If you're looking for a dog training school then this probably means one of two things - either you're just too busy to train your dog yourself, or you've already tried it and are ready to tear out your hair, or worse yet, give up the dog to someone else! There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to send your beloved pet to a dog training school regardless of your reasons; after all, training a dog is not like raising a child. It's okay if you pay someone else to train your dog! But like a daycare for your child or a school for yourself, there are some things you want to remember when searching for a dog training school rather than simply opting for the closest or cheapest.
For one thing, ask yourself what you expect out of a dog training school. Many teach the basics of simple commands such as sit or stay, and teach dogs not to beg or bark incessantly, how to follow their masters when on a leash, and so on. These are pretty standard schools that you would send a puppy or young do to in order to just learn the basics of civilized behavior when with a family. Others however specialize in overly aggressive or problem behavior. This might include biting, growling, marking the territory, and so on. If this isn't what you need by way of a dog training school then be sure that you're not paying extra money for services that are unnecessary.
Others are looking for a dog training school in order to take their dog to the next level of performance. The types of activities your dog gets trained for may include silent commands or hand signals, following scents and retrievals from long distances, some agility training such as fence or obstacle jumping, food refusal, and so on. These types of exercises or lessons are typically for show dogs that need to be extra careful of their obedience and performance when judges are watching. For most owners, these classes offered by a dog training school are probably going to be unnecessary, although anyone that has the money to pay of course is welcome to do whatever they choose!
When selecting a dog training school be sure to meet the instructors beforehand to get a feel for how they may be with your dog. Forcing a dog into submission or to perform on command is not only abusive it's dangerous to your dog's emotional health overall. Dogs that have been mishandled in any way are typically skittish or nervous and don't socialize well with other animals or humans. A dog training school should emphasize rewarding a dog's good behavior rather than simply trying to punish the bad behavior. Any dog training school that uses choke collars or choke chains should be dismissed; in some places these aren't even legal anymore. Even dogs with behavior problems still need to be treated properly, so be sure you are comfortable with your choice of schools.
Article Written By J. Foley