Dogs are amazing animals, yet can sometimes be challenging to train. From pulling on their leash to chewing inappropriate items (like their crate or pillow), begging for treats, or barking nonstop; training a pup can be daunting but worthwhile! Here’s our advice: it can take patience, persistence, and positive reinforcement in order to teach proper behaviors to your canine friend. Training can be fun for both you and your pup, but patience must remain key if establishing more complex behaviors like “stay.” Breaking behavior down into smaller steps may also prove useful: instead of asking them to come over immediately when called upon, work towards getting them closer instead; this approach should make things much less daunting for both of you!
Many owners choose boarding and training programs for their dogs to get them trained both on-leash and off-leash, or they’re traveling and need someone to care for their pet while away. Unfortunately, however, not every dog is suitable for such programs – for instance, dogs don’t generalize well so simply learning how to lie on your couch won’t necessarily translate to other places they go.
If your dog suffers from separation anxiety or has other behavioral issues, a board-and-train program might not be as beneficial. If this option still appeals to you, be sure to conduct extensive research on the facility; inquire into their background, training methods and success rates of their trainer; request a tour of their facilities; meet all trainers who will work with your pup; inquire into references from previous clients as well.
One final thing to keep in mind when designing an effective training program for your dog is that success requires both on-leash and off-leash work. Otherwise, their new behaviors won’t have any opportunities to practice outside. Therefore, it is vitally important that you locate a trainer who uses positive reinforcement training techniques on a consistent basis and who is committed to working with both of you in achieving results.
Be mindful that just because your dog displayed certain behaviors while at a boarding and training facility doesn’t guarantee they will repeat them once back at home. Making training effective takes hard work from both you and your dog; prepare to dedicate some of your time after returning from their board-and-train program. A successful program will help your canine become a well-mannered member of the family. Be patient and remain committed, and soon your dog will be well-behaved! Should additional assistance be required, trainers are available – just be sure to discuss any unique requests or needs with them beforehand so they can best help support both you and your pup!