Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Oshkosh, WI
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Training Training Training!
My guy is now 14 months, and we successfully made it through puppyhood! Jumping, shark teeth and (for the most part) misbehavior is a thing of the past.
I am writing this to implore everyone who gets a new dog (whether puppy or adult rescue) to TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN! Yes, it is a pain going to so many classes, but there are several reasons:
1. Behavior - Your dog will not magically be a well behaved dog. Even if your dog is naturally a good dog, behavior can always be fine tuned. Just do it!
2. Bonding - the bonding you and your dog will develop, no matter if obedience class, nose work or agility, will improve your dog and his/her listening skills.
3. Behavior - Yep, saying it again as you cannot underestimate the results of behavior classes. And, these classes are not really for the dog....They are for the handler/family. Get on the same page, use the same words.
Our Finley was a VERY strong willed puppy, and every class we have taken (14 in all so far!) have helped tremendously. Now we take them for fun (i.e. Nosework, teamwork, agility), but seeing friends dogs over the recent holiday (and hearing them complain about the manners of their dogs) made me want to reach out and shout TAKE A CLASS!
Every minute you put in to your dog in the first 6-12 months pays off tenfold later on!