You’ll be surprised how many times I’ve heard people ask me the above question, and I’ll start with an example using my dogs and myself to best illustrate my answer, which is always, “Yes, take your dog for Obedience Training, and you’ll see the difference between living with an unruly dog and one that has training.”
Our first dog, Casey, was challenging, to put it mildly, and just like many pet parents we knew nothing about dogs so I went to the library and read as much as I could on dog training. I, then, realized that I needed to get Casey enrolled in an Obedience Class and find the right trainer for him. The first trainer did not work out because she had a very high pitch voice and Casey would get scared, so we tried a second trainer, Janet Bennett, and she was perfect for us. Casey got his first report card for completing Basic Obedience I on April, 27, 2002 and I was so happy that, only pet parents will be able to understand this, it trumped getting my MBA. Don’t take me wrong, I was extremely happy when I got my MBA, but that first report card made me ecstatic. I worked so hard and so long with Casey and I enjoyed the classes so much that I took with Casey: Obedience I, Obedience II, and Canine Good Citizen with the same trainer, Janet Bennett.
In late 2002, we added a new member to our family, Alex, and she got her Obedience I on September 4, 2003 with the same trainer. As you can see based on the report cards, Alex did better than Casey. And you know what’s funny? I worked longer with Casey than Alex.
After taking a total of four (4) classes with my dogs, were they perfect? No, but they were certainly more manageable and we enjoyed having them. The point of training is, at least for me, to be able to enjoy, manage, and provide structure for your dog. Once you have taken your dog for some training, make sure that you incorporate that training into her everyday life/routine so there’s no excuse like, “I don’t have time to train my dog.”
By the way, the only time I tell a pet parent to hold on training is when behavior needs to be address first, or there are medical issues the dog is going through and need to be resolved.
Janet Bennett passed away a couple of years ago, but I admired how she commanded a room and trained dogs so much that after thinking about it for the last couple of years, I decided to work on getting my Dog Trainer Certificate. I am very excited about embarking in this new endeavor so wish me luck and have a great weekend.
Before I forget, Precious Pet Cottage does not offer training anymore and I don’t get paid to mention them.