With all the books and DVDs, on dog obedience training, I have purchased and explored I still am baffled by dog training. I keep thinking that I am the one that needs the training more than the dogs do. Both of my dogs are very well behaved. There are certain areas that I wish I had control over them so that activities would be safer for all concerned. Also I would like to get them involved in some activities where I could work off some of their extra energy and key on their breed skills.
Search for Dog Obedience Training Begins
Before the holidays I started to look for a dog trainer to help manage my dogs. Taking the two of them out to walk is something of a challenge. There were many alternatives to pursue such as personal professional training, class training through local area clubs or back to the breeders for obedience and specific retriever training. The local professionals seem to want a good bit of money for one on one session. This may be what you need if you are after control over aggression, shyness or issues that would be uncomfortable or dangerous to start in a class setting. You are hiring a professional to give one on one attention and you should expect to pay an hourly fee for that service. There are local professionals that do classes at certain locations, usually pet stores and are less expensive because of the total fees of the group will cover hourly fees for the trainer.
Local Dog Obedience Training
If you live in an area that has an organized obedience club that has people that are just down right passionate about dogs then you are very lucky. We do have a local club and to start out I think this is the way that I am going to start training my 2.5 year old chocolate Labrador Female “Ellie”. The local club has an indoor facility with classes that take in no more than 8 dogs and handlers. In addition to classes offered to the public they offer intensives for their members that are not open to the general public. Our local chapter does more advanced training for dog sports like agility or training for AKC or UKC confirmations.
Breeder Dog Obedience Training
The last alternative is taking your dog back to the breeders, if this is an option. Down here in the South the dogs that I like are retrievers and there are plenty of gun dog trainers around. Trainers/breeders usually offer two plans for training either they take your dog in to live with them for around six weeks while they train with the owner joining in on the last couple of sessions or complete hands on. I am going for retriever specific training after we get some basics in general commands down first. One of our breeders offers Sunday afternoon retriever training. If you leave your dog with the trainer for a “boot-camp” of dog obedience training remember you are paying for professional attention, boarding and care. As much as I care about my dogs that is a lot of responsibility to take on.
Dog Obedience Training Help on the way
I don’t know how other people learn but hands on is always the best for me especially with a subject like dog training. It seems the reward or correction, depending on the method of dog obedience training you use, needs to be delivered precisely. I have tried the books and DVDs on dog training with some success. I think that personal attention from a trained professional is just what I need right now to be able to handle my dogs and to have them be good dogs when out in public. Stay tuned for my class by class account of dog obedience training class 1 as Ellie and I start to learn.