and they train in a full sized ring, not a small enclosed area.
    The instructors will be people that have trained for a few years before they became instructors and have showed their dogs in obedience trials. Most clubs require that the instructors earn the obedience title for the level they are teaching.
    The club I belong to, http://www.tulsadogs.com have several instructors with 20+ years of experience. A few of our instructors are licensed AKC or UKC obedience judges.
    The instructors at the clubs are not paid to teach. They do it for the love of dogs and to pass their knowledge along.

  3. WP Robot Plugin

    Unfortunately, “Uncle Matty” encourages people to hit their dogs and force them to do things. Not recommended!
    PetSmart is a good place to begin, do 8 weeks of Beginner there and then see who’s around your area. Check out Agility, Obedience and Rally places. To find them, go here:http://agilityevents.net/
    and do a search for events by state, and/or do a Google search for “dog agility” plus your town, or the largest town closest to you.
    Videos are great but nothing beats a real live instructor. It’s tricky to manage a wild dog (!), treats, the leash, and a clicker AND also remember what you need to do!
    Videos:http://clickerdogs.com/books.htm
    any of these would be good but Crate Games would be the best
    andhttp://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fuseac…
    Good luck!

  4. Dr. Quackenbush

    I found Uncle Matty’s training videos helpful.( about $30)http://www.unclematty.com/
    The animal channel on cable runs Good Dog U. It often has some helpful tips and information. check your local listings.

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