Family Puppy and Dog Training-- Is It For You?
A puppy owner asked me a question yesterday. "If my girlfriend doesn't enforce the same things I'm doing with the puppy will my training methods still work?"
The answer is Yes, your puppy and dog will still listen to, mind, and respect you, but when everyone in the home isn't on the same page with training, it can complicate things and send your puppy mixed messages, therefore making training a lengthier process. We encourage everyone in the home to come to our training sessions and work together as a team. With everyone doing the exact same thing, puppies and dogs will develop into safe, good, obedient and loving pets and citizens much more quickly.
The other home I was in yesterday, it was amazing that everyone in the family wanted to be involved with the puppy training, even the father who came in late due to his work schedule. Mom, Dad and kids were willing to do everything I showed them so their pup will be safe and sound as well as their home.
There are several important training skills we provide that puppies and dogs must acquire.
1. Socialization Is Key
Puppies and dogs need socialization with other pups. Our group classes are a lot of fun for you and your pups and dogs. We offer important skills regarding socialization (playing with other pups and dogs, as well as leaving other pups, dogs, and animals when necessary), teaching your puppy and dog in a safe and structured environment so they can develop into mature, happy, and healthy dogs.
2. Obedience is a Must
Just like our children, our puppies and dogs must be trained to be good citizens. When people come into my home I do not want my dogs barking out of control, jumping on people, or God forbid growling or biting them. By teaching obedience to young pups and dogs, we are training them to have good manners and be a good citizen in our homes and out in public. Besides, obedience teaches them to not only love you, but to respect you as the Alpha in the home.
3. Praise, Reward and Discipline
All pups and dogs need to know when they are doing a good job, but too much excitement or praise handled the wrong way, as well as over rewarding your pooch can do more damage then good. So we show you how to train up your pup with just enough praise, reward and discipline so that they are eager to please you and will conquer any bad behaviors much more quickly.
4. Don't Wait
Many people think that puppies or dogs are too young to begin training. Puppies can begin training at even 6 and 8 weeks old. The longer you wait, the more unwanted behaviors you will have to deal with and correct later.
5. Have Fun--Sign Up Today!
Puppies and dogs love to have fun and play. In our group classes we allow for fun and play, while teaching obedience and social skills. We play little games and keep the pups and dogs moving so they enjoy the class as much their owners. I find myself laughing as much as I do talking and teaching.
For more information on our group puppy and dog classes click here. Also, I've posted an article I sent to local media this week below, which gives more details about the puppy and dog classes we offer.
Family Puppy and Dog Training
Top Dog Trainer, Lisa Freeman, of Owosso, Michigan is offering her fall group puppy and dog classes beginning in September. These family oriented classes are geared to teach everyone in the family what to do when training a puppy or dog. “It takes everyone in the home working together to have a well-mannered puppy or dog,” says Freeman, who specializes in behavior modification. “If only one or two people are making the pup mind and others aren’t, it will be much more difficult to train the dog.”
Freeman offers a variety of fun-filled classes from puppy and basic dog obedience to more advanced dog obedience, pet therapy, and service dog training. As an AKC Evaluator, she also offers AKC certificates for Star Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, and testing for Pet Therapy Certification. “Whether you are looking to gain obedience skills, break bad behaviors, or help your dog achieve all the degrees in the AKC, these classes are for you,” she says.
What can you expect? In the AKC Star Puppy class and basic dog obedience, pups and dogs will learn to: come, sit, lay down, stay, walk on a leash without pulling, and interact with other pups and dogs in a friendly manner. In the more advanced puppy and dog classes, canines and handlers will practice all basic obedience skills, while mastering advanced obedience skills such as: coming when called outside among huge distractions, heeling on a leash, staying on command for long periods of time, staying with a safe stranger, leaving food/toys and animals, interacting with other dogs while being obedient, and how to interact with other people of all ages in a safe, friendly manner.
“We also work on behavioral issues (potty training, bolting, barking, jumping, growling, mouthing, biting),” Freeman says, “typically these issues are bettered handled in private training sessions.”
Classes begin Thursday, September 4th and will be held Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. depending on which class you enroll in. The cost is lasts six weeks. There is a limit of 10 dogs per class. Advance registration and payment are required and secures your place in class.
Register @ www.dogspawsforhealing.com or send check/money order payable to: Lisa Freeman, Family Dog Training Classes, PO Box 1582, Owosso, MI 48867. For more information via email @ email@example.com or call 989-729-2124.
Lisa Freeman received her healing from the paws of rescue dog, now she takes that healing to others. Through dog training, pet therapy, motivational speaking, photography, rescuing dogs and people, and writing.