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The Benefits of Group Dog Training
Mary Jamison 1118

The Benefits of Group Dog Training

Oh the decisions! Private training or group training? Day training or Board & Train?

The good news is you’ve got options. The bad news is…you’ve got options! You’ve got to decide which method is best for you and your dog.

The bottom line is that you want to keep your dog safe by training her to listen and respond to what you want. And you want to develop strong bonds and a loving, harmonious relationship with the dog that shares your home, your family, and your life. Whichever method you choose, rest assured you’ll have those two important needs met.

Each one of the training options listed above has its own benefits. Group training, the most popular choice, may be just what you and your pup need. Consider the following benefits to see if group training fits your needs and your lifestyle.

Built-In Socialization for Your Dog
Dogs are social animals! Most of them love to be around other dogs, but they have to learn how to do it appropriately.

Group training offers the socialization your pup needs and opportunities to work, under the guidance of a trainer, on learning how to listen to you when meeting new dogs or playing with friends.

Dealing with Distractions
Life doesn’t happen in a vacuum, it’s loud and distracting and we all have to learn to deal with it. Learning skills while dealing with distractions can be challenging at first, but in the long run, your dog will learn to tune out the distractions she faces and tune into you. With the built-in distractions of other people and dogs, she’ll develop the discipline to respond to your cues when out and about.

Built-in Socialization for You
With group training, you’ll have the opportunity to talk with others in the same boat. You can share stories, tips, and challenges with others who are learning right along with you. Learning new skills can be difficult at times, not just for your dog, but for you, too. Other class participants can be wonderful sources of motivation and inspiration.

Cover the Basics
Your expert trainers know the skills that are most important for you and your pup to learn, and they use their expertise to teach them in the order and manner that will benefit you most. Even if your dog is already familiar with some of the skills taught in the group class, we all know that practice is the key to sustaining good behavior. And when new skills are taught, you’ll have the support you need to work on the skills at home.

Learning From Others
Because everyone in the class is working together, you’ll make all kinds of observations as you move through the class. You’ll see another dog do something your dog hasn’t done yet and you’ll benefit from seeing the trainer help that dog. Someone will ask a question you may not have thought to ask. And at some point you’ll ask a question someone else was hoping would be asked. Learning together is a powerful way to have a more well-rounded, nuanced experience.

Generally, group classes are a more affordable option, making them accessible to more people. And if this is your first experience with dog training, it’s an affordable way to dip your paw in to discover your unique needs while covering the basics.

No matter which training method you choose, you should feel good about doing something so helpful for your dog. A well-trained, well-mannered dog is safer, happier, and healthier.

Training is a gift you give yourself, too. A well-trained, well-mannered dog makes creating a calm, peaceful, and balanced home environment so much easier.

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