Choosing The Right Dog Training School For Your Dog

When looking for a dog training school, it's important to determine what type of training you'll need for your dog in the first place, especially if you are a new dog owner who doesn’t know what to look for in a training school.

Most dog obedience training schools offer basic obedience training to more advance training such as agility, hunting and retrieving.

However before you go on to enroll your beloved dog to just any dog training center, it is always a good idea to contact your local veterinary clinic or friends for recommendation in your area.

Once you have decided on a particular dog obedience training school, pay a visit to the school and talk to the administrator or the trainer about your expectations.

If possible, bring along your dog to the school so that he can get familiar with the overall atmosphere of the school. Your dog need to be happy and feel at ease at the dog training obedience school, otherwise any training efforts may be a waste of time and money.

While at the training school, do ask and also check for the following:

Does the school or trainer

  • allow you attend or watch a training session?
  • have a limited class to allow for individual attention?
  • have a curriculum class or is it a drop-in type class?
  • have separate classes for puppies and adult dogs?
  • have different class levels e.g. beginner, intermediate and advanced?
  • have enough room for run-throughs?
  • have equipments that are to regulation and humane standard?
  • required proof of vaccination?
  • have any references from satisfied clients?
  • compete for titles?
  • train you to train your dog?
  • actively use positive methods to train dogs?
  • work on obstacles and sequencing?
  • have a philosophy that coincides with your own?
  • teach the style of training you believe in?
  • treat dogs gently?

Many dog owners find choosing a dog obedience training school similar to deciding on a child’s education so you have to research on the school and then list your expectations. Meet with the trainers, attend a preview lesson and ask questions particularly on the type of training they are providing in the dog training school and only then will you be able to decide if that is the best school for your dog.

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