Whether you're having a misbehaving dog or thinking about getting a new pet and wish to train it, proper training and discipline is important for the care of your pet. There are many positives that can happen with an obedient pet including less stress for you as well as safety for your animal friend.

If you have a disobedient dog, you can end up cleaning major messes, replacing damaged property, and of course could end up losing your pet because they either escape or get hit by a car or another disaster because they won't heel or mind their master.

Why choose a dog obedience school?

If you're an inexperienced or a new pet owner, a dog obedience school may be the best choice for you. A dog obedience school will teach you many techniques and methods for proper care and training of your dog. Plus, a lot of best schools will also teach you ways to manage with some of the emotions and stress you can get from a mischievous, misbehaving dog.

Dog obedience schools will have classes ranging from the basics of puppy training, all the way how to train a competition winning dog. Depending on the school that you go to, you can have a class that is just a single session and only one or two hours or other schools that have multiple sessions spanning 10 or more hours.

Dog Obedience Classes

There are many different classes available for dog training and so I'll just give the basics of each type of course you can find.
  • Puppy Training. There's a myth that you should wait until over 6 months until you start training your puppy, but in fact, training should begin as early as 8 or 9 weeks. If you wait until 6 months to start training your dog, you can end up with an unstructured and unruly dog that can be even more difficult to train. Most puppy training classes will involve teaching your puppy how to walk with a leash, sit, come, and stay. Often, these classes will help your puppy socialize with other animals, an aspect of training often skipped. Proper socialization is key to having a dog that's well behaved with other dogs/animals.
  • Beginners. If you have a dog older than 5 months, this type of class will be of interest of you. This type of dog obedience class focuses on the basics for dogs that haven't had any training yet. A beginner class will teach all the basic tricks (sit, stay, play, etc.) as well as educate you on how to deal with common dog problems.
  • Advanced Beginners. After the basic beginners course, there's typically an advanced, more in-depth course you can participate in. This one is great if you've already trained your dog the basics and want to teach him something new. This type of training helps build up your dog's obedience levels in preparation of off-leash commands and subordination.
  • Off-leash and Further Advanced. Once you've mastered all training with your dog and its obedience, you can get even more training that focuses on getting your dog obedient without a leash at the park for example.