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I have a young aussie puppy who already knows sit and lie down (learned it in a day) now we just need to learn stay and come. However I would like to sign up for a petsmart training class but don't know what class to choose, since she knows most of whats in puppy ed and beginner. I was thinking about intermediate but she's only 11 weeks old. However 'I don't want to shell out $109 for a 6 week class where she knows half of it already. I don't have alot of money to take all the classes and my pup learns really quick. Also if I did puppy ed id have to wait until the end of the month and who knows by then she might have a good grasp on stay and come. Should I try signing up for intermediate which we can start next week?

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My advice would be to take a puppy class. Your Pup needs to learn in an environment with distractions, just like real life! A puppy class will have other dogs (a HUGE distraction), people and sounds and your aussie will learn to perform with all kinds of things going on. If not you may end up in intermediate class saying "well he sits at home" a whole lot! In the next 3 months he will go through a few changes behavior wise (nipping, jumping, barking ect.). Welcome to puppyhood! It'll be nice to have some guidance through this time. You could also work hard on your own, maybe at a dog park or anywhere outside with distractions really and go into intermediate in a month or two.

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Before signing up your dog for Petsmart classes please observe the class a few times to ensure the instructor actually knows what he/she is doing. The one at my store is pathetic and doesn't know the first thing about dog behavior. I feel sorry for the people who waste their money on that class. Talk to your vet, groomer or local animal shelter and see if they can recommend a real dog trainer to you. I'm not sure what credentials the trainers at petsmart have, if any.

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Have you practiced any of these commands outside of your home? And if not, have you at least tried having someone squeak a toy or something while practicing? Sure your puppy may have a good understanding in a calm environment without any distractions, but the training classes at PetSmart focuses on getting the dogs used to listening to commands even with other distractions such as other dogs, people, sounds, and other chaos going on around them. Also how is loose leash walking going? If the puppy doesn't have a good grasp on that, the puppy would be sorely behind if you tried putting it in an intermediate course.