There are many canine obedience schools and specialty training centres in most urban areas. It can be very difficult to know what to look for in choosing one. It is essential to decide what you want to achieve out of attending puppy obedience education.
And it’s a good start to ask yourself the following questions:
1. Would you prefer a one-to-one setting, or group lessons? One-to-one coaching is significantly more expensive than group lessons. You should consider the budget that you have set for the coaching program.
2. What is the aim of attending puppy obedience training? Is it for puppy socialization? Is it simple general training, such as walking to heel, sitting etc.? Do you intend to compete in obedience trials? Are you interested in any specialist disciplines; i.e trick training, Heelwork to Music, agility?
3. What type of atmosphere would you like? Would you like to join a proper “Dog club”. They have many types of associated social activities and competitions? Or are you just looking for somewhere to train your dog once a week?
Once you have a good idea in your mind of what you are looking for, then you’re ready. Start contacting relevant dog obedience schools to find out whether they meet what you’re looking for.
It’s a good idea to visit the chosen obedience schools, attend a lesson (without your little friend), and talk to the trainers. You should trust your instincts when deciding. You and your dog need to fit into the training classes and enjoy working with the trainers.
What To Look For
A serious consideration in your decision should be the methods of training used by the dog obedience schools. Look for trainers who believe in kind, positive methods of training.
Dog trainers who encourage the use of choke chains or any kind of rough handling, should be avoided at all costs.
There are professional associations, regulating some dog obedience schools. You may prefer to choose a dog obedience class that is regulated by one of these associations.
However, do remember that there are lots of good obedience schools that may not be registered with the associations. Don’t remove them from your list only for that reason.
The most important factor in your choice needs to be how comfortable you are with the trainers and your classmates. If your not enjoying the process, your trainee is going to feel it and neither of you will learn.
Remember To Have Fun
Training your new puppy or a new rescue shouldn’t be a chore. If you are not enjoying it then neither will your little Harold. Dogs can sense our emotional states and do feed off of them.
Make a game of your training. Both of you will have so much more fun because of it. The time will just fly by.
And keep any training sessions to about 10 to 15 minutes. You can still have several trainings a day. Even get the kids involved. After all, everyone has to be on the same page when dealing with little Harry.
Good Luck with you and your dog’s training.