Training is one of the most important aspects of dog ownership. When your dog is well trained, he is much easier to manage and can feel like less of a responsibility and more of a companion. But professional training isn’t cheap, and it can be hard to know what skills to teach on your own. If you aren’t sure where to begin but you are working with a budget, consider these tips for training your dog.
When it comes to dog training, positive reinforcement is important. Clicker training is a form of positive reinforcement training that involves a small clicker that lets your dog know when they have done something well. Clickers can be used in conjunction with treats as a way to mark positive behaviors as your pet learns. You can purchase an inexpensive clicker at a pet store and use your dog’s favorite treats to get started.
Check with local shelters
Many pet shelters and humane societies offer free or low-cost dog training classes and seminars. Many dogs are given to shelters for behavioral issues which can be improved with training, so they offer classes as a resource to keep dogs out of shelters. Some shelters also offer informational handouts and on-site dog trainers who can answer questions for free.
Read some books and articles
Head to your local library to check out books on dog training. Make sure you choose the books that use positive reinforcement methods, as these are the most humane and effective methods to train your dog. You can also check out the training section on the Vita Bone website. There you can find positive reinforcement tips and tricks from experienced trainers and dog lovers.
Enlist the help of a friend
Sometimes training can feel overwhelming when you are trying it on your own. If you feel like you need an extra hand, talk to a friend who has successfully trained their own pet. You can also talk to dog trainers who are just starting out. They may offer a discounted rate or even a few sessions for free to benefit their experience.
Fit a trainer into your budget
If you aren’t sure if you have the time to train your pup, it might be worth the investment to hire a trainer or pay for a class. The cost of dog training can vary based on a number of factors, including location, group sessions versus one-on-one and how long the course is. Puppy training courses are usually offered for puppies under a certain number of months and can cost less than adult dog courses.
Training your four-legged friend doesn’t have to be expensive, and it can also provide a great opportunity for you to bond with your pet. Good luck and happy training!