Puppy Training Camps: Are They Helpful Or Harmful?

It can be hard to find the time to train your pooch properly – particularly if you have an energetic puppy. So you may be thinking about sending your pup to a puppy training camp. But is this a good idea? Are these camps helpful – or are they harmful? Read on to find out.

 

What Is A “Puppy Training Camp?”

A puppy training camp is exactly what it sounds like. It’s also often called a “board and train” camp. Your dog will be boarded at a facility, and receive extensive one-on-one training time with a professional, who can help with things like housebreaking, sitting on command, walking on a loose leash, crate training, and more.

These sessions will also be mixed with plenty of downtime and playing with other dogs to help improve your pup’s manners and ensure that he’s comfortable being around other animals. Of course, your pooch will get plenty of alone time, too.

 

Puppy Training Camps Can Be Helpful – But Only If You Work With Experienced Trainers!

So, are puppy training camps helpful? The answer is “yes,” but only if you work with experienced trainers at a reputable facility. There is little-to-no regulation in the industry, so the types of services offered can vary widely.

At Dog Dayz of California, for example, we employ expert, reputable trainers, and balance training with plenty of play sessions. You’re encouraged to visit your pup regularly, and can even take him home on weekends.

Not only that, but we also provide at-home visits after your puppy’s training period is over to ensure that he has taken his new habits and training to heart and to help you learn how to communicate with your dog more effectively. This ensures that you develop a strong bond with your dog, and that they are responsive to your commands. Want more information? Click here for details.

 

Work With Professional Trainers For The Best Results

If your dog is a good fit for a puppy training camp and you choose expert, vetted trainers such as the professionals at Dog Dayz of California, puppy training camps are a great option. To learn more and see your options for training packages at our facility, please contact us now. We would be happy to meet you and your pooch in person to learn more about your needs, and the training you’d like to provide for your dog.

Is It Ever Too Late To Start Training A Dog?

No matter how many times you hear it, you can teach a dog new tricks! Dogs are incredibly intelligent creatures, and with the right technique (and some amount of patience), dogs can be properly trained regardless if they’re under 1 year old or reaching the age of 10.

It’s really the same as with humans: some things are easier to teach kids than adults, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s impossible to learn anything once you get older. However, there are some things you should know about the process.

 

What Does Training a Dog Involve?

Whether you’re getting an older pup from a shelter, or want to correct some behaviors that have developed over the years of your family pet, training a dog isn’t an easy process. When dogs get older, the overall course of the training can take longer, may require more effort, but sometimes it’s not the age of the pup that influences it.

It can also be the type of training you need. In general terms, they can be:

  • Basic commands or tricks. In other words, teaching your dog how to listen to you, and respond;
  • Socialization skills, which is incredibly important if the dog will be recurrently exposed to busy environments where there are lots of people, or lots of other dogs;
  • Changing something in their behavior that may cause them or you harm. For instance, many pups can get too aggressive while they play without realizing it. They’re just excited to spend time with you, but if you’re not careful you can get hurt.

 

Do You Have to Train Your Dog?

If you’ve had the pup for a while now, you’ve already trained it without realizing it. Or, more specifically, it picked up on some of your cues (that you may not even be given consciously) and reacts to them. Dogs actually do process the meaning of words, so they understand their names, and small cues like “no, ” “yes” or the wonderful “do you want to go outside?”

Training your dog can be quite beneficial both for you and the pup, especially if there is a behavior that needs modification for safety reasons. Plus, it creates a better bond between you and the dog, and who doesn’t want that?

 

Over to You

Do you have an older pup that needs some training? We can help! Contact Dog Dayz California right now for more information about our services.