Training any animal can be a daunting task, and dogs are no exception. After all, they don’t speak our language. However, it’s something that needs to be one of the top priorities for pet owners, right up there with health and nutrition. An untrained animal never truly learns boundaries and will struggle its entire life to sort things out between right and wrong. That lingering uncertainty and frustration takes its toll on everyone involved.
If any dog training process had to be described in a single word, “communication” is the one that truly fits the bill. No matter what’s being taught, you can’t expect to make a lot of progress if you and your dog aren’t on the same page. The human may be the one dishing out commands, but there’s feedback coming back up the leash in response to each and every little aspect of a session. It’s very much a two way street. Learning to read that feedback and then using it to shape your training techniques is the secret to success.
Luckily, training and communication skills aren’t something you need to be born with – they can be learned! Working with a professional, you can easily come to understand the methods and techniques that will work best for you and your pup. Once those basic skills are established, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.
Here at Happy Dogs, we offer several options for training. Our Play & Train and Stay & Train packages involve a trainer working your dog privately during their stay with us. This is great for busy families as well as brand new pet parents who feel as though they’re in over their heads when it comes to training and behavior. Our group classes are held weekly and has a more traditional style where the trainer teaches you, the human, and you in turn teach your dog. This option is great for just about anyone, as long as your schedule allows you to attend every class!
Whether you train your dogs yourself in a group class or you opt to have a professional train the behaviors for you, the benefits are countless. Dogs that undergo regular training tend to have more confidence, be better family members, and demonstrate fewer destructive behaviors when unattended. Training is also a wonderful tool to build trust and a positive bond between you and your dogs.
Taylor Herr, our resident trainer at Happy Dogs, has a bachelor’s in Animal Sciences – Behavior & Well-Being from Purdue University, she is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and has over 10 years of training experience.