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Professional Puppy Training

Sep 2nd 2011 at 1:45 AM

Your pet simply refuses to listen. It doesn't matter what training techniques and tips you try to implement, Fido continues to have a mind of his own and insists on doing what he wants. You say “sit down” and the dog runs. You say “come” and the dog acts as though he did not hear you. These circumstances make you question why you ever got the dog in the first place.

One of the problems could be that the dog is in fact picking up your sense of frustration. Not everyone is trained to be a dog trainer. If you think you may not be up to the task, why not consult a specialized dog trainer? After all, it is vital that the dog listen to you for his own sake.

If you feel that hiring a professional dog trainer is too expensive or a waste of money, you may want to rethink the problem. Expert training costs far less than the problems and complications that can crop up with an untrained puppy.

Once you have opted to hire a expert trainer, you need to find one that teaches obedience in a good and humane manner utilizing training techniques that include praise, food and play as rewards. Never take your puppy to a trainer that uses force or pain to make the dog give in.

When choosing a specialized dog trainer, ask breeders, other pet owners and veterinarians for recommendations. Interview quite a few trainers before deciding on the one to work with your puppy. Do not be afraid to ask questions, especially ones relating to the type of training techniques he or she uses. Ask for suggestions. A good dog handler should be able to provide several references.

Discuss with the trainer about the pros and cons of including your puppy in a class situation. Your dog might do better in a private lesson without you or in training lessons that involve only you, the dog and the expert trainer.

If you choose to go with a class condition, ensure there are enough trainers onsite to give the help and guidance that each one is looking for. One trainer working with 25 puppies and their owners is not expected to accomplish much. Your puppy will get a lot more attention when there are a sufficient number of handlers available to help those having difficulties with the lessons.

Class situations can be useful to dogs that have to be socialized. These classes will provide the opportunity for the dog to meet other people, and also other dogs.

You will figure out that trainers offer different levels of lessons. A good dog handler will host lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced training sessions.

It is vital for you as the owner of the puppy to strengthen what the dog learns during the professional training sessions. It is a good option to repeat or review the lessons daily. Repetition will help the puppy retain the important lessons.

Don’t be afraid to include other members of your family in the training classes, both at class and at home. This will assist the puppy to bond with other family members.

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