Teaching Your Pets to Obey: A Guide for New Owners

Getting a new puppy is a great experience. Looking for the right dog and then taking it home with you is exciting. However, it can also be a stressful time for you and your dog as it gets used to new people and a new home. This can mean a few accidents and possibly some unwanted behavior as they adjust to their new environment. It is important as a new owner to make allowances for this period but also to quickly establish a routine and rules so that your new pet knows where he stands. One of the best ways to do this is with obedience training.

Finding the Right Trainer

There are a myriad of trainers available and this can become confusing as many different techniques and philosophies are used by different organizations. Here are some basic ideas on what to look for in a dog trainer in DC to ensure you get the results required. It is important to be comfortable with the trainer and the techniques that they use so it is vital to discuss this with them prior to signing up. Check with your local vet, other pet owners and online for recommendations and their experience with the organization you are thinking of using.

They Are Never Too Young

While formal obedience training normally is recommended for dogs that are at least five months old there is less formal training that teaches the owner and their pet basic skills. These include important basics like staying and coming when called that can save your pets life in a dangerous situation. Walking with a loose-leash and being able to interact with people and other dogs are also areas that are covered.

They Are Never Too Old

A dog is never too old to learn new tricks and neither is their owner. A new pet in not a always a puppy but a fully grown, adult dog. You might have heard the old adage that you ‘can’t teach old dogs new tricks’. This is not true at all, as a new owner one of the best ways to build trust and respect with an older dog is to enroll in obedience training. In some cases problems can occur because a previously trained dog does not understand what you want it to do. Training will quickly get both of you on the same wavelength making you and your dog much happier.

Be Conscious

Pet ownership is increasing and this has meant that many areas have introduced more rules and regulations. In some cases these can include harsh penalties including the ultimate penalty for your beloved pet. You are responsible for your pet’s behavior and by ensuring they are properly trained and respond to commands in all situations you can be certain that your pet will not cause problems and can be controlled in dangerous situations.
Once you have found the right trainer then you and your dog can learn together becoming closer as you both fully trust each other. Young or old, previously trained or a new beginner, training is a vital part of taking care of your pet and ensuring that you stay in control in every situation. Your family, friends and neighbors will all benefit from having a happy, healthy and well trained dog.
This article was written by Amanda Walters, an experienced freelance writer and regular contributor to Huffington Post. Follow her here: @Amanda_W84