Above is a puppy that came in for a Bow Wow Boot Camp right after attending a training camp with another well known trainer who told the owner the puppy was stupid! This puppy was extremely smart, able, and willing to learn...and he did!
As a pup parent, dog training is something that’s probably crossed your mind. Deciding whether to hire a trainer -- and who to work with -- is a big decision, and it’s a commitment on your part, too. That’s why it’s important to do some research on dog training before to invest your time, money, and energy.
From making the initial decision, to hiring the right expert, to learning some basics of dog body language, it’s important to cover your bases before you begin working with a trainer. But as you begin doing some preliminary research, this is a great place to start!
Top Dog Training Tips That Experts Use Themselves
While experts recommend getting personalized advice from a dog trainer instead of trying to do it yourself, there are some general training tips that every pup parent should know.
For one, positive reinforcement (as opposed to negative reinforcement like scolding and punishing) is much more effective. Keep in mind that our four-legged friends enjoy burning energy and staying mentally stimulated, and turning training into a game makes learning fun!
Also, knowing a bit about dog psychology and canine body language is key. When you can understand what your pup is “saying,” you’ll be able to respond and communicate in a way he understands.
Here’s Why You Should Hire A Dog Trainer
Whether your four-legged friend is generally well-behaved or he’s got some work to do, every pup parent should consider working with a professional dog trainer. That’s because an expert will work with you and your pooch from right where you’re at.
Since no dog is perfect (much like us humans), chances are, there is some behavior that can be improved to make both your lives better. It could be something as simple as being nervous around other dogs while on walks, or as complex -- and potentially dangerous -- as offensive aggression. In any case, a professional can help you uncover the root cause of the behavior, which is where your training will start.
And don’t forget: No matter what you’re working on, training is wonderful mental stimulation for your pup and provides a great bonding experience for the two of you!
Dog Training Is Money Well Spent
While it may be tempting to try to train your dog yourself, working with a professional is an investment worth making. After all, you’ll save time, money, and may even avoid heartache in the long run when your dog is trained the right way the first time!