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- Dog training takes energy, patience, and dedication and some people don’t have the time or inclination to do it themselves. What you’re looking for is a well trained, well adjusted dog and
a happy owner.
- Finding a professional dog trainer is the answer, but understand that you will have to be involved at sometime, after all it is your dog, and it’s you he needs to interact with. Do your research carefully as costs and quality trainers can vary. Some trainers will have their own ideas on how a dog should be trained. Some can be quite radical so be sure you know what you’re letting your dog and yourself in for before you start.
- Sometimes you can come accross free training lessons but you get what you pay for and this will depend on geography, trainer experience, length of program and how much you expect form the
- Some training programs are weekly, others more often. You may have to leave the dog and pick it up later. Or, more likely, you may join a program where the training involves you directly. Most will suggest that you spend some time training the dog every day, whether at home or at the trainer’s facility. You will need to be committed. Dogs, especially early in their training, need regular, large blocks of time and attention in order to learn. An hour a day is not unusual.
- Boot camp training programs are popular. The dog goes away to a special facility for up to several weeks. The training is regular, long and intensive and the results are often very satisfying. The dogs, when they return, are disciplined, eager and enthusiastic to follow instructions.
- You’ll want a trainer whose philosophy makes sense to you and matches your goals. Some insist that dog training is more about training the owner than the dog. Some are lenient and friendly,
Others are more strict and demanding, but many are somewhere in between these two types.
- It’s not likely that one training style will be right for everyone, but there are common principles that most will agree on. Patience, persistence, consistency and the need for the human to lead are only a few of these.
- Ask for recommendations from those you trust and don’t hesitate to shop around. Be prepared to change trainers if the first one doesn’t meet your needs, but remember dogs need consistency to
learn what is being taught.
- You’ll find that most trainers have massive patience, boundless energy, and a deep love for dogs. So when you’ve chosen your dog trainer put your trust in him or her and be guided by what he or she advises and your dog will become a pleasure to live with.