Puppies For Sale: Choosing Dog Obedience Classes
Looking to buy a puppy for the first time but have a couple of concerns about training? It may be worth investigating dog courses that focus on obedience training.
There are a number of skilled dog trainers offering their services, but if you’re considering training dogs with a little outside help, it’s important to choose the right teaching environment for your needs.
Learn more about dog courses and choosing dog trainers in the guide below.
Training Dogs: How to Choose Dog Classes
1. Early training can make all the difference in curbing any bad behaviour your new puppy may be exhibiting. Attending a couple of ‘beginner training’ sessions will help your puppy to learn the basic commands that are the foundations of all later training techniques – dog trainers will be able to teach your dog commands such as 'Sit’, ‘Stay’ and ‘Roll Over’.
2. However, don’t sign up for dog classes unless you have complete confidence in the dog trainer’s methods. If possible, ask to drop in and attend a lesson before agreeing to part with any money – a reputable, successful dog trainer should have no qualms about this request. Observe the trainer and class attendants and gauge whether the training seems to be having some effect.
3. There are also a couple of other factors that should influence your decision – these include the size of the class and the age of the other dogs in the class. Ideally, your puppy needs to be trained alongside other puppies (an older dog may be distracting and intimidating), and class sizes should be no larger than six people – any larger and the dog trainer will not be able to focus on your individual needs.
4. Dog trainers should always use positive reinforcement; the carrot rather than the stick. Training dogs is a skill that requires patience and determination, and an innovative trainer will look for positive methods to encourage a dog to behave rather than implementing punishments.
5. Finally, once the lesson is finished, it’s important to stick to the training rules suggested by dog trainers – to get value for money from the course, it’s important to avoid slipping back to bad habits outside of attending dog courses. If possible, ask for written tips from the dog trainer that other family members can follow, as they could indirectly be influencing the dog’s poor behaviour outside of lesson time.
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