What It Takes to Train a New Dog

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What It Takes to Train a New Dog

House-training a new dog is probably harder than potty training a toddler. Your toddler, at least, has no inclination to bite you (or do they?), but your dog, when pressured and stressed, might make a go for your hand. It takes four to six months to house-train a dog. Other breeds take longer than a year. As with toddlers, dogs have their own personalities, and the way they adapt to training depends on these unique personalities.

Luckily, you can just take them to a dog obedience training school in Loxahatchee. That does not mean, of course, that you have brushed off your responsibilities. It just means admitting that you might not have the skill to house-train your dog, and that’s okay. There are more ways to show your dog you love them more than training them to tell you if they’re going to pee outside.

But enrolling your dog to a training facility doesn’t mean that you won’t have to do anything anymore. You’re still responsible for the overall health and well-being of your dog. Their response to the training, the instructor, and their “classmates” in the facility is a telling feature of the positive reinforcement they receive from their master.

Money

The average cost of dog training is $50 per hour; though some trainers can go as low as $30 per hour. Dog obedience schools typically charge somewhere between $200 and $600 per week, while boot camp kennel training costs $500 to $1,250 a week. The cheaper classes are for obedience training. If you want your dog to join shows, you will have to spend thousands of dollars.

Time

You can choose whether to bring your dog to the obedience school for hourly or daily sessions or leave them there for a week or month so that they can be fully immersed in the training. You are allowed to visit them, of course, so that they don’t think that you have abandoned them. If there are no dog obedience schools near you, take them to the inner cities and rural areas where you’ll surely find one that suits both of your needs.

Consistency

Training a dog is all about consistency. If you have to take your dog to the obedience school every day, make sure that you’re committed to including that in your schedule. If you don’t have time to drive to and from school, you need to consider paying for boarding and food services. These obedience programs are created with a dog’s time frame in mind. Teaching a dog how to be obedient doesn’t only take time, but it has to be consistently instilled in them, too.

Patience

dog and owner

Be a source of positive encouragement for your dog. When they feel that they’re letting you down, they feel more discouraged to try harder. Even if you are frustrated yourself with their slow progress, do not show that in the intonation of your voice and your facial expressions. Your dog will know instantly if you’re disappointed in them. Be patient with them because once they begin to master the program, they won’t ever be back to that rowdy and messy dog again.

Before enrolling your dog in an obedience school, it is best to understand their breed and personalities. For example, smaller breeds have small bladders, which means that they need puppy breaks more than bigger dogs. Once you understand your dog’s personality, you’ll have an easier time managing their needs.

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