There is nothing worse that rushing to get dressed for the office and finding your good pair of shoes all chewed up. Unless of course, its coming home to find pee puddles and poop hills all around your living room. And when was the last time you had friends over without them being attacked or slobbered by your unruly pet? If you have had it with doggie nightmares, then maybe its time to call in the experts in dog training.
Owners who want to personally train their dogs but cannot do so for whatever reason, are beginning to appreciate the mighty services of trainers who are hired to teach your pet. These professionals (either individuals or company connected) train your dogs for you while you sit back and watch the progress from the comfort of your very own home. Yes, in home dog training is the answer but what are the questions? Here are the five important things you need to ask before launching into the world of canine home education.
How high up the obedience ladder is your dog? If your pet knows the basic commands down, then you should consider training him yourself. The owner is always the best person to teach his own. However, if you really don’t know the first thing about dog training or have no chance to do so, then have the professionals take a look at what can be done to Fido as soon as possible.
Where are all the excellent trainers? You can find a great trainer by asking friends and neighbors who can truthfully say that their pets are better beasts because of that special dog whisperer they?ve worked with before. Or if they don?t know anybody, somebody in their circle would have a name to recommend. Check the internet for companies or individuals who offer what you need. They will have a page that lists their rates and a menu of services that you can choose from. You can study which of these options will give you the best value for your money then book an appointment with them.
What do I need to look for in a trainer? More than anything, this person will be handling your dog so make sure that his method of teaching is firm but never violent; kind but always in authority. You can ask for referrals of his past work. To not give you one for whatever reason raises a red flag?all successful trainers will be proud of the examples that will speak for his expertise in the industry. There are no official animal training licenses required by the government but a CDT or CDTA certification received upon graduation of International Association of Canine Professionals are great qualifications to have.
Should I enroll him in individual or group classes? Naturally, if you can afford it a one-on-one session between dog and trainer will help the animal learn faster because he has the full attention of the trainer. However, if you have enrolled him in a group class?it can work out well also. Your pet will have a chance to develop his social skills?an important aspect of dog training as a whole. An experienced professional can effectively customize his teaching to suit each dog?s educational need. If you do opt for group classes, form one with dogs that you know are well taken cared of. These canines will be playing and roughing it out with each other often and you want to avoid any situation where fleas and infections can take place.
When should training begin? Right away! Ideally, training puppies should begin as early as 8 weeks old. However, you can always teach an old dog new tricks. If you are prepared, your dog is in attendance, and you have a competent trainer, then sky’s the limit! Through in home dog training, you can have a trained dog the safe and convenient way.
Author: Geraldine DimarcoThis author has published 13 articles so far.