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  • New(er) Approaches to Dog Training

    Saturday, October 29th, 2016, 1:35 am

    Dog training is a constantly evolving field with innovative techniques popping up often and a rotating list of best practices to test. There are several areas that have received more and more attention in recent years that we explore below.

    Humans and canines

    In order for the dog training we do here to be effective in the long term, we need the cooperation of our human clients, as well as the attention of their canines. If dog owners don’t consistently enforce and supplement the training and behavioral conditioning we worked hard at with your pooch, it will be difficult to measure the progress your pet has made accurately since you haven’t been doing your part to instill good behavior. So practice, practice, practice at home. And as always, a few treats never hurt!

    Importance of dog’s play

    Play is fun for our canine companions but experts are starting to come out saying it’s also a necessary part of puppy socialization and introducing your dog to the world. It serves as an important function in training. Observing and studying a dog’s play behavior helps trainers identify and solve behavioral issues. In other words, just because play is fun doesn’t mean it’s not a serious matter worthy of attention.

    The profession of dog training

    Dog training hasn’t always been what some may refer to as a “real” profession. It sure is now. Many trainers have paved the way, and continuing education and training as a dog trainer and behavior expert is widely available.

    There are several national and international organizations like the International Association of Canine Professionals, dedicated  to advancing trainers. As the IACP’s mission states, it’s dedicated to the “education, development and support of dog training professional world-wide. The IACP provides a community where experienced dog trainers mentor, guide and cultivate members to their full potential."

    Here at the Connected Canine in San Fernando Valley, CA, we can help you and your family interact more positively with your pet pooch, helping you understand how your collaboration will help make your new (or even longtime) furry family member better behaved. Contact us about our training programs today.

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