Dog Training Classes: Getting Control Back!
Sometimes, despite the owner’s best efforts, a dog just has no clue when it comes to “obedience”. The dog lives in its own world and does whatever it pleases. Some owners describe their dog’s refusal to housetrain as deliberate or even vindictive, but experts say that dogs shouldn’t be labeled like this. Dogs have the capacity for simple emotions like happiness, sadness, and fear. However, they don’t and will never deliberately displease their owners. Evidence for this is demonstrated all around by dogs that have been well trained at home or at dog training classes.
It is not deliberate:
Any disobedience, aggressiveness or general unwanted behavior in our dogs isn’t deliberate or vindictive, so what’s the reason? To fully understand, we have to know what the root causes are. Below are some of the reasons for your dog’s unwanted behavior:
- Dogs recall past experiences. If they have associated punishment with urination and defecation, then, they may try and hide it, or else get confused at your training efforts.
- Much is down to unconscious training on the part of the owner. Dogs house training during their formative years (which is 3 to 6 months of age) is the best prevention against unwanted behavior. Many of us miss that important time for many reasons, for example we are unsure what methods to use or are unable to get to dog training classes. We should be responsible for our dogs – they’ll always behave like animals no matter how much you treat them like humans. They have instincts and their own set of rules. It’ll be down to you to be proactive in correcting and training specific behaviors.
If some behaviors are so engrained in your dog’s personality that you have trouble taking him out for a walk, or he risks hurting another animal or person, it may be necessary to go to a dog training class. Enrolling your dog in a training class is very beneficial especially if you have no patience when it comes to dog training or your dog’s habits have grown for too long and you just can’t break them on your own. I’ll give you some tips on how to find the best dog training classes.
Just before I do, you should first consider training your dog yourself (if you haven’t already) – there are a wide variety of options each using different methods, tricks and techniques – with astonishing success. Check out some of the courses available on this site for more information or just click here.
Before you get excited about dog training classes and bundle your dog into the car, you should consider the environment that he/she will be in. Making observations and checking out one training class compared to another is time consuming, but at least it will guarantee that you are handing over your pet to the right person. A firsthand observation is better than just picking the nearest or the first centre you come across.
Consider the breed and size of your dog. If you have a large dog, don’t hand it over to a training class that has a really small environment. A crowded environment is not conducive for learning and when it is overpopulated with dogs, diseases can easily be transmitted from one dog to another.
In addition to the environment, dog training classes should only have a maximum of ten pets. Your pet will just get distracted in a large class and sometimes even skilled instructors find it hard to manage a big class. A smaller class is a far better environment for learning social skills. It might also be more specific, e.g bull dog training classes.
The next thing that you should scrutinize is the method they are using for training dogs. If it is through a punishment system, skip that centre and look for another. Always remember that the key for a well trained dog is “Praise not punishment”. Training classes should operate through reward systems. Dogs will memorize the skill in the most favorable way through positive reinforcements. They will associate the reward with the action and will repeat it again.
After scrutinizing the class, environment, and the system of training, now we can examine the instructor. Is he or she professional? One of the most important factors in choosing the right pet training class is the quality of instruction given – it can make all the difference in what your pet learns and how well he learns it. Are your pets given enough time for the training and do they enjoy it?
Being careful with what we choose and whom we should trust is important. Whilst the vast majority of training centers and businesses are good quality run by dedicated individuals, there are always some who are simply after a profit. Even a little homework can make all the difference between attending somewhere that will turn out to be ineffective, and a waste of your time and money, and attending the better quality dog training classes.
Remember though, that dog training can be very easy with the right techniques – be sure to check out some of the guides on this site that can help you do all of this quickly and easily from the comfort of your own home!