You may think you can do it yourself, but many dog owners discover that going to puppy school is a positive experience.
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Having a well-trained puppy brings its own rewards – your dog clearly knows its boundaries, and thrives under such parameters; and you have the confidence of knowing your dog will obey you regardless of circumstance.
For that reason, professional puppy training can be a valuable long-term investment. Going to puppy school serves many purposes: it teaches your puppy specific commands and also teaches him how to learn; it teaches you how to teach; and it teaches your puppy to be comfortable with other people and other dogs.
All in all, it's one of the best choices you can make for you and your dog.
Where to go
To choose a good trainer or training facility, check with your vet and friends for recommendations and then visit. Know the trainer or facility before you lay down any cash.
A simple checklist:
- You're the pack leader, so start early. If your puppy needs extra work, consult a trainer. Time invested in training your pup will pay off in companionship for the rest of your dog's life.
- Don't gauge quality by price. A competent, experienced trainer may be very reasonable in price.
- Trust your initial impression of the trainer.
- Check your puppy's tail – it should be wagging. Is your puppy comfortable? Does he like the trainer?
- Check out the training course and methodology. What and how do they teach? Do they cover everything you want your puppy (and yourself) to learn?
- Check experience and credentials. Is this a summer job for someone or a lifetime passion?
- Is the trainer patient? Different puppies learn at different rates. Some are shy while others are bold. They may need different methods to succeed.
- Observe a class. Both people and dogs should be relaxed and having a good time – smiles and wagging tails all round.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.