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  • Key Benefits of Bringing Your Dog to An Experienced Trainer

    It's well known that raising a dog is a big commitment. Not only are you caring for another life under your roof, but you must train your canine companion so that you can all live a peaceful and structured life together. If you are considering getting new puppy or adolescent or adult dog, you will want to seek the help of a professional trainer.

    Let's look at the most important benefits you will receive when you go to an experienced dog trainer.

    Builds Better Behavior

    Likely the most well-known and important lesson learned from an experienced trainer is teaching your dog the necessary commands:  sit and stay.  Also important are lessons such as: how to properly walk on a leash, how to interact with other dogs, and how to act around humans.  With these lessons and commands engrained into your dog, you won't have to worry about your dog's behavior. You can bring them to the park without fretting about them barking at other walkers and you'll know they won't jump on guests that come into your home.

    This peace of mind will help you be able to fully enjoy your life with your well-trained dog, rather than constantly feeling stressed and embarrassed about their poor behavior.

    Improves Communication With Your Dog

    Just as communication is an essential part of life with other humans, it is also vital with your dog. Bringing your pup to a trainer is one of the best ways to cultivate good communication. Puppies are especially adept at latching onto communication through training. When you have good communication with your dog, you will have a stronger and more loving relationship with them. Dogs crave structure…they just need to understand the language and expectations.  An experienced dog trainer knows the proper way to secure clear and concise communication between you and your furry companion.

    Keeps Your Dog's Mind Active

    Puppies need to sleep.  Once they reach the milestone of being able to sleep through the night at about 10 weeks, their minds should be as active as possible during their waking hours. By keeping your dog's brain active, their mind is more likely to stay sharp as they age. Training is a great way to accomplish this.  The other benefit of ongoing training is keeping your dog’s interest so that boredom doesn’t set in and turn into destructive or bad behavior.

    When you bring your dog to a professional trainer, you will be ensuring that they have the tools they need to behave well and stay intellectually engaged. Training will also give you the tools you need to keep up the good behavior for years to come. Contact Rob's Dogs today to learn more about how professional training can benefit your entire family…pup included.

  • Common Owner Mistakes: Why You Should Leave the Training to the Professionals

    When you look to a buy a puppy, a new owner might be blinded by cuteness. Between the soft smells, tiny paws, and huge eyes, it's easy to forget that your new puppy needs plenty of training and discipline, regardless if your puppy comes from a champion bloodline or is a rescue that is a mix of many breeds.

    If you're a new pet owner, here are some of the top training mistakes to watch out for -- and how you can benefit from a professional.

    Starting Training Too Late

    You might think it seems harsh to start disciplining your dog at a young age, but pack animals crave structure and hierarchy. As soon as you bring your new family member home, you’ll need to start training. Otherwise, you might encounter bad habits that your older puppy has a difficult time breaking when you're finally ready to train them.

    Keep in mind that your new puppy isn't ready to learn advanced actions like "shake" or "roll over." After all, a new puppy needs to sleep for up to 20 hours a day.  You should start training them with basic commands immediately, including simple tasks such as "sit" and "stay." Not only will this help you forge a better relationship with your pup, but it will prime your canine companion to respond to your commands down the line.

    You're Not Consistent

    Consistency is the key when it comes to raising a well-mannered dog.  Unfortunately, it is common for a new pet owner to feel tired after work or frustrated when their dog doesn't listen to their commands. There are a variety of factors that might influence your training consistency, but it's vital that you spend a bit of time each day training your dog to get the best, most uniform results.

    Consistency pertains to your training frequency, but it also includes the way in which you conduct the training. Always use the same hand motions and phrasing to ensure the commands stick in your dog's memory. Reputable breeders will often start training before your new furry family member comes home with you, so be sure to ask if there are specific commands and actions they used.  Continuing those same commands will make the transition smooth and less confusing for your new puppy.

    You're Too Harsh

    Training a puppy takes time and energy, two things a hard-working professional might not have time for. At the end of the day, it's easy to get frustrated with your dog and punish them instead of performing the necessary discipline. If you're ever tempted to yell or lay a hand on your puppy, they will grow fearful of you, not obedient.

    If you are encountering any of these issues during your training, or if you just want to do it right from the start, consider hiring a professional dog trainer.  Consulting an expert from the onset will help you understand how to facilitate training a well-mannered companion, but it will also wet your dog up for success.  

    At Rob’s Dogs, LLC, we are known for our expertise in house training, socializing your puppy with other dogs and people, leash training, and advanced commands. We know that raising a dog can be hard; allow us to give you the best results.

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