What Are Dog Trainer Schools?

Ever wondered what it is that’s so great about dog trainer schools? Anyone who has ever had a dog that was wild or acted inappropriately, knows that this type of training makes their pets more manageable and easy to handle. In just a few short classes the dog learns obedience and stops its bad behavior. That’s only one of the many positive things.

Schools are located around the world and in a lot of places that many people would never expect. Today even pet stores offer obedience classes, either with the dog by itself or with its owner. Most owners find it beneficial to attend classes with their pets so they can learn ways of taming their pets’ behavior.

There are a number of different dog trainer schools in the world, but most focus on teaching a wide range of skills. The first step is to identify and treat any bad behavior the dog has. This includes, but is not limited to jumping on guests, biting, snapping and howling or barking late at night. The trainer may need to focus on extreme behavior as well, especially if the animal has bitten someone severely in the past.

Trainer schools typically use conditioning to teach. The dog will quickly learn that biting or jumping is a bad thing. The trainer may use a shock collar or a simple slap of the snout to teach this idea. Eventually your pet learns to associate negative behavior with a negative reaction from the trainer.

Schools also teach obedience training to pets. The focus here is not on the negative behavior, but on teaching the animal positive traits. Anyone who wants their pet to learn simple tricks and commands will focus on this type of training. The dog learns to sit, stay, roll over and even speak. This is often done through positive reinforcement techniques. The dog will be shown one method of behavior and then get a treat when they follow that behavior.

As owners can get highly frustrated when trying to work with their pets at home, dog trainer schools are usually a better option. The pet learns new behavior is a comfortable setting with their owner on hand. The quicker the dog adapts to the new obedience training, the faster the changes will be seen at home. That makes using schools a good choice for pet owners.

Back To School Season Affects Pets Too

As children head back to school, pets can be affected in all sorts of ways. Here are some tips for helping your pet adjust to changes in the family routine.”-

*The main problems we see during the back-to-school season are animals, especially dogs, that love to eat school supplies. Although it’s too early to say “the dog ate my homework”, dogs love to eat erasers, pens, pencils, etc. This time of the year we tend to take a lot of school supplies from the animal’s tummies.

*Ingested pennies cause Zinc toxicity and can often be fatal. (In these economic times watch your pennies!) General rules of thumb are: Pet proof your home like you would for children, Keep small edible items off the floors, Stick to your basic boring diets as much a possible, as too much variety upsets their tummies and your oriental rugs

*In houses with children, pets bond strongly with children during the summer and often suffer from separation anxiety or depression because of the sudden change in routine when kids go back to school. Pay extra attention to pets when children go back to school because they miss the kids too.

*Some pets follow kids to school. Whether you walk or drive to school, your child’s buddy may have a secret GPS chip in his brain and follow your child to school. If your dog goes missing after your child goes to school, go check the school first!

*Depressed animals tend to overeat just like people do, so be careful to monitor portion sizes in order to prevent obesity.

And finally, we do live in Florida and despite what the calendar says, the summer heat is still in full force. Please don’t leave your pets in a hot car for any amount of time as they can and do die of heat stroke, very quickly.