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Old 12-09-2012, 09:14 AM   #11 (permalink)
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This thread has been "stickied" at your request!

Marisa, thank you for starting it - there is a lot of good information here!
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:15 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for all of your time and effort that you put into all of this great information.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:21 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks for posting this Marissa! I was wanting a good resource for training!
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:30 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks so much Marisa. This is something a lot of SM people can get useful info from.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:59 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Thank you, Marisa.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:03 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:03 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Great post! Thanks!

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Old 12-09-2012, 01:14 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Thank you so much, Marisa. Great information and so important.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:14 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Thank you so much Marisa!
What a lot of work you did.
It is great to have so much information in one place and will be a wonderful resource for new owners.

One thing that I would like to add is about puppy socialization classes. Many of us have had negative experiences with out little ones. Because they are so tiny as puppies, all of the other puppies are huge in comparsion and it can be really scary when they charge at a little Maltese puppy. It can be hard to find a class that isn't mostly larger breed puppies. I would recommend that you call the trainer before the first class to ask what other puppies will be there, and to be sure that the trainer has an awareness of keeping smaller dogs safe. For example, after our horrible experience, where Daisy was charged by the big puppies, and they all surrounded her in a circle, and she hid under a chair shaking before I got her the heck out of there, in our new class the trainer did not allow the larger dogs to charge at Daisy, and kept her behind a gate during the open play period. She could see the other dogs and they would come over to say hello, but she couldn't get trampled by them. When there was another little dog in class, they would play together in the fenced area. It is so important not to have them traumitized by puppy class! it is supposed to be a positive experience.
Our class was at our local SPCA. Many of them have excellent, positive training and agility programs, taught by certified trainers, and the tuition goes to help the dogs in the shelters.

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Old 12-09-2012, 02:34 PM   #20 (permalink)
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this is a great post thank you !!!!
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