Training Your Dog

A rewarding part of dog ownership is successfully training your dog. Training is an excellent way to bond with your dog and will help you build a good relationship with them. It is especially important, if possible, to start training with your dog when he or she is a puppy. This will make training more successful right from the start and allow your pup to retain the new information more easily. January is National Train Your Dog Month, so why not join in on the fun?!

Whether your dog is young or old they can all benefit from learning some basic commands. Dog training classes in a group or private setting can also be beneficial. JenLovesPets now offers dog training with a qualified professional. We are here for all your training needs, whether your dog could benefit from learning not to pull on a leash or that brand new puppy who could benefit from learning new skills and tricks.
To break it down for you, there are many types of pet trainers and many different areas in which they can specialize.

Some trainers specialize in helping with behavioral issues such as excessive barking, aggression, anxiety, and general destructive tendencies like chewing furniture. A dog training instructor helps owners train their pets and gives them the tools necessary to perform with an animal trained to do a specific task. They can allow you and your dog to create trust in one another and teach you how to walk your pet properly. They also can help with basic commands such as, sit, stay, leave it, and lay down.

 

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Knowing these commands allows you and your pet to create a safe, trusting environment that can be beneficial in everyday life but also in stressful situations, whether you encounter another aggressive dog, accidentally getting off-leash or out of the house, and general safety and control. Dogs are intelligent creatures and most love to learn which is why training can be a great way of preventing them from getting bored.

All training should be reward-based. Giving your dog something they really like such as food, praise, or their favorite toy as a reward, means that they are more likely to repeat the behavior again. It is important to find out what your dog really likes and what their favorite things are. Always start lessons for new tricks in a quiet room away from any distractions.

Break training up into short yet frequent sessions so your dog does not become overwhelmed. Always remember to be patient and finish on a positive note.

Training takes a lot of time and patience so make sure you stick with it and be consistent. Just how children do homework, training needs to not only be done with a qualified professional, but it also needs to be done at home for success and retention.

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