As we mentioned earlier in the week, January is National Train Your Dog Month. If you’re planning to spend some time training your pet this month, you might be wondering the best way to go about the task. When you first bring a new puppy home, it can be difficult to know what to do first, and all you really want to do is play with your new pet. Unfortunately, this can mean that young dogs get into some bad habits, including going to the toilet in the wrong place and chewing things they shouldn’t. If you want to give your pet the best possible training, but don’t know where to start, it might be time to call in the professionals. Here are the top 4 reasons to think about hiring a professional puppy trainer.
Tailor the Training
All dog breeds have different strengths and weaknesses, and a good dog trainer will be able to help you identify these traits. They will know all of the latest up-to-date methods that will help you to get value for money from your training. In addition to understanding the specific needs of certain breeds, a professional will also be able to identify problems before they fully develop, which is something an owner might miss.
Unless you’ve been training dogs for most of your adult life, then you’re unlikely to have as much experience as a professional dog trainer. Even if you only hire a dog trainer for a few hours per week, they will be able to impart plenty of wisdom and help you on the right track. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the training process and many dog owners quickly feel like their efforts aren’t effective. Working with a professional will help you to understand the progress and make sure you’re heading in the right direction.
It might seem counterintuitive, but if you think about how valuable your time is, hiring a professional can save you money in the long run. Teaching a young puppy good habits from the start will cost less that it would cost to correct that behaviour when they are older. You also have to think about the damage they could do in the meantime, from chewing your favourite shoes, to digging up your beautiful garden.
Avoid Decision Paralysis
The amount of information available online and in books can make it very difficult to know what is best for your pet. Avoid the dreaded decision paralysis and bring in a professional from the start. It can be easy to jump aboard every latest dog training gimmick, but this will ultimately be very confusing for your dog. By working with a professional, they will be able to keep you on track and help you to make sure you are on track.
To conclude, training your dog from a young age is one of the best things you can do, as it will help them to manage any situation as they grow up with your family. It can also be essential to making sure that routine trips to the vet, or essential things like getting a pet microchip fitted or having a flea treatment are less stressful for everyone involved.