One of the most rewarding parts of owning a dog is being able to train them. No dog is too old to learn basic training from techniques that you, as an owner, can easily bestow upon them. If you’ve decided to train your dog, there are a few things that you might want to know about before you start, so we’ve complied them into a guide that’s easy to follow.
What to expect when you start training your dog
When you start training your dog, you’re likely to come across a lot of like-minded people who share the same love of dogs that you do. Puppies can start being trained as soon as they have finished their course of needed vaccinations.
You’re expected, as a dog owner, to at least provide your puppy or dog with the basic training they need to be good members of your community. It’s also good for the welfare of your dog, who could end up getting themselves into a lot of trouble if they aren’t trained properly.
Your first step, after you’ve vaccinated your puppy, is to decide how you’re going to train them. Some dog owners decide to train their dogs themselves, others try to find a training company. Both methods have their own benefits, but if you do decide to go down the route of a training company, make sure that they are an approved organisation with different classes and levels for dog training.
Remember that a training class is not always there to train your dog for you. The purpose of many training classes is to teach you how to be fully respected by your dog. You will likely need to be committed to give your dog short reminder sessions each day rather than just simply turning up for classes. This little bit of training every day is the easiest way to help your best friend learn how to behave properly, and your time will be repaid with a lifetime of living with a well-behaved dog.
It’s good practice to contact a training class beforehand to ask if you can watch them in action before you commit to their class. This will help you decide if any particular class is the right environment for you and your dog.
What to look for
Below are several questions you should ask yourself when you’re looking for a training class:
- Do you feel welcome at the class?
- Are the trainers friendly and approachable?
- Are the dogs being trained focused on their tasks?
- Are the owners of the dogs focused?
- Are the instructors encouraging?
- Are the instructors informative?
- Is the environment safe?
Remember to ask the instructors some questions before you make your decision, and visit multiple training schools and classes.
- Never be afraid to ask questions
- Be consistent with your dog
- Set for training your dog and stick to them
- Make sure your dog knows their name and responds to it