Dog Training

When you and your dog engage in training, you establish and strengthen a mutual bond of trust that encourages your dog to follow instructions, understand boundaries, and become a well-adjusted companion. If you are feeling frustrated with your dog's behavior, remember that it’s up to you to teach him what is acceptable and what is not.

There are many dog training techniques you can use yourself or, you may want to consider enrolling you and your dog in training classes.  Your efforts will result in a calmer and safer household, and a healthier and happier dog.

Selecting a qualified dog trainer

PAWS encourages all dog guardians to attend organized training classes as part of a dog’s training plan. Classes will allow you and your dog to interact with other dogs, which is important for their socialization, and you will get a chance to see a variety of training techniques.

When selecting a dog trainer and classes, follow these tips to help ensure the business is reputable and will meet your and your dog’s needs:

  • Ask for references from friends who have recently used the trainer's services.
  • Ask to observe a class lead by the trainer you are considering. Observe her interaction with the dogs as well as the guardians.
  • Search for a dog trainer through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
  • Check the business' status with your local Better Business Bureau.
  • If you are determined to choose a business that trains your dog at their facility without you, be sure to tour the facility and introduce your animal to the trainer and training staff before enlisting their services.
  • Read more tips on how to find a professional dog trainer.

Training your dog yourself

Reputable dog trainers will tell you it’s essential for you to be involved in your dog’s training plan, and to reinforce the training by practicing at home. So whether you and your dog start with a formal series of classes or you choose to work on your dog’s behavior before attending classes, it’s important to know the basics about how dogs learn.

To help your dog become well trained and educated visit PAWS’ online resource library where you can find details on a variety of common behavior issues. You can also learn how to use dog toys when training.

If you need additional help with your dog’s behavior contact the PAWS free behavior helpline.

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