Puppy training classes can be a great starting point to socializing and training your dog if they are properly coached, but that is all they are. They do not prepare the owner for the problems in the Teenage period, which starts about the 6-7 months and can be continued until the dog is 15 to 20 months old. This time frame can vary depending on the dog.
Puppy classes – are they enough? Alright, they are not.
Puppy training classes can be a great start to socializing and training your dog if they are conducted properly but that is all they are, just a start. They do not prepare the owner for the problems in the teenage period” which usually begins around the 6-7 month mark and can be continued until the dog is 15 to 20 months old, this timeframe can vary depending on the dog.
Normally classes are held for four weeks and will only accept dogs up to 4 months old. They cover the basics in behavior and training but very few covers anything in depth. Most do not teach good leadership skills, also in other words, what you need to know and do in order to lastly have a well-rounded obedient dog who is a joy to have around. After all, there is more to learn than just sit and remain.
Young dogs are quite flexible and can be easy to teach; owners often say to me “he is such a good boy/girl, does everything I tell him/her”, but four weeks of puppy training is not enough to instil basic training in a dog’s mind.
Many of the owners that I chat to have problems with their dog – are frustrated with their dog. They took their dog to puppy training classes but chose not to continue any form of education for whatever reason. Which is not good for them or their dog because owners become angry and frustrated more frequently than not, which can and does worsen things.
It is therefore important to continue with obedience training courses. A good training class should cover better obedience and behavior problems together with many other issues. They should help you understand how to handle your dog in the real world. In other words, leadership and communication skills are key. There is more to be taught than just sitting and staying. Your classes should give you a good grounding and help you put yourself on the road to life.