The Benefits of Joining a Dog Obedience Group or School
A well-mannered dog is a pleasure to be with.
Not only do they display good manners with other
people, pets, and in the home, but walks become
more enjoyable, and knowledge of basic commands
helps to keep them safe. Joining a dog obedience
group, or school, is one of the best things you
can do to help teach both you and your dog how
to work well together. Obedience
also helps to further strengthen a positive bond you
have with your pet. Some of the advantages of a
joining a dog obedience group include:
- Professional guidance. Dog trainers have
seen many different dogs and how they behave and
react to various training methods and rewards. They
can assess your dog and guide you to the best way
to train your dog. Although it might sound funny,
dog training isn't just for dogs - it's also for
training people on how to manage their dogs!
Socialization. Your dog learns how to
behave appropriately with other canines and people.
- Opportunity to observe and learn. You
will be able to watch how other people handle their
dogs, and learn from both their successes and their
mistakes. Since every dog is different you can also
see what other people are using to encourage and
reward their pets for appropriate behaviour.
- It can save you time, money, and aggravation.
It can be very frustrating for pet owners to try to
teach their dogs or correct 'bad' behavior when
they're not certain how to do so. Punishment won't
get you far... positive
reinforcement training tends to yield the
best results, as well as maintains the good relationship
you have with your dog. Plus it's much more fun for the dog!
- A classroom or group setting allows for interaction,
fun and games. Dog training should be positive
and upbeat. With all the other dogs and their people
in the class together, there's opportunity for
playing games that can help to reinforce appropriate
- Specialty classes can "home in" on
a behavior problem. For example, there are classes
specifically for reactive dogs, for puppies, and for
older dogs. Many specialty classes are even smaller in
size to allow for more individualized attention as
Dog obedience groups have many benefits - but of course,
one of the keys is to find the right trainer! For more
information, please see the article,
to Find a Dog Trainer.