We get asked this question a lot. Too often, people do not spend the initial time training there dogs thinking that they will just grow out of any inappropriate behaviour. This is when the real problems develop as the dog has had a great deal of time to practice these behaviour, so it makes our jobs more difficult to retrain the dog. It is possible, but it requires much more work on our part. We often don’t see the dogs until things have really become a concern. By training and socializing your dog early on, you are preventing many problems from developing down the road. A certified trainer that uses positive methods will show you how to properly teach your dog, help you understand how to better communicate to your dog, learn how they communicate, and overall develop a strong, positive relationship.
Taking obedience classes and training your dog is something that the two of you will do together, as a team. By working together, the two of you will bond more closely, learn more about each other and enhance your relationship. Training is one of the most important things you will do with your dog, regardless of their age, breed or size.
Training is essential in allowing us to understand our canine friends and to help them better integrate into the human environment. By taking obedience courses, you will learn how to communicate with your dog and acquire the tools to understand your dog’s behaviour. Through reward based training, your dog begins to understand what is acceptable behaviour, as well as being given the opportunity of socializing and learning some new tricks.
Training builds better behavior. The more reliable the dog, the more freedom he can be given. A trained dog can go camping and hiking, participate in dog sports and activities, volunteer as a therapy dog, enjoy off leash parks as well as go with you anywhere that dogs are welcome. The joys and benefits of training are numerous and far outweigh the time spent doing it. When done in a manner you both enjoy, training has no downside.
Obedience training could potentially save your dog’s life. For instance, if your dog is running towards a busy road, a reliable recall can be used to get them back to you. Another example may be having a solid ‘leave it’ or ‘drop it’ command for a dog who is about to, or has put something, harmful into their mouth.
Costs for obedience classes range in price. dogma recommends that you plan on taking a minimum of two obedience class sessions with your dog to ensure you both have obtained the appropriate foundation for reliable, life-long skills. The bottom line is that dog obedience training truly benefits everyone and this far outweighs the low cost of training classes.