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     How to Choose a Good Obedience School for Your Dog  

By: Patrick Carpen

Everyone who owns, or who is deciding whether or not to own, a puppy wants their puppy to be properly behaved, housebroken, and trained. Many people do not know all of their options when it comes to proper puppy training and obedience. Most decide to do the training all on their own, only to find out that it is not an easy thing to accomplish. There is another option, and this is obedience school; however, finding the right school for your dog can be challenging.

There are many factors which can lead to a dog owner wanting more obedience from the dog. Maybe you come home to find your house in total disarray with puppy urine all over, precious items broken, and furniture and shoes chewed up. Maybe you cannot have any visitors without first locking up your barking, yelping, and jumping dog. It could be that your dog just will not listen at all, even when you call him, and this means that you have no way of controlling your dog at all. Your dog might be a continuous barker, which can lead to problems with neighbors and even the police. Your dog could even be a danger to someone without your even realizing it. All it takes is just one mishap, and a dog who has no obedience whatsoever may not know how to control his fear or anger, and may lash out at someone else, causing harm to someone, and possibly even legal trouble for you.

Dog obedience school and trainers can accomplish a lot for both you and your dog. They will teach your dog basic commands, such as sit, stay, come. They will also teach your dog proper socialization skills when it comes to socializing with strange people and also other animals, especially other dogs.

Choosing the right school for you and your dog can be more difficult than you think. You want to find a school that offers the things you want for your dog, and also offers these things in a way that makes you feel comfortable. You want to know that your dog will be well-taken care of, and will be treated kindly and gently. After all, you are not sending your beloved friend to doggie boot camp. There are a few things to consider when you are looking for the right school for your dog.

One thing you should try to do is choose a school for which you have received great recommendations. Maybe you have a friend or acquaintance who has sent their dog to a particular school, and who can provide you with a good recommendation for the school into which you are looking. If you do not know anyone who is associated with a particular school that interests you, you can simply ask the school for a few names of people who have had their dogs trained with the school, and you can find out from these past "students" what they thought about the school. Having some knowledge of someone else's first-hand experience with a particular school is always a good idea, and it helps to give you more peace of mind.

Another good idea when choosing a school is to simply visit the school beforehand. Stop by on your way home one afternoon, and this will give you a better idea of how the school functions, whether or not the instructors are friendly and inviting, how the instructors work with the dogs, and the overall atmosphere of the school. These are all very important things to consider when choosing the right school.

Finally, you should get some basic information on how the school and training work. The best source of information of this nature is from the instructors themselves. Go to the school and request information about how the training is designed, how the instructors interact and work with the dogs, and any other questions or concerns you may have.

Following these simple steps will ensure your dog and yourself are happy with the choice you have made.

Patrick Carpen is the designer, writer and owner of the website http://dogtraining.infobay.ws/ Infobay.ws is a content based, consumer oriented website that provides professionally researched, and up to the minute content on selected subjects.

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