Most people may think of training classes as something done with only puppies. You teach the basics such as “sit”, “stay”, and “not chewing on the couch”, and are done, right? However, training doesn’t end once your puppy becomes an adult dog. Training is a lifelong process, regardless of your dog’s age. Whether you’re bringing home an adult dog from a shelter, or need a refresher course, training classes are an excellent choice for adult dogs.
Help a New Rescue Get Settled In
Bringing home a new rescue is a great way to save a life. But, your new friend may not have been trained prior to coming home. Most shelters do not have any information on a dog’s prior training history. Or, they may have incorrect information given to them by the previous owners. Many dogs in shelters are also placed there for “behavioral issues”. Training becomes integral to ensuring success in their new home.
They may also have trouble learning their new “house rules” in your home. A basic training course together is a great way to learn basic behaviors, bond together, and start communicating. Even if your rescue seems well behaved and knows what’s what, it’s a great way just to spend some quality time having fun together.
Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
Even the best dog may need a refresher course on certain subjects. Training classes are great for brushing up on the basics, or learning new tricks. Adult dogs may benefit from a “fun” class such as agility or flyball. Or, fine-tune their skills with advanced obedience. Beginner classes are also great if you have children learning to train the family dog and want a structured environment for everyone to learn in.
Focus on Strengthening Bonds
Training classes are a wonderful way to bond with your dog. They offer focused time together where it is clear what you want, and what they understand. You may find yourself and your dog less stressed when it is clear what you both want and need. Training is also great for sharing some fun time, eating lots of yummy treats, and burning off excess energy.
Training Classes Add Some Socialization
Another benefit of a group training class is socialization. While you may not get specific “puppy play sessions” like you might with a puppy kindergarten class, your dog will still have the opportunity to be near other dogs in a safe, structured environment. This may be better for nervous dogs than the hit or miss of a dog park. Direct interaction doesn’t have to happen to help your dog benefit from being around others. And, if your dog doesn’t feel comfortable, private training classes are always a great alternative.
Regardless if you’ve just brought home a new best friend, or want to spend more time with your current pal, training classes are a wonderful option. Brush up on some old skills, learn some new tricks together, or explore a new activity you can both enjoy. Whatever you pick, you and your dog are sure to enjoy the time spent together.
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