Taking your dog to training classes, or hiring a private trainer for it, is essential when raising a puppy. It’s best to start at a young age, but it’s also possible to train older, and even senior, dogs. All dogs require training in order for you to socialize with them because canines have typically been used for hunting. Domesticating a dog to be friendly around other people, children, and other animals is essential for both of you to live comfortably, and for other people to be safe.
Here’s what you need to know about picking the best trainer for your dog.
Consider the Breed
Different dog breeds need different training, some more intensively than others. You should always look for a trainer who knows how to discipline your dog according to its genetic traits. Some breeds may not require a specialist. The easiest dogs to train include Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, German Shepherds, and Poodles.
Other dogs may require intensive training under the hands of a specialist for domestication. The most challenging dogs to discipline include Chihuahuas, which may be on top of the list. They’re known to be quite the yappy ankle biters, and may need a professional to train them to be friendlier around strangers and other animals.
Consult Your Vet
Your vet may recommend a trainer, and may also recommend that your dog consumes supplements as part of the training. Some of these supplements are natural calming herbs that can help your dog associate good behavior with being calm and tolerant around strangers. Many veterinarians may recommend CBD oil for dogs, as it’s known as a natural psychoactive that can help your dog become more responsive to its training. On the other hand, your vet may also prescribe calming herbs if you have adopted a rescued breed that has endured trauma in its previous home, which can be challenging to work with when you’re trying to re-train your pet.
Some breeds are better suited to live with felines and other smaller animals than others. But that doesn’t mean that you have to give up your dog, or succumb to living in a stressful environment of endless chasing and barking. If you still haven’t adopted your dog, you might want to avoid breeds such as Australian cattle dogs, Beagles, Greyhounds, Jack Russel Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, and Siberian huskies, as these breeds are very challenging to train to be calm around felines and other animals, seeing as they have traditionally been used for hunting.
On the other hand, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Cocker Spaniels can easily be disciplined to behave around smaller animals. That said, whatever breed you have already adopted can be trained from a young age to be tolerant around smaller animals by specialists. This is essential for all dogs, otherwise, you may get yourself and your dog in trouble whenever you take it for a walk. The best trainer for your breed is one who knows how to teach it to use objects as outlets for their energetic behavior, and not other animals.
Dog Tricks and Potty Training
You need to speak with your dog trainer to teach your dog tricks, and where to “go” when it needs to. While this seems to be for the purpose of being more beneficial or convenient for owners, it’s also essential for your dog’s comfort and happiness. A dog that goes on your carpet is more likely to have bad hygiene habits, which can affect your dog’s health.
That said, when your trainer teaches your dog tricks like fetching you the mail, this can help you bond with your pet. Unlike other animals, dogs enjoy pleasing their humans, and often look forward to helping you in the small ways that they can. When they get petted in return, they acknowledge your relationship as a give-and-take social bond. However, try not to go overboard with dog tricks, as you don’t want to overwhelm your pets with lots of rules that it doesn’t need to learn. Instead, find a trainer that can focus on teaching your dog to be well-behaved around you, as well as other strangers and animals.
Depending on the dog breed, you may need a specialized trainer or a dog behaviorist. If you live in a multi-species home, some dog breeds are better suited to live with smaller animals than others. All dogs, however, can be trained to be well-behaved from a young age. Just be careful not to let your dog observe other badly-behaved animals, as its training can erode when exposed to the behavior of other animals.