When you take your pet to a dog boarding school, expect that he’ll be taught a variety of essential commands and techniques. These make life easier for you and your canine. There are so many decisions that a dog owner needs to make before enrolling his dog in boarding school. For example, how early should the training start? What type of obedience training will the dog get?
The best time to start training is when the puppies are between 8-12 weeks. This is because they haven’t formed any habits yet. When it comes to choosing the right obedience school, word of mouth recommendations may help. Here are some of the things that you need to look at:
- Do they have proper credentials?
- How long have they been operational?
- Are they a good fit for you and your dog?
What should you expect after your dog joins obedience school?
Dog boarding schools offer intensive training and may include several training sessions in one day. The trainers have 24/7 access to the dogs so they can work with the dogs in multiple situations. The dog may also work with a specific trainer during the entire boarding period or with different trainers.
After the dogs have already been through beginner classes, they should learn how to:
- Sit, stay, lie down, etc.
- To come when called upon
- Not to pull the leash while walking
- Not to jump on other dogs or people
- Not to chew on furniture
The dog trainer will advise you on how to motivate and reward the dog for good behavior. He/she will also let the owner know what to expect of the dog in certain situations. A responsible trainer will always be straightforward about the work that needs to be done to maintain the dog’s training.
The pros and cons
Do dogs really need obedience school? Absolutely! Are there pros and cons? Again, yes.
Just as is the case with other things, dog boarding schools have their ups and downs. We’re going to explore the pros and cons. Take a look to decide whether this is the right kind of training for your dog:
- The dog receives intensive training from a skilled professional
- You won’t have to go through the time and stress of multiple training classes
- This program is especially beneficial for dogs with behavioral problems
- The owners won’t be learning alongside their dogs, and this makes it challenging to stay consistent once the dog comes back home
- The trainer has limited time to achieve so much
- You will be away from your dog for a couple of weeks, depending on the outcome you are looking for
- Owners have very little control over their dogs’ treatment while they’re out of their care
- The training programs are quite expensive
Using positive reinforcement methods causes the dog to be eager to participate in additional training and proofing sessions. The pets also respond excitedly to their new commands and work enthusiastically with you at home and in public. On the other hand, dogs that suffer through painful or intimidating training methods are likely to be timid and submissive. It’s up to you to decide the kind of training to give your dog.