Dog Training Education Month – February 2019

February is dedicated to dog training education month the importance of starting it when your dog is still a little puppy.

So you decided to get a dog, picked it up from the breeder or the shelter and brought it home. After two days of him/her adjust to the new environment you realize it’s a little rascal that wants to chew on your couch and slippers. What should you do? Proper dog training.

In honor of Dog Training Education Month, we’re here to talk about the importance of training your dog. It’s not just about obedience – proper training can help keep your dog safe and healthy too! We’ll give you some tips on how to get started, as well as where to find more information if you need it. So let’s get started – happy training!

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What Does Puppy Education Classes Entail?

Starting with puppy classes will teach your little rascal how to communicate with other puppies and dogs (early socialization is key to proper development), with new people and new unknown places. These puppy classes can be very helpful when it comes to teaching your pup not to chew on anything and how to properly use to potty pads. These classes will help your puppy become a well-mannered, socialized and behaved dog.

Having a good behaved and trained dog is a lifelong investment. Being able to go anywhere with your well-behaved dog is priceless. And let’s not forget, dog’s love to please and to respond to commands. So teach your dog lots of commands and have fun together.

Our Top Dog Training Tips

There are several steps to dog training: teaching the dog to not see certain objects as prey, teaching the dog not to eat fish bones or other dangerous things, teaching the dog not to roam away from home and teaching the dog basic commands such as sit and stay.  

Research show that dog breeds with high energy level need more exercise than usual while their owners train them.   Owners should start with simple commands like “sit” (to make sure your pet doesn’t get bored), then move on slowly with “stay” (keep in mind that dogs learn faster when everything is fun) and “leave it” (if dog treats are laying around, dog will try to eat them).  

One common mistake dog owners make is that they get easily discouraged because dog training seems difficult at first.

Dog Training Techniques and Choosing a Dog Trainer

On the contrary to what most people think dog training can be three very different things that dog owners do for their pets. They are management, obedience, and behavior modification.

These three dog training techniques are all legitimate dog training methods, but they are in no way similar in what they entail or how they should be performed by dog parents with their dogs. The biggest issue with dog owners is not knowing which type of dog trainer to look for when faced with a problem since there’s such a wide array of trainers available online and offline that use these terms interchangeably only further confusing the average person who has little-to-no knowledge in animal training.

Also dog training is not always about dog obedience, there are many issues that dog parents face everyday and they need help with problem solving such as barking problems, dog separation anxiety, dog leash reactivity and more.

This is where dog behavior modification coaches come in to play since management and obedience don’t solve every single problem dog owners may have even though they are an integral part of dog parenting.

Happy Dog Training Education Month!

If you liked this article, check out the “Urban dogs” infographic on our blog.   Indeed dog training takes a lot of time and patience, but it is also very rewarding for dog owners.