DIY Dog Training disaster? Can we raise a well behaved dog on our own?
December 4, 2013 8:02 AM Subscribe
Partner and I are first time dog owners getting our puppy this January. Some unfortunate circumstances have come up and now we may need to change our plans for dog training and I need to know if that is ok or not?
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Partner and I are both (generally) intelligent, competent people doing STEM graduate work. We've been planning for years to get a pup, our pup is born and paid for, he'll be coming home with us in January. Pup is a welsh pembroke corgi. Partner grew up with a dog, this will be the first dog for me.
We've been reading and learning everything we can (monks of new skete, victoria stilwell, loads of other stuff) and I really feel like we've got the basics down in terms of basic puppy training, socializing, and housebreaking. Between the two of us, we'll be with the pup nearly 24/7 for the first 3 months. And with our flexible schedules and no children now or ever, we will have a lot of time for interaction with our dog, and he will be the most important thing in our lives besides each other. He has in crate and playpen set up in our study, where we spend nearly all our time at home.
Our breeder, from the start, has really strongly pushed the idea that we should pay for a certain trainer. His training costs nearly $1000. We met the trainer and he seems really great, some mixed yelp reviews about him, but the recommendations from other people we've met who've used him have been very good too. So since the beginning, we've been planning to use our tax return on this trainer even though he is very expensive.
Only now we've had some major unexpected medical expenses come up, and we need that tax return money to pay doctor bills. Of course, all interactions with your dog are training them, but now we are going to need to do the formal training to. We'll have at least 20-30 minutes to dedicate to this every weeknight, and several hours each day on the weekends.
I need a reality check: is this a disaster in the making? How possible (or likely) is it that two dedicated people can raise a pup into a well behaved adult dog without a professional trainer? Should we go into (more) credit card debt to get a professional trainer? Did you manage raise a dog well without a professional trainer? What resources should we be looking at?