Dog Obedience Training – What you need to know
Training a dog can be hard. It takes a lot of patience, diligence and consistency. It’s not that we don’t have the best interests at heart for our dogs; it’s just that sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. That is why some pet parents opt to take their dogs to obedience classes. As with most things in life, there are pros and cons to professional training for your dog.
- It can be a great learning experience for both you and your dog
- Your dog gets to practice socializing with other dogs in a controlled setting
- You can find a type of support system
There is a lot to learn from the professionals. Seeing it in person can be far better than learning about it online or second hand from a friend. Your dog gets to socialize and see how certain behaviors are expect from all dogs. Lastly, it can put your mind at ease. At the very least, you know you’re not alone.
- It can be a difficult environment for dogs to learn
- It is sometimes expensive
- Your dog might feel tension from other dogs
While being around other dogs in person can aid in learning, it can also be a drawback. Dogs may have a hard time focusing on command due to conflicting stimuli from the environment. Moreover, owners may be more focused on the teacher or other owners and less on their pets. This can lead to tension between dogs on leashes. It can be expensive and if your dog has trouble around other animals, you may feel that you don’t get your monies’ worth.
It’s best to look into the classes in your area, first. Talk to the instructors and see if you can come by to check out a class (without your pooch). Check online for reviews and then decided whether or not obedience classes are right for you.
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