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Advantages of Self-Training Your Puppy

Who Should Train Your Puppy
It is an undisputed fact that training your puppy is a necessary requirement for her proper socialization and installing good habits in her. However, it has always been a point of debate as to who should be in-charge of training your puppy. There are various methods for training your puppy. You can train her on your own, take her to classroom training sessions or hire a professional trainer to train your puppy.

All the aforementioned methods of training have their advantages and disadvantages. People supporting any of the methods have a strong case to support their preferred method. It is true that formal and classroom training methods have some advantages because of the involvement of trained and experienced professionals. However, nothing beats the joy and pleasure of training your puppy on your own.

Moreover, it is not possible to take your puppy to formal training classes and puppy socials until she gets all of her shots. This means that she cannot attend the formal training classes until the age of 6 months. You cannot leave her untrained until she becomes 6 months because if you do so, you are may have an ill-mannered and rowdy dog. Secondly, the classroom trainings are general in nature and do not keep in mind the specific requirements and temperament of your puppy. Early and personalized training is necessary to prevent a host of possible behavior problems. However, you can go for classroom training at a later age to train your puppy for special tricks. Formal training comes in handy if you want to train your dog for show purposes.

Advantages of Personalized Training
Now you have just two options for training your puppy. You can either hire a personalized trainer or train your puppy yourself. A personalized training program would design the training objectives and training sessions according to her needs; her breed and personality characteristics; size and type of your home and your family members. However many puppy owners have difficulties in finding a qualified personal trainer for their puppies. Moreover, some people are not able to afford a personal trainer because of budgetary constraints. In such cases and even otherwise, self-training is often the best option to train your puppy. 

Self-Training- The Best Option     
The best training option that you have for training your puppy is to do it yourself. Many puppy owners are apprehensive about training their puppies. They consider puppy training a time consuming, specialized job and do not feel equipped to handle puppy training. However, this is a misconceived notion. Puppy training is a specialized job but it is very easy to pick up training tricks and tips. With some basic understanding of dog behavior and keen interest in the well being of your puppy, you can easily learn how to train her. This book will cruise you through all the necessary steps for puppy training and help you to commence your training with relative ease.

Puppy training is not only a simple but also an enriching experience. By taking time to train your puppy, you are doing a great favor to yourself and the puppy. Remember that your puppy is unique and no one understands her better that you. You are the best judge for her training requirements and are sympathetic to her limitations and special needs.

Training is the best way to establish a bond of love, care and mutual respect with your puppy. Training sessions will bring you closer to your puppy and she will become more responsive to your commands and gestures. Puppy training is an emotionally enriching and educational experience. By training your puppy, you will acquire better insights into puppy behavior.

You will become better equipped to provide care and affection when she needs it. Training will also establish a line of communication with your puppy and she will be in a better position to understand and respond to your commands. Puppy owners who train their puppies themselves seldom have complaints such as if “My puppy does not listen to me” or “she refuses to come when called”.

When you train you puppy on your own, she gets to listen to your voice more often and responds to your commands immediately. The puppies that receive training in classrooms or by professional trainers are at times delinquent in their behavior.

They respond perfectly to commands of their trainers but may not give the same response for your commands. This is primarily because the puppy recognizes the trainer as her owner and not you. Self-training is consistent and avoids confusion for your puppy. She learns the meaning of each command and understands your facial expressions and gestures.  

By training your puppy, you are establishing yourself in the alpha role for her. She will consider you her leader and become subjugated and responsive to you. If your puppy does not consider you as her alpha, she will not respect you. This lack of respect is the basis for many behavioral problems.

The puppy also needs a hierarchical structure and requires someone to whom she is accountable. Training sets up the required hierarchical structure. Therefore training is a perfect way of establishing natural and not enforced respect for you in the puppy’s mind.  

Puppy training is a rewarding experience not only for her but also for you. Puppy training is fun and brings you emotionally closer to your canine friend. Training is a perfect way of keeping you fit and healthy. When you train your puppy, you get much-required workouts and exercise. Moreover, puppy training is a good stress buster and a perfect way of chilling out after a long and hectic day.

By training your puppy, you not only save money and avoid inconvenience for yourself but also do a great favor for dog lovers and the entire dog community. Puppies trained by their owners have very few chances of developing behavioral disorders. However, the puppies that do not receive adequate training bring about a bad name for themselves and the entire dog community.

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