16 May 2012
Hi all i just got a great dane pup 5 days ago he is 7 weeks old we are working on potty training and is crate training also. My question is are petco and petsmart a good reliable place to take your dog for training? Also how old should the pup be when they start. This is my sons dog he is only 6 and i want him to be able to take him for walks while i take my other two dogs. I also own an 8 yr old akita and a 3 yr old lab which are not that great on a leash but tolerable lol. Just a bit of info please if you or someone you know has every dealt with these places. ty all in advance
He was on purina one large breed puppy when i got him my other dogs are on canidae going to switch him also but slowly don’t want poopies.
You would be much better off looking for a facility that uses positive methods. In a pinch, Petsmart will do, though.
Do NOT walk him or allow him on strange floors until he is completely vaccinated (usually around 16 weeks). That’s just asking for him to pick up parvo. However, it’s vital that you socialize him well, so do bring him as many places as possible.. by CARRYING him and exposing him to as many people as you can in your home.
As a growing giant breed, you won’t be able to take him on real walks until he as at LEAST one year of age. The forced exercise will play havoc on his joints. Practice leash walking, but do not go on long walks. A bunch of frequent, easy walks would be better. Google "loose leash walking."