OBEDIENCE CLASSES

Choose an Obedience Class That's Right for You and Your Dog

​Choosing the Right Obedience Class

  • Quality obedience instructors are knowledgeable about many different types of training methods and use techniques that neither the dogs nor their owners find consistently unpleasant.

  • Good training methods focus primarily on reinforcing good behavior without force or physical confrontation. Use of shock collars, choke chains or pinch collars or using collars to lift dogs off the ground (“stringing them up”) are not appropriate nor humane training methods.

  • Quality obedience instructors communicate well with people and with dogs. Remember that they are instructing you about how to train your dog.

  • Specific problems you may have with your dog may not be addressed in a basic obedience course. If you’re seeking help with house soiling, barking, aggression or separation anxiety, ask if the course covers these issues – do not assume it will.

  • Ask the instructor what training methods are used and how they (the instructor and staff) were trained. Also, ask to observe a class before you commit to one. If you’re refused an observation, or if your observation results in anything that makes you uncomfortable, look elsewhere.

  • Avoid anyone who guarantees his or her work; whose primary methods focus on punishment; or who wants to take your dog and train him for you (effective training must include you and the environment in which you and your dog. interact).

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