An untrained, disobedient dogs can be a hassle in many ways. They can damage furniture in your home, run away, or even attack other people or animals. That's why it is key to get proper training for you and you dog through a school so that you can avoid or reduce many of these problems.
Training schools are great for everyone including those of you who have handled dogs before in the past. Besides having beginners classes that teach the basics of dog handling and care, there are advanced classes that can teach you and your dog cool tricks that will wow your friends and strengthen the relationship between you and your canine friend.
Dog training schools come in a variety of shapes in forms and have programs to suite different schedules if you're a busy person. Some schools will have a single 1 or 2 hour class that teach you and give you materials you need train your dog where other schools have extensive programs that last for several weeks and many hours.
The classes that most dog schools have not only teach the basics of obedience, but can also teach you and your dog competition-level tricks. Here are a few classes that most schools have available:
Puppy Training. Many schools will have some sort of obedience training for dogs under 6 months of age. You may have heard that it is best to wait until your dog is older before you should start training, but what you've heard is wrong. Training as a puppy is the best time for your dog because it helps avoid bad obedience habits your dog may get as it ages as well as prepares your dog socially with other people and animals. Puppy obedience training classes usually focus on training your puppy how to walk with a leash as well as simple commands like sit and stay.
Beginners Training. If you have a dog older than 6 months and don't know basics of training, there is class like this for you. This type of class will focus on common commands and obedience as well as teach you how to deal with problems that most owners experience with their dogs. If this is the first time you've owned and taken care of a dog, you should definitely consider this type of class.
Advanced Beginners Training. After the basics class, there usually is another class that helps both novice and expert dog owners teach their dog more commands and tricks as well as build up obedience for off-leash walking.
Off-leash training. Finally, most dog obedience training schools will have a course that educates you and trains your dog for off-leash walking. This type of training requires your dog to very obedient to your commands so that he doesn't end up running off.
After these types of courses, some schools will have expert, competition level training for those wanting to start winning ribbons with their dog. If you're planning on going to this level of training, you should look around at all your options so that you find the best one for you and your dog.