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In this article I’m looking at dog training classes and why your dog will learn more than just basic commands.
I liken dog training to learning to drive a car. You can reach near perfect control in a small area with no distractions but you won’t be prepared for what the real world has to throw at you. For everyone’s safety, learner drivers need a trained instructor and a gradual introduction to lots of different real-life experiences. Likewise, dogs need to practise their life skills in a safe environment.
Teaching your dog to focus on you in any situation
Dog training classes, especially at Premier Dogs own premises, offer a whole host of distractions. We train in lovely grassy paddocks. They’re like a little piece of countryside but with a nice safe fence around them. To dogs, our paddocks are alive with wonderful scents which are far more interesting than their owners. So straight away, your dog is going to want to get his nose down. Your job is to train him to ignore scents until you give him permission to explore. Could you recreate that situation in your own garden? Probably not.
There are lots of real life situations when you need your dog to ignore distractions. Whether it’s walking in the park, going to the vets or visiting a friend, it’s vital that your dog can stay calm and focus on you.
That’s just one of the doggy life skills we nurture at Premier Dogs.
Doggy social skills
At a dog training class, even though there is only a small number of “students”, your pet will be meeting other dogs and developing his social skills. In an ideal world, every dog would be fluent at communicating with their own species. However, when a dog lives in a human world it’s easy for him to lose confidence in his native language.
It’s a bit like me learning foreign languages at school – I think I can still remember a few words of it but I’d struggle to hold a conversation in French. Likewise, if your dog hasn’t used his native language since he left his Mum, he’ll be uncomfortable with other canines. That leads to fearfulness and even aggression. So socialisation is a key part of dog training classes.
If your dog is not comfortable around his peers, try a few 1-2-1 training sessions to help prepare him for classes.
Just for a moment, think about how you fill your week. TV, work, meeting with friends, exercising, reading, cooking, shopping, eating – I won’t go on. Now think about how you fill your dog’s week. Home alone, short (ish) walks, sleeping while you read/watch TV, maybe some play time or a training session.
Your dog is a mammal, just like you. He can’t speak but he does have a mind of his own, he’s capable of a degree of decision making and he can get bored. What do bored dogs do? Naughty stuff, that’s what.
A dog who has the right amount of mental stimulation is generally more settled and easier to live with.
How do you nurture your human-human friendships? You spend time with each other – even if it’s only by text or skype. To your dog, you are more than a friend. You are the source of everything. Shelter, food, entertainment, companionship, treats. Fido can’t skype so he craves quality time with you. An hour a week of focussed, quality training time is a real treat for your dog and he’ll reward you by being a better friend to you.
Why Choose Premier dogs for Adult Dog training classes?
Our dog training classes are a little different from most. For starters there are no set course dates. Join the class when you’re ready and come along every week for as many weeks or months as you want to. All we ask is that you book in blocks of 6 consecutive weeks.
The class structure is very informal and our students are all at different stages of learning. Classes are small and based around individual learning within a group situation – you really do get the best of both worlds.
All of our human students are friendly and supportive. The dogs are a mix of shapes, sizes, ages, backgrounds and characters. Trust me, even if you have no dog training experience at all, you’ll fit right in.
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About Sean Pickering (me) owner of Premier Dogs in Romford