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Consider Dog Training Classes For Your Dog

Updated on January 28, 2010

When you start taking your dog to dog training classes, there are some things you should keep in mind regarding your future instructor and the format of the class.

Because these classes are designed to instruct your dog in the proper way to behave and you'll likely receive a certificate acknowledging that your dog has passed the course, the instructors are often very strict about what behaviors, methods, and acts your dog and you both can do.

Instructors Of Dog Training Classes

There are some instructors who allow treats as rewards and others that do not. Whichever style you end up working with, remember that you should stay consistent to best serve your dog, following the instructions of the dog training class instructor at all times.

There are other, less intensive dog training classes and instructors out there as well. Instead of expecting you to adhere to a strict set of guidelines, these classes are more geared towards general instruction of how you can further teach your dog on your own. Without the importance of a certificate looming over the classes, they are often cheaper, fuller, and less personal in nature.

Philosophies Of Dog Training Classes

There are also different philosophies of dog training. Some dog training classes rely on positive reinforcement, hence the treats being allowed. Others however are stricter and believe in having a firm hand and dominating the dog to teach them obedience. In these instances, instead of treats the trainer will use different jerk and pull methods to physically train the dog. There are some trainers who openly disregard the use of domination methods to train a dog such as shock collars and physical teaching.

For those of you with a puppy out there, there are dog training classes geared at your young ones. These puppy training courses are often for puppies only up to a certain age and offer a chance for your puppy to play and socialize with others, an extremely important part of the growing process. A very few training exercises are usually included in these courses as well covering the basics such as leash etiquette and sitting.

It's important when choosing which dog training classes to attend that you know exactly what you want from your instructor and check them out before hand. If you prefer a happier, more involved instructor, look for in depth obedience classes that promote positive reinforcement. Check for other attendees' feedback and don't rely on their own advertising. Also, sit in on a training session or check out the facilities. Do not take your dog to an empty garage or shop for training as these are not professional facilities.

Also make sure that there are no children playing with the dogs and that the classes are inside so the weather does not interfere.

Choosing The Right Dog Training Classes

Before choosing the right dog training classes for you, make sure you know exactly what you want from your instructor and that that's exactly what you're going to get when you take your dog there. It's vital to give your dog's obedience classes as much attention as you can, lest they fail to learn the necessary skills to be enjoyable in the future.

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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      quicksand: HOWLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! :)

      Sandyspider: I agree. I've been around some really badly UNtrained dogs and it is not a pleasant experience.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I think it is a must to train your dog right.

    • quicksand profile image

      quicksand 

      8 years ago

      Woof?

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