It seems as though free puppy training tips are everywhere you look these days - from books to television and the Internet but the question is, do they work?
Well, sometimes they can but following the wrong advice could set you and your puppy up for a long road of frustration. Rather than go down an unknown path, consider some of the information presented here and perhaps you might look at things in a different way when you're done.
That's our hope at least!
Training a Puppy...
Although the notion of dog training seems simple on the surface, oftentimes nothing could be further from the truth. Normally sane people are pushed to their limits little pup that often weighs less than a 10 pound dumbbell.
If you find yourself in this situation you may want to consider getting some professional help. As the old saying goes, free advice seldom pays. Rather than trying some of this and some of that you may want to seriously consider finding a certified dog trainer.
8 Things to Look for in a Personal Puppy Trainer
When searching for puppy training help, you want to try and find someone who has a well-rounded knowledge of puppy behavior problems, how to correct them and praise/reward your puppy properly when they do.
» Find an instructor who can put themselves in your shoes
» Your dog trainer should believe that what you are trying to do is the right thing » They should work to understand your puppy's personality and figure out what the dog is trying to communicate
» They should have the confidence to know to if they cannot help you » He or she should try and help you understand why your puppy is behaving unacceptably
» The puppy trainer should do his or her best to help you understand your puppy's thought process and teach you how to understand it
» If possible, find someone who can help you structure your home and schedule your time for optimal puppy training
» Above all, try and find a trainer who can help you learn patience and tolerance while your puppy is going through the learning process
What about Group Puppy Training?
There's no doubt about it. Group puppy training classes can be a lot of fun. After all, what could be cuter than a room full of puppies all eager to learn. The atmosphere is just filled with excitement. However, these kinds of training classes for dogs can also be a pet owner's worst nightmare. The difference lies in the instructor that is leading the class.
Therefore, when considering a group puppy training class you'll want to check out different classes and talk to each instructor individually. When you do there is a few questions you ought to consider asking:
How many puppies are usually in the class and are they divided in any way (such as age or by level of achievement)?
A good rule of thumb is to not enroll in group training with large numbers of puppies. If you can help it try and find some that are limited to six puppies or less per session. Also, with regard to class levels, try to find places where they have a logical progression from puppy preschool to puppy kindergarten to puppy grade school to puppy high school and finally to puppy college.
Do you have experience with a wide variety of puppy breeds?
The primary reason you want to know the answer to this question is to determine whether or not any bias towards one particular breed is present in the instructor. There's nothing wrong with breed-specific instructors per se it's just that you want to seek out dog trainers who are more focused on your puppy's unique personality rather than the type of breed that they are.
What kinds of things are taught in the class?
Of course you want to make sure that all of your basic dog training commands such as heel, sit stay, come and down are all covered. In addition, your instructor should be able to give you advice on how to incorporate these voice commands in your everyday life. This is just common sense stuff when it comes to training a dog.
Where are the classes held, inside or outside?
If possible, you'll want to take your dog training classes in a place that offers access to both environments. Training a new puppy can be challenging enough. The last thing you'll want is a situation where your dog hasn't been exposed to a number of different conditions.
Is there a makeup policy offered?
On occasion, you might miss a class or two so you want to know what the company's policy is with regard to catching up.
Using Books and Videos for Training Puppies
If you've read through this entire article and decide that you don't need a personal dog trainer or puppy training classes then an option for you might be puppy training books or puppy training videos.
However, be advised that there are almost as many different strategies for how to train a dog as there are methods that people use to get it done.
A good approach might be to ask someone you know that was successful with using these tools and a do-it-yourself approach before diving in to the vast sea of puppy training information. After all, you only get one chance to do it right so you should take the time needed.
Successful puppy training will set up a respectful behavioral relationship between your puppy and you for his entire life. Hopefully, we've given you plenty of food for thought about some of the best ways to begin training your puppy.
Therefore, the next time someone tries to offer you free puppy training tips, you can thank them but think twice about taking their advice.