How to Find a Suitable Pet Training Program

by Adriana Noton - Date: 2010-10-11 - Word Count: 597 Share This!

Everyone wants to have their animals be well-behaved. But let's face it, we don't all always know how to get that done ourselves. Or maybe you want your dogs to go through specialized pet training. Here are some tips on how to decide on a good program.

To start off, you will want to know exactly what your goals are for your canine. As there are many different types of training, you'll want the one that is right for you. Are you interested in puppy training or basic obedience? Perhaps you have an older dog that you would like to have trained in protection work, herding, flyball, or even search and rescue. You must make sure you have a clear idea of what you want before you can really get started.

Would you like to just be helped and guided through the process but doing the actual training yourself? Or would you rather put your dogs in the hands of a professional and let them take the lead? There are certainly people that are willing to work with you on both ends of that spectrum. Both have their pros and cons. However, you have to know ahead of time which you prefer or which you feel would be better for the animal.

Both private and group lessons are available, depending on what type of schooling you are choosing to do. Basic obedience classes in a group setting are quite numerous and easy to find. Working within a group comes with the advantages of helping your pet learn social skills and letting you learn by watching the others as well. But if you want more direct attention or are shy about mingling with other owners, private lessons may be better for you.

Once you have decided all of these things, it will be easier to find someone you potentially want to work with. Once you have a person or place in mind, give them a visit. Watch them teach a session if it is possible. This will give you a sense of how they operate and if it seems right for your dog. The same thing applies if you are looking at a facility, you want to get a tour around to see conditions. Talk face to face with the instructor as soon as you can to give yourself a better idea who they are.

Before you begin lessons, you really want to be sure the instructor you have chosen has plenty of good knowledge and experience doing whatever it is you're wanting. This is key to the success of any training program. Within this field, there are many different types of certifications that are obtained through different types of apprenticeships and schooling. However, there is no requirement to be certified. More important is their knowledge, practical experience, patience, and kind techniques.

There are several methods of training out there, and you need to be familiar with which of those your new teacher uses. Marker or positive reinforcement involves using a clicker to mark to the dog the exact moment he is performing the correct behavior then giving a treat. Praise training means the animal is physically put into the desired position, then praised. Lure-based techniques lure the canine into a position or behavior using food. All of these methods are viable and safe for your pet if done correctly, but you should be aware under which they operate.

If you can remember these tips, the search for the right pet training program for you and your dogs may not seem as daunting a task. Once you've made your choice, prepare for lots of fun!

Puppy training can be frustrating. Dog training requires discipline and consistency. When experiencing problems, consult a professional.n
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