You Gotta Have Class

October 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Got Class?

Got Class?

 

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers states “Training has been shown to be the single most important thing that keeps a dog in his or her ‘forever’ home.”

Being a trainer at a local animal shelter, this is a fact that touches my heart: “forever home” ….priceless! There are many reasons for taking your dog to a training class, aside from the obvious one of having a well-trained dog. Here are a few to consider.

Communication. When you can give your dog clear instructions, you are much more likely to get the behavior you want. Many of us assume that the dog knows our intention, knows what is expected of him long before he actually does. Because something is clear to us, doesn’t mean it is clear to the dog.

Confidence. That sense of accomplishment. We all know what that’s like. The chance to be a rockstar instead of a deadbeat. When your dog experiences the praise and success of getting it right, he feels a lot better about the world around him.

Bonding. Working with your dog toward a mutual goal is a wonderful way to bond. You both share the same objective of understanding one another. It’s not enough that your dog understands you. You need to understand your dog and ways he may be communicating with you. Might be a new perspective for many of us.

Tools. Learning new skills can help your dog deal with difficult situations. Having a repertoire of coping skills (deference behaviors, desensitization, etc.) can be a valuable asset in helping your dog respond well to certain triggers that might otherwise elicit unwanted behavior.

Real Life. In the classroom, dogs are learning to focus on you, amid the distractions of other dogs and people present. This provides a more realistic environment than training in your living room or back yard, and then expecting the same results when you walk out the front door.

Socialization. This should not be understated. Working, playing and learning around other dogs and people is very important for dogs to get used to. There are classes available for dogs of different sizes, at different levels of training, addressing specific issues, etc. You can always find something that fits the need for you and your dog.

Relationship. And it doesn’t stop with obedience! Don’t forget the classes available for fun and games: sports classes, competition classes, tricks classes, you name it. Taking a class “just for fun” goes a long way to building a strong relationship.

Dogs are never too old to learn. And a well-trained dog can easily be taught the rules of the household and behave as well as every other member of the family. Training builds confidence, improves communication, enhances your mutual bond, and adds enrichment to your dog’s life. So…why wouldn’t you?

Please check out our Positive Reinforcement classes offered at Woods Humane Society, or find a positive trainer in your area. …and keep it fun!

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