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Hello All,

We are looking at bringing a trainer in to our home.  However, we are having a hard time deciding which one would be good for our dog and ourselves.  I was wondering if anyone could give a recommendation (southeast mi) or look at these websites and give an opinion.  Thanks.

 http://www.michigandogtrainer.com/

 http://www.barkbusters.com/

 http://www.k9homeschooling.com/Home-k9.aspx

 http://www.dogtraining-behaviorproblems.com/

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I guess barkbusters is a corporate gig...?  Eli's parents used them to help with Watson and they spent some $$$ and the only thing they got out of it was to be told to neuter Watson and let him wait before you go out the door.  So, from that experience, I'd say don't bother with them but the individual trainer might be better in your area...

What exactly are you looking to do with the trainer..? Just fine tune some things?  Or a specific problem?  I'll look at the other websites on my way home, but would like to know so I can form a better opinion.  

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Yea I got some mixed reviews about bark busters and decided to skip on them.  I would hate to shell out 500$ bucks and get nothing at all.  We did some more research and found a individual trainer.  Most of our problems are just annoying puppy antics like jumping on people, counter surfing, barking, etc. 

Thanks for the advice

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How about just a regular puppy class?  For basic, common behaviors I don't think there's a need to shell out big bucks.  They're all pretty easy fixes if someone shows you exactly what to do.

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I agree w/ Kevin.  A basic puppy class will show you how to tackle those unwanted behaviors and is fun for you and your dog, at the same time.  You can further your doggie education with expensive trainers at any time, but the basics are pretty much the same, no matter where you go for training.  Sit, stay, come, leave it....not really all that hard to master if you have someone showing you the right things to do and most imporantly, what NOT to do.  Hope you find a good trainer or training facility. There are lots of them out there.

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Well we have already done a puppy class and a beginner obedience class.  Athena is very good at sit, down, stay, come, leave it, drop it, and about 20 other commands.  It is her household behavior that drives me nuts.  Counter surfing, barking, digging, jumping on people, stealing things, etc.  We have been working and working and working on these things with very little advancement so obviously we are doing something wrong.  She always does wonderful in any class setting....she's just like a kid well behaved when any one is watching but when the doors close she throws a tantrum! LOL  hopefully by bringing some one in will help us learn how to fix these issues.