There are a variety of dog training techniques that are being taught around the world. It is important to know which techniques you will be learning and applying with your dog before signing up to any dog training classes.
Obedience will fix a good number of behavior problems without your having to resort to gimmicks or expensive sessions with a behaviorist just to fix one issue at a time. By teaching your dog how to think and make the right choice, you can virtually eliminate problem behaviors such as inappropriate chewing, lunging at other dogs, certain types of aggression, barking, house-soiling, door-charging and running away. The key to remember is that obedience is only one piece of the puzzle: your dog also needs appropriate structured physical exercise and socialization in different situations and your overall relationship.
Some dog trainers emphasize on being a strong pack leader and being the alpha in the household. This modern training has been around for the last century and will work with most dogs. But in some cases, these training techniques may involve punishing your dog when he does something wrong. If you are not comfortable punishing your dog or if you are looking for a more humane way of training your dog then you will want to look for reinforcement training or clicker training. These training techniques involve using positive reinforcements like treats, toys and praise to reward specific behaviors that you like.
The second aspect to look for is to see whether or not the trainers actually achieved the results that they are promoting. If they say that you can train your dog to do all of the obedience training in eight weeks, make sure that you look at their credentials and see if they have officially won any obedience titles or have achieved credible certification. Another element that will tell you if their dog training classes are good is by what their former students say about their experience. Usually a dog training company or school will have testimonials on their website. Read them all and see if anybody has had similar problems with their dog as you and if they were able to successfully resolve them.
The cost is an important aspect of choosing the right dog training classes, it is not necessarily an indicator of how good the company or school is. The best way to find out if a prospect company or school is worth your investment is to call them and to ask them questions. Great dog trainers will always try to help you over the phone even if you haven’t yet signed up to their dog training classes. That is because the goal is to help you train your dog and not to get you to sign up to the class.
Once you find a company or school that you feel comfortable with, make sure that you stay within your budget. Usually dog training classes begin with one puppy class and will have several grades of obedience training. It is important that you calculate the cost of each dog training class ahead of time to make sure that you can afford it.
Overall, the decision on choosing the right dog training classes is totally up to you. If something doesn’t feel right about a trainer, then trust your intuition and keep looking. If you try a class and you don’t like it, ask for a refund. Most companies will honor a refund request if it is requested after the first class.