After I adopted my first puppy, I didn't train him very well. I was too afraid of him getting "mad at me" to scold him when he did naughty puppy things, like chewing up my shoes. I thought he would grow out of some of his bad habits, but it didn't seem like he was. I asked another dog owner at the dog park for advice, and he told me that dogs really enjoy being trained, and proper training actually makes them happier. After that conversation, I started taking my dog to a local training center and he seemed to really love being there! He soon stopped his bad habits and even learned fun tricks. I want to share my dog training tips with anyone out there who needs them and help everyone learn that a well-trained pet is a happy pet!
Does your dog need training? Does he or she have some bad behaviors that you can't shake? Or have they shown signs of aggression that need to stop? You may want to consider a dog training board service. This is a service where you send your dog away to a kennel to be trained. The training can last from a few days to several weeks. During that time, professional trainers work with your dog to give them good behaviors and habits. There are many different types of dog training board services. Below are a few questions to ask to help you find the right one for your pup:
What is the trainer's style?
There are many different ways to train a dog, meaning there are trainers with different styles and approaches. Some trainers use punishment as reinforcement to get the dog to obey. Others use positive reinforcement to reward good behaviors. Positive reinforcement is often more effective in the long run. Negative training that focuses on punishment tends to create fearful dogs. This could lead to unwanted aggression later. Also, remember that you must continue some of the training after your dog gets home. You may not be comfortable punishing your dog regularly. With positive reinforcement, you reward the dog for the behaviors you want him or her to continue. This may be more sustainable for you to continue over time and more humane for the dog.
Is it on-leash or off-leash?
The most basic level of dog board training is on-leash. In this setting, dogs learn to walk on a leash and follow basic commands. Again, it is all on the leash. Off-leash training teaches dogs commands and obedience off the leash. This can be helpful when your dog returns home because they will know how to behave at all times, whether you're playing in the yard or just relaxing at home. The most comprehensive training programs teach both on-leash and off-leash behavior.
How does the training continue at home?
The training board program will accelerate your dog's learning but will go to waste if you don't follow through with training at home. Your trainer should provide an at-home regimen to keep your dog well-behaved. This may involve spending a few minutes a day going through commands. It also may involve walking on a leash and practicing good behavior. Ensure your trainer provides detailed instructions on continuing your dog's training after they return home.
Ready to help your dog become more obedient and well-behaved? Contact a dog training board program near you today to start the conversation.