It’s snowing, it’s cold out. The last thing you want to do is get in a cold car and drive to a dog obedience class—right? But look at your furry friend. He’s jumping on you, bringing you toys, barking. He’s going nuts stuck in the house all day.
What better place to give it than indoors at a dog obedience class?
For one evening, both you and your dog will get some exercise and be tired out. Then the rest of the week you can work in mini training periods, either outside or in the house. It will give you something practical to do with your dog—even if he doesn’t really need it.
We can all use a refresher, or go for the next level or type of class.
Benefits of obedience training – especially in the winter:
- It gives your dog a good workout for at least one cold, snowy night when he probably would have been pestering you to play with him.
- It’s good mental stimulation for your dog.
- You will strengthen your bond with your dog.
- Training may save his life. The recall, down and wait command are vital to learn.
- It was hard for my springer, Cassie, to turn her attention away from something and come to me. Instead, I used the down and wait commands. This allowed me to approach her and attach her leash. I used these commands a lot.
- Training may allow you to keep your dog.
- Last month at a party, I heard that one of my neighbors was looking for a good home for her 9 month-old labradoodle. The pup was too much for her. She told me several months ago, she might take an obedience class after the holidays. Topper might have still been with her if she had signed up immediately.
I inherited Buffy and Chipper when they were 4 and 8 years old. My 85-year-old mom had never trained them. I immediately signed them up for basic obedience and then advanced training. Our class always started out with 5 – 10 minutes of brisk walking with our dogs heeling. The occasional direction changes and sit-stays broke up the walking. This exercise made the younger dogs less antsy, but wore out my cockers, who were very overweight at that time (Mom couldn’t remember if she had fed them).
Buffy and Chipper learned to listen a lot better. They even earned their Canine Good Citizen award, although Chipper almost didn’t pass, since he decided he would rather visit Buffy than come to me. But he passed on the second round.
Cassie passed away a few years ago, but she loved training. She started out at only ten weeks (probably too young, but the minimum age at the time), and went through every type of training that the local
pet store held. She preferred agility and I found a private trainer and entered her into field trials.
January is National Train Your Dog Month – a perfect time to train your dog.
Animal Wellness magazine has a good article on what to look for in an obedience class and how to prepare at http://animalwellnessmagazine.com/dog-training-classes/
Here are some additional benefits of dog training http://www.pawstbm.com/blog/2012/04/19/5-Benefits-of-Dog-Training.aspx
Should you sign up for an obedience class?
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