Dog training classes can be helpful when you need to control your dog, but you may not need them if you are just teaching Fido to sit.
Step 1: Recognize whether you have a problem dog Recognize whether you have a problem dog. Does your dog bite or chew the furniture? Are they consistently disobedient? If so, the dog needs to be taught new behavior.
Step 2: Are you discouraged? Ask yourself whether you have become discouraged in your attempts to train the dog. Do you sometimes have thoughts of abandoning your efforts? Do you feel trapped with a disobedient dog?
Step 3: Consider your training goals Consider your overall training goals for the dog. If you want to teach obedience commands, good manners, and acceptable behavior patterns, you and the dog may benefit from dog training classes.
TIP: If your goals are to teach a puppy to sit and stay, you can likely do this without training classes.
Step 4: Consider the dog's temperament and level of confidence Consider the dog's temperament and level of confidence. If the dog is unable to control his adrenaline level and easily becomes distracted when you take him on a walk, training classes may be useful.
Step 5: Consider your relationship with the dog If the dog has learned to obey you only out of fear, consider enrolling in training classes. The classes will help you replace the fear with trust and respect. School has never sounded like such a great idea!
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