What is the best type of obedience training?
The best obedience training methods utilize only operant conditioning and positive reinforcement techniques. Training should be fun for handlers and their dogs. Positive reinforcement techniques provide the tools needed to create a healthy, safe, and happy learning environment. For basic manners or working with particular behavioral issues, positive, reward based training is the preferred approach.
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When should I begin obedience training?
Begin training your dog as soon as you bring him home. Early socialization is critical to the behavior and health of your dog and the connection you establish with him.
What is the goal of obedience training?
Training helps correct nuisance behaviors, including digging, jumping on people, and chewing. Other benefits include:
- Reinforces desirable behaviors
- Eliminates unacceptable acts
- Provides an understanding of how your dog learns
- Enhances communication and motivation
What equipment is required?
All you need to start obedience training is a six-foot leash, some tasty treats, and your dog. Your instructor will let you know if other supplies or equipment is necessary.
Does positive-based reinforcement training mean your dog controls you?
No. It is simple a means of setting boundaries and consistently enforcing them. Consistency makes it easier for your dog to learn acceptable behaviors and establish routines. It will also reduce anxiety level in your dog’s life because he will know what you expect from him.
How much do training classes cost?
The cost of an obedience training class varies by location and type of dog. Basic training courses range from $100 on up for a six-week course. Most required equipment, such as a clicker or book, is provided to you without a fee.
How do I get started?
You can find a dog club or organization that provides quality, professional training in your city by checking with a group near your area, such as:
- Northwest Obedience Club, Inc. (NOCI)
- American Kennel Club (AKC)
- United Kennel Club (UKC)
- The Kennel Club (TKC).