Puppy training is crucial for many reasons. It helps build communication and trust between you and your puppy, teaches the puppy life skills, helps alleviate stress and helps you identify and manage behavioural issues early, among other benefits. However, several puppy trainers exist, making it quite challenging to find the right one, especially if it's your first time. In addition, not everyone is willing to take their puppy in for training. And while this may prove costly down the line, it can be attributed to being less informed about puppy training. For these reasons, here is all there is to know about puppy training.
Set Training Goals
The first step to getting the most out of your puppy's training is to set clear goals of what you need. Typically, puppies receive training on a wide range of areas. Therefore, being clear about what you need to train your puppy will go a long way in helping you find the right trainer and training class. If you have no clue about this, your puppy trainer (once you find one) can take you through the steps and help you understand the training your puppy needs. For instance, it could be basic commands, leash-walking, potty-training, impulse control, housetraining, polite play, socialising, etc.
Choose A Class
Finding the right puppy training class can be challenging. Therefore, take your time to evaluate this carefully to ensure you find the most suitable class for your puppy. One practical way to do this is to ask for recommendations from your vet. Generally, most vets are knowledgeable in all aspects of pets' wellbeing, including training. Therefore, they may know or even work with puppy trainers, so asking for recommendations can help you narrow down your options.
Friends, family and neighbours can also share their recommendations. However, these alone may not get you the best puppy trainers. Do some research yourself by reading online reviews, asking to watch classes first to get an idea of what it entails before signing up, checking trainer certifications, etc.
Don't Rush It—Be Consistent Instead
Patience and consistency are the keys to successful puppy training. Because of their age, puppies may make mistakes and take some time to get used to the training and start learning from it. Therefore, be patient and don't give up if it appears to take longer than you'd hoped. Instead, remain consistent in your training schedule. It will also be best if you are involved in the classes if you have the time. Doing this can help you to extend the training at home for faster results.
For more information, look into puppy training programs near you.