Puppy training: yes or no?
Once you got a young pup (for the first time), it is a good idea to take it to puppy training. This is a useful experience for both the dog and its owner. Let us explain why.
Why puppy training is a good idea
Frequent arguments against puppy training are:
- I can raise my pup on my own.
- It is too expensive/time-consuming.
- I have had dogs before/have done puppy training before.
These arguments can be refuted. Owning a pup or a dog and raising it takes time and money, this is something you need to anticipate. In addition, it is always a good idea to take your pup to puppy training whether or not you are an experienced dog owner.
Puppy training is useful for both the dog and its owner. You will get to know your dog well during puppy training. In addition, you will also be taught how to handle your dog as its owner. You learn to recognise its behaviour and how to anticipate it.
Benefits of puppy training
Puppy training offers more benefits than that. It contributes to your pup’s socialisation process. Because your dog will be surrounded by other dogs and their owners. In addition, it is a fun activity to undertake with your dog. Puppy training strengthens the bond between a dog and its owner.
What will your dog learn during puppy training?
In order to understand why puppy training is useful, it is important to know exactly what it entails.
- Learning basic commands like come, lie down, sit, how to give it attention.
- Learning how to walk on a leash.
- Improving communication between owner and dog.
- Giving both owner and dog self-confidence.
In addition, you have the opportunity to ask your trainer any questions that may arise as you’re raising your pup. They can provide guidance with bad behaviour, potty training, barking or other issues that may come your way.
What to keep in mind when choosing a puppy training course?
Visit and compare dog schools (without your dog) to see if the teaching style appeals to you. Keep the following things in mind:
- Are the instructors certified?
- Are the groups of the right size? (Max. eight participants per session)
- Is the field calm? (Is there any yelling/a lot of barking)
- Do they recommend coming over to take a look before signing up?
- Are the animals wearing regular collars or harnesses? (No choke chains/electronic collars, etc.)
- Do they offer theory in addition to practical instructions?
- Do the dogs seem happy and relaxed during the training session?
- Are the dogs rewarded for good behaviour?
Check out this website for an overview of dog schools in the UK. Most dog schools also offer puppy training.