If you own a young dog or other pet, you may still be trying to get some of the basic behavioral issues down without much success. In that case, an obedience course could be the right answer for your pet. However, you may wonder how to find the ideal course that will really teach your dog or pet to behave in ways that the animal will retain. By following these tips, you should be able to find the ideal course for you and your pet.
First, you want to make sure that the class fits your life. You should have the time to drop off and pick up Fido every day that class is in session. You should also make sure that you can afford the class and that it’s not too far outside of your budget. Also, it helps to choose a class that’s nearby, saving you both time and gas money.
Next, you want to make sure that the instructor has the proper certifications and credentials to teach your pet some new behaviors. Look for certifications from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, National Association of Dog Obedience, International Association of Canine Professionals, or National K-9 Dog Trainers Association. You can research the school online, but feel free to ask the instructor questions too when you drop your pet off for class.
You may also want to try a few different schools before settling for just one. Take your pet to various classes and see which one your dog fits in best with and which one that you feel will offer your pet the best chance at improving its behavior.
Lastly, you may want to get some referrals. You can ask friends, family, and coworkers who have utilized obedience schools before. If you need more outside input, you can also reach out to your veterinarian. If you use these tips, you should have no issue finding a great obedience class for your pet.