So you finally decided to buckle down and get the dog training session your fluffy friend needs. But there are a few things you need to get together before you start your session. Just as you prepare for a day at a doggy daycare facility or the groomers, you have to prepare your pet for time with the trainer. But it’s not a difficult task if you have a game plan in mind. Here are a few tips to get you and your furry friend ready for training.
1. Gather Your Documents
If you’re training with a qualified dog trainer or dog training facility, they will need to see proof that your dog is healthy enough to attend the session and be around other dogs who may attend. That means you have to gather proof of your dog’s shots and licenses. Rabies shots are a mainstay but some facilities may want to see if your dog has additional vaccinations, such as distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, and parainfluenza (DHLPP) or Bordetella.
The leash and the collar are some of the most important items to bring to your dog training session. Without these two items, it will be hard to control your pet or make her learn a command or trick. Check with the dog trainer for any recommendations of collars or leashes that work best in the training session. Pack an extra leash and collar, too.
3. Give a Little Playtime
If you have a high-energy dog or a young pup, he may have extra energy to burn. It doesn’t have to be a hike up a hill or a full session at your local dog park, either. Take a little of the energy down a notch by taking him for a walk. This will help your dog to be as calm as possible when attending the session and to give him a little exercise.
4. Empty Her Stomach
Right before the training session is not the time to pack your pup with her favorite meal or snacks. Let her eat well in advance of the session so you can avoid as many accidents as possible. Make sure she takes any medication she needs with her food at her regularly scheduled time, including her heartworm medicine, such as the easy chewable Heartgard Plus Chewables for dogs that Allivet offers. While you’re at it, it’s a good time to let your dog take a “restroom” break.
Treats and toys work to enhance learning during your training sessions and can be essential for training. When your dog does a good job, it’s important to reward her. This can best be performed through praise. You can also pack her favorite treat to make learning fun and delicious at the same time. Make sure it is a small, chewable treat so your puppy doesn’t focus on snacking instead of understanding the process of receiving a reward after doing an acceptable action. You can also pack a favorite toy that can hold her interest.
Starting training sessions with your dog is a special treat. Your first dog training session can be easy and fun for both you and Fido when you prepare in advance. Just follow these tips for a smooth first session.
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