What A Board And Train CT Program Can Do To Improve Your Pet's Manners

By David Olson

Some dogs just naturally have good manners and others take to obedience training like they were born for it. Then there are the pets who resist all efforts to teach them how to behave indoors and on a leash. If you are at your wit's end, and don't know what to do with your uncooperative puppy, you might consider a board and train CT program to get him on track and your life back to normal.

Training an animal is a lot more complicated when the family members are outside the house at school or working. Boarding your pet under these circumstances may be a good solution. There are basically two options when you use these services. You can choose an in home program or a kennel program.

When you opt for the in home training, your puppy will live with the trainer for a specified amount of time, normally ten to fourteen days. One advantage you have with this program is that your puppy won't be in a cage. Puppies are introduced to the kind of etiquette expected of an indoor pet. This includes respecting boundaries, not pulling food off tables and counters, and house training.

Kennel programs usually have animals in outdoor kennels unless there is a training session going on. They are kept with all the other animals. There is less interaction with people in an informal setting. You may incur additional fees if you want your puppy exercised or walked more often than the basic training package offers.

Basic training is the goal of most of these programs. Your puppy will learn how to heel, come, sit, and stay. He will be house trained. Your puppy will learn manners like not jumping up on people, not rushing doors, and not pulling on his leash.

Owners who want trainers to help them with dogs that have behavioral issues such as excessive shyness or aggression need to understand that some trainers resort to behavior modification methods that involve desensitizing. If you have a dog that is aggressive, and you want the trainer to modify this behavior, you need to discuss whether or not the trainer is a believer in prong, choke, or shock collars as a way to coerce an animal into behaving. If you object to flooding as a behavior modification technique, you should make that clear to the trainer.

One of the obvious advantages of using these services is that your pet will be learning good habits from a professional trainer. The results should be faster and more complete than if you had tried to do the work yourself. If you're going out of town and leaving your animal behind, taking him to a trainer might be a perfect option.

One of the disadvantages of this service is that you won't know exactly what is happening at the kennel or in a trainer's home. You have to trust that you are leaving your pet in good hands. Animals often regress once they return home. You should not expect a perfectly trained puppy even with this intensive training. It will be up to you to reinforce the lessons he learned.

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