Are Professional Dog Training Classes Worth It?

By Lambert Vet Supply | 3/1/2022 | Posted to Dog Behavior
Are Professional Dog Training Classes Worth It?
Have a new dog and you are debating on training methods? We live in a DIY society at a time when we are doing the very least of ourselves. In fact, that’s why DIY is such a popular thing, because we so routinely have someone or something else take care of something for us that when we do it ourselves we need to be able to categorize it as a separate accomplishment. 

DIY dog training is certainly possible and there are plenty of resources you can reference to ensure that you are getting the best guidance. However, the fact remains that just like with making your pizza or your coffee, it seems to be better and faster when you let a professional do it. The same goes with dog training classes. 

Why Dog Training Is Needed 

The fact is that dog training is needed for one very important reason, you need it more than the dog. The dog is an adaptable animal. It’s going to learn from its environment and create the best and most comfortable life it can based on its options. They have personalities, they love to relax and explore, run around a bit and have fun. They need to be trained but you could benefit from some training yourself. 

What Is Covered By Professionals 

Professional trainers are people who have years of experience, not only with carry for dogs, but also with training them. These professionals understand that you have to connect with the animal in a certain way to ensure that they respect your commands and also your reaction to things. An animal is going to make mistakes, not as many as people but still some, and the best way to stop them is to vocally let them know to stop or that you are displeased. Physical violence never works and only hurts the animal. Your commands need to be respected and followed and here’s how a trainer can help you with that: 

  • Communication: You cannot speak to a dog the same way you speak to a person. You have to be able to communicate with them in ways that allow them to understand. This includes body language like moving your arms, standing still and so forth. The first step to communication is to make sure the animal knows that when you are talking, it should be listening.
  • Routine: Believe it or not, the easiest way to communicate is with routine. Even people who do not speak the same language can communicate if they know what the other person is doing or needs based on routine. How do we know that a baby needs to be fed at four in the morning? Because they set us to a routine and we learn quickly. Establishing a routine with your animal is a way they will begin to understand your commands and what you are expecting from them. 
  • Expectations for both: An experienced trainer is also going to add the benefit of setting expectations for both you and the animal. How long should it take for commands to be learned? How can you reinforce the lessons at home? How do you ensure they are following your commands? How can you make alterations to the routine if needed and not have issues? These are all things the trainer can help you learn. 
  • Connection: Going through this experience together is another thing that will benefit you and your dog as you both will learn together and spend time together. It’s important that the animal sees you as part of their life as far as they will be living with you and spending a lot of time with you rather than you just being someone else who is temporarily with them. 

Working with someone who has been through this themselves is important, not only in making sure the training goes smoothly, but also ensuring that you are not developing bad habits. Remember, dogs will behave as their owners let them. They need to be well cared for but you will shape their routine and lifestyle. 

How To Work On The Training 

Training is key to having a successful relationship with your dog. You should take care of it as soon as it makes sense to. However, once completed you need to continue working on the progress that’s been made. This will ensure that the effectiveness of the training lasts longer, making the communication even easier for you and your dog. Here are some things that you can do together: 

  • Practice: The best way to get something down is to practice it. This will make the efforts routine and easier. It will also help the animal to bond with you even more and help you develop patience with them as well. It’s a great thing to do whenever you have at least a half hour or so to spend with the animal. 
  • Stick with same commands: If the trainer used certain commands, try to keep track of them and use the same ones. Remember, all language comes down to understanding the intended meaning of a sound. That’s what your animal is trying to do, understand the intending meaning of the sound you are producing. That’s why you need to commit real time to helping them learn by using the same commands. 
  • Connect with other dog owners: You can use social media, blogs or forums, visit dog parks and plenty of other things to connect with other pet owners. The reason this is a good idea is because they can give you some tips on how they worked on the training of their pet and may even be able to recommend some reliable classes you can take. 
  • Do one activity together each day: Whether it’s walking in the morning, when you get home from work, throwing the ball around, practicing tricks or something, you need to invest some time with your pet each day. It really makes a great deal of difference when the animal gets special attention rather than just being one of the group. Anyone in the family can give that direct attention as long as it’s given each day. 

Giving your dog the time and attention needed to make them feel loved shouldn’t be difficult. The fact is that this strategy will also reinforce the training classes as it strengthens the bond you and your pet have. Work with a professional to start and take advantage of the things they can show you. This will ensure a smoother transition and make things much easier.
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