Why is Puppy School Important?February 11, 2016
Have a new pooch? Isn’t he the cutest, most cuddly little thing? Well if you want him to grow up as a well-mannered and obedient dog then you need to go back to school.
Why should I?
Most new puppy owners don’t realize how important it is to register your new pooch in puppy classes. New owners need guidance to help raise their new best friend. These classes cover everything from vaccinations and health care to feeding and daily care. It also allows your dog to socialize with other dogs – a huge part in raising a healthy pet.
A well socialized dog makes a great companion and is not aggressive toward or afraid of anyone or anything it would come across in your day-to-day life.
What to look for in a puppy trainer
- Good people skills – one that’s easy to understand and has great listening skills. Believe it or not, it can be hard to find. And remember, they are teaching you and your dog!
- Uses positive methods to correct negative behaviours – this is hard to do but makes a huge difference in the long-term effects on how your dog responds to you.
- Offers client references – the best way to get some insight on any good or service is through other people.
- Has liability insurance – this is critical to ensure that you and the trainer are covered in the case that anything happens with your dog.
Manage your expectations
When you decide to register in puppy school be sure that the expectations are clear. You want to have a structured course that plainly outlines what is being delivered and what the results will be upon completion. Realize that a big part of this process is socialization, so puppy play is strongly encouraged!