Dog obedience classes and dog socialization training lasts a lifetime
No matter the age of your puppy or dog, it’s important to expose them to dog obedience training early on. Puppies have a period that lasts from 3-12 weeks where they are extremely receptive to socialization. Any successful interaction with people and other dogs during that time will influence the dog’s social interactions in the future. Veterinarians recommend that new puppy owners expose their dogs to multiple dog socialization classes and their recommendations don’t stop there. Once your puppy has graduated from dog obedience training school, experts advise that owners keep them in a structured socialization environment or class over the course of their lives.
Dog obedience training classes
Many owners bark at the idea of dog obedience training school because they feel their pet doesn’t need the extra help. Instead of seeing dog obedience class as a consequence or lesson in discipline, we recommend looking at it as a bonding experience. It’s a wonderful way for pets to receive positive praise in a safe and structured setting. Obedience training helps develop and nurture a healthy human/animal bond that will reverberate into your dog’s social interactions. Whether it’s the basics—sit, down, come, heel, stay—or supervision during exposure to other dogs, obedience-trained dogs are much easier to be around than those who receive no training.
Dog socialization with other dogs
Obedience training provides dogs with the necessary skills to be responsible pets, while gently teaching them that you are in control. A dog obedience training school gives puppies and adult dogs a chance to interact with other animals in a social setting. Exposing your dog to other dogs while they are young is important to ensure that your puppy learns important social skills.
Build your future on your dog’s past successes
It’s quite common to see dogs who have received obedience training and socialization regress sometime between 8 months and 2 years. Many owners feel defeated during this time—as though their efforts were a failure. We recommend celebrating your dog’s early successes, and building on them with more advanced dog obedience training and socialization classes. It’s never too late to get started—especially if you’re building on a solid obedience training foundation!
We offer classes for both puppies and adult dogs:
Puppy Class 101 and Positive Motivation Obedience Classes for Adults