Choosing a Good Dog Trainer
What do I look for in a group class?
Ask to attend a session before enrolling. Watch for the following:
How much does training cost?
Training costs differ based on several factors - where you live, type of training, length of the program, etc. Private lessons can vary from $30 to $65 per hour; group lessons can start at $75, for a set of classes that can last 3 to 8 weeks. Your local shelter or pet store may offer subsidized programs for the general public and/or people who are adopting from the shelter. These costs may range from as low as $30 to up to $90, again depending on the type and length of the program.
When should I start training?
If your pet is a puppy, enroll him in puppy classes between 8 and 16 weeks of age. These classes teach basic commands, tricks, and dog and human socialization skills. Dogs older than six months should be enrolled in either adolescent or adult classes. Some trainers offer specialized older dog training classes for dogs who have never been formally trained before.
After you have decided on a trainer and program:
Bringing yourself and your dog to training classes benefits both of you, as your dog becomes a well-behaved member of your home and your neighborhood.
For more information
For more information on choosing a dog trainer, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) may help, or call 1-800-PET-DOGS.
Source: Adapted from the HSUS
The article originally appeared on DogTime.com.
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