How to Find the Best Dog School

Before enrolling your dog in a dog school, you must know the following things, whether you wish to teach your new puppy basic commands or your rescue dog needs some refresher training.

1. Read before you enroll

Dog training is an industry that is not regulated nor licensed. Believe it or not, anyone may claim to be a dog trainer or a canine behaviorist without having any qualifications. Your responsibility is to conduct some research and locate the best dog obedience training school for your furry friend. Consider the following characteristics, according to certified dog trainers, as well as what you need to know about the training process and your dog.

2. The best age to start dog school

Puppies are ready for dog school when they are between the ages of eight and twelve weeks. The age limit is significant since our puppies go through several developmental stages throughout their time with us. The importance of socialization during this stage cannot be overstated. Puppies require many pleasant interactions with people, other dogs, and their environment to develop into happy and confident adults. Puppies are susceptible to their environment, so seek classes with small class sizes (preferably, one trainer per four to six pups) and an experienced instructor.

3. Sniff around

Although Google reviews are a helpful starting point, there is no alternative for visiting a facility and speaking with prospective dog trainers. Any trainer should be willing to answer questions and interview their training methods and techniques. a. Examine their experience with dogs and inquire about how they respond when the dogs don’t get something right and how they respond when the dogs do. Our experience has also taught us that trainers should not be reluctant to incorporate food into their training sessions. Unless animals are working for food, they are likely either full/satisfied or overwhelmed/stressed/frightened.

4. Keep an eye on the trainer

Please note how the trainer interacts with the pet parents and their pets when that is completed. If a trainer becomes upset with a dog who doesn’t “get it” and resorts to intimidation, loud tones, a raised voice, force, fear, or pain, the dog should turn heel and flee. The use of a tool or hitting a dog to halt a behavior is never recommended by a trainer (unless the dog is in immediate danger). These strategies are out of date and are ineffectual in the past. The development of anxieties and phobias, redirected aggression, or suppressed behavior are all possible outcomes without changing the dog’s emotional responses. Using harsh methods, for example, may cause a dog to cease lunging and barking, but he will still be fearful of or frustrated by other dogs if the approaches are applied consistently.

5. Keep an eye on the canine students

To better understand what takes place during a lesson, inquire with the training facility (or the trainer, if they do independent dog obedience instruction) about observing a session. While you’re watching, keep an eye out for signs in the dogs’ body language. Are they wiggly and loose, or are they focused on the trainer? Or do they appear stiff and hesitant? Etc. Those dogs who are licking their lips, yawning, slinking or lowering their bodies, pinned-back ears, or showing a troubled expression are most likely suffering from stress.

6. Check the trainer’s credentials before hiring

Although numerous training programs and certificates are available, there is no guarantee that the trainer will adhere to the code of ethics established by the school or certification. Look for a gentle dog trainer with your dog and who is concerned with developing a trusting relationship with your dog. When you checked all these, you have a far better chance of getting the results you want. Those who have received certification from the CCPDT and the IAABC have agreed to a shared code of conduct that adheres to LIMA training methodology, which stands for Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive. Read the mission statement for certification and check the trainer’s credentials on the website before enrolling.

7. However, you should follow your instincts

If you have a strong connection with a trainer who does not hold a certification, investigate a little further instead of immediately moving on. Ask specific questions to the trainer, such as who their mentors are, what books they have read and would recommend, and what seminars, workshops, and conferences they have attended to learn more about their expertise. Combined with their previous experience and methodology, this information can assist a parent in making an informed decision.

8. How much does dog school cost (Basic training)?

The cost of dog training programs varies based on where you live and what kind of experience you’re looking for. A six- to eight-week class will typically cost you between $100 and $200 per week. When dealing with complex behavioral issues, a private behavior consultation will cost you approximately $300, with follow-up sessions costing between $60 and $100 per hour. That may seem like a lot of money, but it is essential for the long-term well-being of both you and your dog.

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