Professional Puppy Training

  • 07/01/2012

Your puppy simply refuses to listen. No matter what training techniques and tips you try to implement, Fido continues to have a mind of his own and insists on doing what he wants. You say "sit" and the dog runs. You say "come" and the dog acts as though he didn't hear you. These situations make you question why you ever got the dog in the first place.

One of the problems could be that the puppy is actually picking up your sense of frustration. Not everyone is cut out to be a dog trainer. If you think you may not be up to task, why not consult a professional dog trainer? After all, it is important that the dog listen to you for his own sake.

If you think that hiring a professional dog trainer is too expensive or a waste of money, you may want to rethink the problem. Professional training costs far less than the problems and complications that can occur with an untrained puppy.

Once you have decided to hire a professional trainer, you need to find one that teaches obedience in a positive and humane manner using training techniques that include praise, food and play as rewards. Never take your puppy to a trainer that uses force or pain to make the dog submit.

When choosing a professional dog trainer, ask breeders, other pet owners and veterinarians for recommendations. Interview several trainers before choosing the one to work with your puppy. Don't be afraid to ask questions, especially ones concerning the type of training techniques he or she uses. Ask for references. A good dog handler should be able to provide numerous references.

Talk to the trainer about the pros and cons of including your puppy in a class situation. Your dog might do better in a private lesson without you or in training lessons that include just you, the dog and the professional trainer.

If you decide to go with a class situation, make sure there are enough trainers on-site to give the help and guidance that everyone is looking for. One trainer working with 25 dogs and their owners is not likely to accomplish much. Your puppy will get a lot more attention when there are an adequate number of handlers available to help those having difficulties with the lessons.

Class situations can be beneficial to dogs that need to be socialised. These classes will provide the opportunity for the dog to meet other people, as well as other dogs.

You will find that trainers offer different levels of lessons. A good dog handler will host classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced training sessions.

It is important for you as the owner of the puppy to reinforce what the dog learns during the professional training sessions. It is a good idea to practise or review the lessons daily. Repetition will help the puppy retain the important lessons.

Don't be afraid to include other members of your family in the training sessions, both at class and at home. This will help the puppy to bond with other family members.

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