So, you just got a new dog and are wondering which training method to use and what commands to teach first. Maybe you are torn between doing it yourself and hiring a dog trainer. There’s one thing you will be glad to know, whether it is an adult dog or a puppy – most four-legged family members enjoy training. What’s more, the process improves the bond between you and your furry friend. Let’s delve more into this topic.
Choosing a Dog Trainer
With countless dog training methods, it can be challenging to figure out the best. You are not alone if you are a bit confused because even the pros in this field argue about what is more effective or ethical. Most methods have commonalities or are used altogether for the ultimate results. Before choosing a dog-trainer, first, determine what you would like your pup to learn. If your dog is not an extreme case, then there is no need to start with simple commands like ‘come,’ ‘sit,’ or ‘stay’. Note that some dog trainers do both rehabilitation and obedient work while others provide just one. Your ethics and philosophy will matter as well. If you feel bad about choke chains, you might have to pass a trainer that uses them. The good news is that there is a world of options out there for dog training.
Choose a trainer that supports your values and make sure they are certified. Some dog training professionals are talented but don’t have certification. Research on the guidelines and standards that the trainer must be accountable to. If possible, get referrals and find out what previous clients have to say about a trainer. You want to have an overall idea of their teaching methods, reliability, and manners. You also want a trainer who will include you in the training process. Work closely to identify behaviors that need to change, either on your side or your dog’s.
Is it Too Late to Train a Dog?
While some older dogs take more time to learn, it is never too late to train them. You can always teach them new tricks, retrain, or help them unlearn undesirable habits. When you introduce new commands, be sure to include things that will motivate the pooch. Use primary motivators like food, and secondary motivators such as physical affection and praise. At any given point in a dog’s life, it is possible to instil new concepts and modify behavior because canine friends are quite adaptable.
The Impact of Dog Training
Dog training has a great impact on both physical and mental stimulation. The ultimate goal is to make your pet have more self-control and become more obedient. It should thus be part of life if you want to live with a balanced and happier furry pal. However, it is not very effective on dogs with neurological disorders and physical limitations. In some rare cases, dogs may be predisposed to particular behaviors and they have a hard time adjusting to new commands. Training may help to overcome poor genetics.