Group or private training for your dog

GROUP CLASSES: Enables pets to socialise.

MAKE sure the class you choose is appropriate to your pet’s skill level

ONCE you have chosen your method of training, you will then have to decide if you want to attend group classes or if you want to train your dog in private. 

I recommend group classes to enable your pet to socialise with other people and dogs.

Group training usually consists of a group of dogs, all roughly the same age, all learning the same basic commands at the same time. Make sure the class you choose is appropriate for your puppy’s skill level, as well as his age. 

A good group class will have no more than 10 dogs in it, and an instructor familiar with all breeds of dogs who will teach more than just the basic commands. 

Knowledge of behavioural issues is extremely important, and the class must be structured in such a way that it is fun for you and your puppy. If there are children in your home, having them attend the classes is also important. 

If there are no classes in your area, or none that you find suitable, private training is another option. It is individualised to suit your needs. 

Private training is also good for dogs that have behavioural issues, aggression towards strangers or other dogs. However your trainer will want you to attend a training club which has dog socialisation.

Whether you are looking for private training or group classes, ensure the trainer teaches you how to teach your dog. 

Another sign of a good trainer is that he/she has the ability to acknowledge that some situations are beyond his/her knowledge, and tells you as such. Inappropriate training techniques can lead to bigger problems. 

Unfortunately there are a number of people who call themselves trainers who really are fakes. Safest bet is to go to a school that has been established and known for years.

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