Training Tips For Your Your Puppy

Are you looking to train your puppy? Everyone who has ever owned a dog, sat with a dog or contemplated getting a dog should be ready to train it. Dogs, like children, don?t ?come out of a box? trained and ready to go. If you see a well-behaved dog on the street, know how many hours were put into care for that animal to teach him or her how to behave. They were given a lot of care and consistency to shape them into an animal that is confident, secure and behaved in any situation. Formal training is one of the greatest ways to help your dog. In addition, it?s a great bonding experience between the two of you. Here are some dog training tips.

1) Assess your own dog and see how good he or she is with training. If your dog has already picked up on sit, stay, paw, then quite possibly he?s ready to take more training from you. It could just mean a little more time a few time a week to get him trained on more commands. If you insist on a certified trainer, be sure to find out their cost up front and what exactly they do. The trainer should not only work with the dog, but teach you how to continue with handling. Training does no good if your dog only listens to the trainer for the hour that they are at your house. You want to follow through with the same commands so your dog learns them from his life-long partner?YOU.

2) Watch how the trainer works with your dog. Is the trainer attentive? Is the trainer firm, but not forceful? If a trainer raises his voice to a dog or is too harsh, get rid of them! I recall taking my dog to a new vet once for a second opinion about a surgery. Like any good dog owner, I asked a wide variety of questions about after-care and who my dog would be with overnight. The vet said he didn?t have a nurse there. I politely, but firmly, confirmed, ?So she?ll be alone all night after surgery?what if something happens? If she rips a stitch or something?? The vet suddenly barked at me, ?If you don?t like how I do things, you can take your dog somewhere else!? Needless to say, I did. He was apologetic almost immediately after his outburst, but he had said enough. I was out of there WITH my dog. A dog is a family member and expecting professional care is not negotiable?with trainers, vets, or anyone who plans on touching my dog.

3) You also should ask for some references when you find a trainer you are interested in. Although there are no official regulations, most trainers have some kind of course work or certificates that give them experience in dog handling. The International Association of Canine Professionals offer outstanding certification programs.

4) Training should begin when your dog is a puppy. It?s much easier to shape a dog from the start, rather than to have to un-train him from bad habits he?s picked up and then re-train him. Give your dog the best advantage by getting him training right away. Train him to do the ?right? thing so the positive reinforcement is naturally built into your relationship.

5) Whether or not classes should be individualized or group training sessions is up to you. Both have their advantages. If you choose a group training session, you have the added benefit of socialization. This is a huge plus, especially if there aren?t a lot of dogs for your dog to hang out with during his everyday life. I loved taking Janey to classes because she had very few dog friends to learn to socialize with. It got to the point that the ?training? was almost secondary in her classes. Individualized care can really help if you have a specific concern that you need work on with your dog. With group training it may be a bit more difficult to catch the trainer/s after class or before to give you specific tips.

Either way, get your dog trained! It will help you to bond with your ?good? dog because you won?t be frustrated at chewed up furniture, pet-stained rugs or too-harsh nips at your hands. Help shape your dog into a responsible member of your world right from the start. You?ll be glad you did!

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