Does training a dog break it’s spirit?
Quite the contrary, training is about communicating and creating a bond of love between you and your dog. Training gives your dog the comfort of clearly understanding your expectations so that he/she can relax and enjoy both you and your home.
Isn’t obedience training only for "show dogs?"
Obedience is about building bonds between you and your dog that last a lifetime. Learning to walk loosely on a leash, sit when asked, stay for safety sake, and come when called are all basic obedience exercises that help provide a safe living environment for your dog. More advanced skills and show preparation take those concepts and refine them for a competitive atmosphere. Two totally separate styles of training.
I don’t need obedience; just tell me how do I get my dog to come when called?
Sadly, without the foundation of language between you and your dog on simpler issues like "sit", "down" and "stay", the command "come" will be very difficult to get. "Come" requires the dog to leave what it is enjoying and return to you. Often we use treats to entice that response, but in the long run a treat may not win out over chasing a rabbit, or visiting a neighbor. It is the learned behavior of responding to your commands, despite distractions, that win that battle.
Shouldn’t training start after a dog is 1 year old?
Training is best started at the peak time of canine learning, between 10 weeks and 20 weeks of age. That time frame is the foundation of learning, much like infancy to age 5 in humans. It is true, structured obedience should not begin until a dog reaches the maturity of 5 months, but foundation learning and language development is best started very young at a puppy pre-school class.
Jumping, biting and running away are just puppy behaviors that my dog will outgrow, right?
Sadly, animal shelters are full of dogs that were not taught appropriate manners and therefore were unable to stay in a forever home. We, as owners, do not want to encourage from our puppies the very behaviors we do not want; such as jumping, play biting, and keep away to name a few. Dogs do not outgrow bad behaviors; they grow into them.
Can’t anybody train a dog?
Dogs have personalities just like we do. Some are easily redirected and seem to just mold into our home and our lives. In those cases professional training may not be needed. Your Veterinarian is a great source of advise as to whether you need training assistance.
Isn’t my dog is too old to train?
Older dogs, like us, may be set in their ways. We simply move slowly and patiently through their new learning. The oldest dog brought to me for training was 9 years old.
Do you have to be harsh and rough to get a dog to listen and follow directions?
At The Train Station we train with the least amount of correction to get the behavior that we want. The goal of training is to praise and motivate far more than you correct. Your leadership will come with your ability to communicate and create a positive household for your canine companion.