When picking a dog obedience class, what should you look for?

You are investing in the future of your dog's life by taking a good dog training class. It is reasonable to assume the money and time you save in just a few lessons will outweigh the costs of a lifetime of training, and ultimately they will save you time, money, and more than a bit of frustration. An ideal class environment provides your dog with some of the socialization he needs and teaches him to respect you even with other distractions around. 

The benefits of obedience training are worth the patience and dedication it takes to train a dog. If you just added a puppy to your household, obedience training may help establish a healthy connection between you and your furry friend. Even though obedience training cannot be achieved instantly, the rewards of a well-behaved dog are priceless.

You can reap many benefits from obedience training, such as strengthening your bond with your dog, teaching your dog social skills, and preventing unwanted behaviors in your dog.  A dog that comes when called may lessen the risk of life-threatening situations from occurring, like being hit by a car or a dangerous encounter with another animal.

Many of the benefits that go along with obedience training can be surprising, but you may wonder how long the teaching process may take. What goals you have for your dog will determine the best choice. If you want your dog to learn basic manners, such as sit, come, or stay, a basic level obedience class is probably best.

Besides basic level obedience classes, you can also take intermediate and advanced courses, but positive reinforcement is essential to train your dog even the most basic commands.

You should choose a trainer and training program you are comfortable with if you decide to enroll your dog in obedience training. Some research is required here, but you may gain some good recommendations from your friends, veterinarian, humane society, groomer, and boarding facility.  If you are looking for puppy training or obedience training for your adult dogs, contact us today for an evaluation.

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    Before choosing a dog trainer or training program, you should ask yourself these questions:

    • What training programs are available? 
    • Does the instructor train the dog with your direct participation or without? 
    • Are classes in groups or with private instructors available? 
    • Which training methods are employed?  
    • What qualifications does the trainer possess?

    Additionally, when entering a training facility, make sure to look for cleanliness and vaccination requirements before enrolling your dog. If possible, try observing a class to ensure that the trainers, dogs, and clients are relaxed during training.

    Where Do You Find Professional Dog Obedience Trainer?

    It would help if you were sure to find the appropriate training class and trainer because the dog training industry is not regulated. Anyone can call themselves a trainer or an obedience instructor, so you should do your research before enrolling in a program. 

    If possible, observe a few lessons before getting started, and meet the instructor beforehand, if possible. You can receive an evaluation at no cost to determine whether we are the right fit for you.

    These are some questions to ask an instructor or class when evaluating them. Most answers should be "Yes."

    Does the instructor have previous experience training dogs? Watch an instructor with their own dog or dogs if it is possible. If it is an adult dog, how well behaved is he? Does their dog usually obey? 

    What does the trainer do if they make a mistake? If they have a puppy, are they patient but firm when handling him? A course instructor who uses overly harsh methods, such as hitting, shoving, screaming, is unlikely to help you train an appropriately behaved dog.

    Is the instructor's experience teaching obedience classes a good indication for knowledge or good teaching skills? Your obedience trainer should have some experience either teaching or assisting another instructor.

    Does your trainer seem to have a lot of experience with dogs and dog training? 

    How many seminars, workshops, and advanced classes did they attend? 

    Do they read and attend workshops to stay current on the ever-growing body of knowledge about the way dogs (and people) learn? 

    Can they apply the knowledge learned, or are they more theoretical?

    Is the instructor good at communicating? 

    How well do they listen, and how clearly do they respond?

    What is the instructor's attitude toward dogs, people, and teaching? There is nothing worse than an obedience trainer who is unenthusiastic about teaching.

    What is the trainer's flexibility? Good trainers adapt to each dog's needs and help you figure out what works best for you and your dog.

    How Do You Choose the Right Obedience Class?

    It is also a great idea to check out the training facilities: 

    Can there be more than ten dogs in the class? If so, will the instructor have a qualified assistant? Will you receive individual help if you need it? Are there any drinking and urinating areas nearby? Is there enough space to accommodate the class? 

    Have guidelines been adopted to protect your dog's health? Every dog should be required to show evidence of vaccination, obtaining proper vet care, and being reasonably clean and free of fleas. 

    What policies and processes are present to maintain you and your dog's safety? Dogs can be aggressive towards other dogs or people during your class, or an owner may not have the capacity or patience to control an overexuberant or big dog. Instructors should be ready and even willing to take precautions to prevent other classmates from being injured or frightened.

    Many obedience trainers like to demonstrate different training techniques in their classes, which usually doesn't cause any issues. But if you are unsure about allowing an instructor to take your dog away from you, be sure to say you'd rather not. And if you're uncomfortable with the instructor's knowledge, attitude, or methods, make sure to find another class. 

    Having your dog distrust you and others worsens your credibility and results in you and others losing control. Even if you walk away from a part of the class' cost, that's better than damaging your dog's self-worth and confidence in you.

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    In working with your dog, we will teach them to:

    Come when they are called
    Stay in Place
    Behave correctly
    Achieve control off-leash
    Understand boundaries
    Become socialized

    We Will Help Your Dog Stop:

    Jumping Excessively
    Pulling on the leash
    Nuisance Barking