Whether purchased from a breeder or adopted from a local shelter, your puppy or even an adult dog for that matter, will not come equipped with perfect manners. This seems to come a surprise to many new pet parents. While certain breeders take the time to get their new litters started on at least a couple of behaviors, they are not required to teach basic manner behaviors to your new puppy. Teaching basic obedience is not a priority in shelters because there is simply not enough manpower. The reality is that pet parents need to take the responsibility for training their own dogs.
There are a variety of training options for pet parents to consider. Depending on what works best for them and their families, the training options include group classes, engaging a private trainer, a day-training or board & train facilities. I personally prefer group classes and/or private sessions over the day-training and board & train options. As a dog trainer I like to engage with the dogs and their humans in group classes or during private sessions. As a dog owner, I like to actively participate in my own dog’s training so I can take the accountability for my dog’s progress. You’ll need to figure out what works best for you and whatever option you choose be sure that the facility is run by and employs certified trainers, and that they use rewards-based training. See previous two blog posts for more information.
Regardless what option you select, the fact of the matter is you will need to set aside some time to train your dogs. And here is the thing, you DO NOT need to dedicate hours per day to train your dog; 15-minute mini-training sessions is plenty of time to practice with your dog. Here is how I break it down to my clients:
About the Author
Tatiana Yastremski, M.A. CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, IAABC CSB-D, is Knowledge Assessed, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed Certified Canine Behavior Consultant, and IAABC Certified in Shelter Behavior, specializing in dogs. Her dog behavior and training experience is very diversified through her work with shelter dogs and private training. In her dog training business, Totally Trainable, LLC, Tatiana's objective is to help humans and their dogs build a bond of trust through positive reinforcement training, clear and succinct communication, patience and love. Tatiana specializes in aggression, reactivity and fear-based behaviors.