How Should I Train My Dog?

Do you have a new puppy you’d like to train? Alternatively, do you have an older dog that has picked up some bad habits along the way? If so, then you’re going to want to read this! Learn what you need to know before training your dog, as well as why this is one issue where it makes sense to employ a professional.

What Should I Know About Dog Training?

If you’re considering training your dog, there are a few different things you should know:

  • Some Breeds are Easier to Train than Others. If you’re a parent, this might not come as a shock. Some children are simply easier to raise than others. Well, the same holds true when it comes to dog training. For example, while Border Collies and German Shepherds are generally regarded as easy to train, breeds like Bulldogs and Beagles have a reputation for being more difficult.
  • Dog Training is Worth It! Dog training is a fun bonding experience between pets and owners. Furthermore, not only will training eliminate undesirable behavior, but trained dogs are 6 times less likely to be surrendered to a shelter. In the long run, a well-behaved dog means less work for you.
  • Small Steps are Best. Rather than expecting your dog to display perfection right off the bat, be aware that training is a process that requires patience. It’s best to start small. For example, you should aim to teach your dog to sit on command, rather than expect him to sit—and then stay seated—for long periods of time.

What Types of Dog Training Methods Are There?

There is a lot of differing advice out there about the best way to train your dog. Some people will suggest leash corrections and scolding for naughty behavior. Other people will tell you that it’s best to ignore bad behavior. And still others will suggest that you have to teach your dog that you are the alpha of the pack.

While there are plenty of different methods you might use, remember that the most important thing to know is that you should reward behavior you like and avoid rewarding behavior you don’t like. For example, you could reward good behavior by offering your dog a treat each time he sits on command.

Likewise, if your dog jumps up on you because he wants attention, avoid showing him any until he gets down. By doing that, he’ll soon realize that “bad” behavior doesn’t get him what he wants. Although these tactics might sound simple, they’ll start to shape your dog’s behavior IF you respond consistently.

Why Do You Recommend Professional Dog Training?

Unfortunately, many pet parents who train their dogs on their own abandon the process when they don’t get the results they desire right away. That’s why it’s really a good idea to see a professional.

Professional trainers are well-versed on dog learning and behavior, so they can definitely make the process go more smoothly. With expert advice, pet parents are far more likely to follow through with training, rather than giving up when things get challenging.

At Beechwold Vet, we offer a number of different training courses in our 1600-square-foot training center—everything from puppy obedience classes to agility and confirmation training for show dogs. To learn more about our various training programs, click here.