How A Dog Obedience School Changed My Life

A few years ago, I decided to enroll my beloved dog in an obedience school because she was often unruly. However, after attending multiple classes, I came to realize that it wasn’t my dog who was behaving strangely—it was me.

When you become part of a canine obedience program, you learn effective methods for teaching your dog proper behavior. It’s quite common for dog owners to take their puppies to obedience schools during the early stages of training.

The training typically takes place in small groups where not only the dog is taught, but the owner is also educated on how to train, discipline, and reward their canine companion.

In reality, a professional dog trainer doesn’t solely train the dog; they teach the dog’s owner how to conduct the training. However, it is possible to send your dog to a training school without attending yourself. Nevertheless, as the owner, you should still acquire skills to reinforce what your dog has learned at the training facility. By attending classes with your dog, you both have a better chance of understanding each other and growing as a team under expert guidance.

It’s important for everyone who interacts with the dog to participate in the training to ensure consistent techniques and commands. Otherwise, the dog can become very confused.

There were many moments when I felt like giving up because it was more challenging to change my own behavior than to change my dog’s behavior. I had to learn to reward my dog more often than scolding her, which surprised me.

What’s fascinating is that as I began to see myself from a fresh perspective, it became clear to me that it wasn’t just my relationship with my dog that needed to change. It was also my attitude towards other people. It was a profound realization that was difficult to accept. Looking back, I can confidently say that attending that obedience school truly transformed my life. I wouldn’t be the person I am today, and that applies to both dogs and humans.

If you’re unsure whether or not to attend a class with your dog, don’t hesitate. It’s an experience that can bring about positive change.

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