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In this digital age, there is no end to the YouTube videos available to help you in your dog training process. Most likely, you will search for topics of interest and focus on areas of weakness for you and your puppy (for example, “how to crate train my puppy” or “how to keep my puppy from jumping on people”). One limitation to this method is that you may miss the natural progression of the training process and overlook essential skills and commands, focusing instead on the need of the moment.
If you’re depending on online videos, look for an experienced trainer who offers a number of videos that follow a sequence. Work on one thing at a time, targeting problem behaviors as a supplement to the basics. Two well-known and often-recommended trainers with You Tube channels and quality content include Zak George and McCann Dog Training.
If you search online for dog training options, you’ll find quite a few. However, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Cost and quality of online options will vary, and there’s always the possibility of being scammed or short-changed.
In order to make an informed decision, ask your breeder for recommendations, ask friends who are dog owners, and (as always) do your due diligence before selecting an online puppy school. Look at the legitimacy of the Web site, any content that is offered for preview, and any reviews that are available. See if the trainer or class offer any sort of money-back guarantee if your expectations are not met.
Remember, not matter which option you choose, you’ll have to put in if you want to see results. Just purchasing the puppy class isn’t going to get you to the finish line in training. If you are a good starter and not a good finisher, you may do better with in-person training rather than an online option.
Local Training Options
There are likely some local dog trainers in your area where you can attend weekly (or more frequent) sessions. A good place to start is your local pet store, such as PetSmart or Petco. Of course, the quality, cost, and time investment will vary, and it always benefits you to do your research if you choose this option.
One advantage of in-person training is that the owner will be going through the process with their puppy, and a trainer will often be able to note and correct improper techniques in real-time, for a more successful training process. A puppy owner will follow a natural progression in training and regular sessions can offer the consistency needed for success.
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Board and Train programs are likely the most intensive (and most expensive) option for dog training. Often called “doggy boot camps,” this is a good choice for the person who does not know much about dog training or who has failed to make progress with their consistent efforts.
Because of the time commitment, level of intensity, and cost, owners may look to Board and Train when an older dog has incorrigible behaviors or poses a safety risk. Alternatively, it can be a good way for a dog owner to have an expert put in the initial training effort when they do not have the time to do so consistently themselves.
It is important to note that a Board and Train program does not relieve the dog owner of responsibility. They should be learning alongside their dog, and should receive and follow through with instructions on how to continue training at home so that the initial gains from a Board and Train program will not be quickly lost. They will need to help their dogs generalize the specific commands learned so that good behavior will be evidenced in new and different situations and locations.
Because a dog stays at the Board and Train facility (usually for weeks), and will be learning from a dedicated trainer, it is important to make sure that you have looked into the credentials of those working at the facility, confirmed the quality of care, and ideally checked reviews from previous customers before choosing this option.
When it comes to training, no matter what you choose, your Golden Mountain Doodle will be a better companion pet, will be more secure and less anxious, and will exhibit fewer problematic behaviors if you start a consistent training regimen as early as possible.
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