We already know that Long Island is home to the best human schools in the country, but there is also a wide variety of excellent dog training schools and programs. Whether you have a new puppy in the house or an older dog with a behavior problem, dog training is a must for dogs and their owners.
With so many programs to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which learning experience would be best for your puppy. Melanie Hanan, Founder / Owner of WagMore Dog Training, LLC, has been in the dog training business for over 10 years and has provided two of the most popular types of dog training services to her clients – home training. “Since dog training is 50% human education, the best training experience depends on the owner’s lifestyle and needs,” explains Hanan.
“Board-and-train is a great option for owners who may not have time to work with their pet when the trainer is away. It is also beneficial for dogs with behavioral or aggression issues. A boarding and training program typically lasts one to four weeks and when the dog is ready to go home, training continues for the owner as this is a key part of the success of the dog. program. The duration and elements of the program are personalized according to the owner’s objectives, ”explains Hanan. Board-and-train is also a great alternative to boarding a dog when pet owners go on vacation.
If you prefer to keep your pooch at home, there is always an option for private lessons. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of the dog and the goals of the owner, and can take place at home, at the park, or at any number of locations to facilitate a comprehensive training program. “Daily practice by the family is necessary for effective learning as well as a follow-up interview to ensure good results in the future,” says Hanan.
Whether you choose internal or external training, when weighing the options, Hanan suggests doing your homework. “Be sure to read reviews and ask for references. Dog education is an unregulated profession, which means anyone can claim to be a trainer. Make sure to check certifications and conduct extensive research. before moving forward. It is very important to use trainers who do not teach using fear, submission and / or intimidation tactics. Positive reinforcement techniques help to solidify the bond between you and your dog, ”explains Hanan.
Keep in mind that each dog learns differently based on genetics, breed, and the presence or absence of early training / socialization, so be patient with your puppy. Before you know it, you’ll both be at the top of your class!
For more information on WagMore Dog Training, visit the website at wagmore.chien.
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