Determining if Obedience School is Right for Your Dog
It’s a general agreement that most dogs can benefit from some sort of obedience school. While some experienced dog owners might feel they have it under control, there might be some perks to enrolling their puppy or dog in these classes. However, the process of finding a credible trainer is a big hurdle, and determining what your pet is suited for is another important factor. If obedience school is the right choice for your pet, ensure your dog owner liability is reduced by obtaining a customized Canine Liability Policy to mitigate loss and damages in the event of a bite or injury.
Do your homework.
Find the right trainer and don’t be shy about being selective. Ask questions about the methods employed by various local trainers. Ask for veterinary, client, and colleague references and follow up on them. Ask what trainers they refer to, and what trainers refer to them – follow up on these leads also! Inquire about education and experience and remember not to feel guilty for being selective, you are interviewing each of them for a job and your dog’s behavioral health is at stake. Behavioral problems are the no. 1 reason for euthanasia and shelter turn-ins, so choose wisely, explains Dogster. You can also scope out well-behaved and confident dogs at the dog park and ask for references on their trainer, if applicable.
Classes for puppies can be a great way to ensure proper socialization and prevent problem behaviors from developing. Find a course that focuses on socialization, proper greetings, and play skills for your puppy rather than strict obedience.
Public versus private classes.
Dogs with severe behavioral problems, including aggression, reactivity, destructive separation anxiety, or extreme fearfulness often benefit from the individualized attention offered by a private lesson, explains the article. If your dog suffers from any of these issues, opt for private lessons.
By taking these preventative measures, your dog can become well-adjusted and confident, reducing his or her likelihood of injuring or biting another. There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog-bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers injuries, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs, and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.