Your puppy needs to be trained, or he will not know how to behave properly. Just like children have to go to school, your puppy needs to learn the basics. So how do you go about finding the right person to train your puppy? Read on to find out.
You can start by training your puppy in the basics by yourself. The first thing the puppy needs is to become potty trained. You can do this by using a crate and some basic crate training. However, what do you do when you run out of ideas and your puppy still has more to learn?
This is the time to find a professional trainer for your puppy. Ask your friends who have dogs, or check with your veterinarian. Your vet has probably had to handle plenty of dogs with behavior problems, so he or she will know some good resources. Your friends also could have some good suggestions.
Just as you interviewed puppy breeders and vets to be sure you were getting the best, you should interview your prospective puppy trainer. Check on how long they have been in business. Since dog trainers don’t have to have any special licensing, it pays to be careful. Don’t deal with a novice trainer. You don’t want them practicing on your puppy.
A puppy can start to be trained at six weeks old. While your puppy is being trained, involve your whole family in the process. Your puppy will need to practice what he is learning, so have your family practice the commands with him. It is sometimes easy to get the puppy to do the right thing in puppy class, only to forget everything when you get home.
Try to find a training class that lets family participate. You might find trainers that have private lessons for puppies, or classes that are just for older dogs. Your puppy needs to learn to interact with you and other family members, not just the other puppies in the class. Also, if you are not present for the training, you will not be sure if the training is of good quality.
Find a class that meets twice a week, at minimum. The best thing would be a class where most of the puppies are near the same age. Be sure to observe the methods of training. If your trainer abuses the puppies or yells too much, find a different class. You don’t want to scare or traumatize your puppy.
If you are not happy with the training, it is best to leave the class and find a better one. Your puppy will be affected all his life by what he learns at this point, so you want it to be a good experience. Why pay for training that is not in your puppy’s best interests? Even if you have to lose money by quitting, it is better to do so if the training is not good.
Puppy training is very important for both you and your pup. Without training, your puppy might grow up into a disruptive and badly behaved adult dog. That could cause a lot of problems for you and your family. So be sure to do the right thing and get puppy training while your dog is still young.