By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Blogger
As we come out of the Ohio winter, have you noticed your dog’s manners suffering? You haven’t given a command to your dog in months and now you’re wondering why he isn’t listening. Owning a dog isn’t much fun when your dog listens poorly. The good news is that you don’t have to settle for that. What should any self-respecting dog owner do? Well you can work it out yourself and have some brilliant moments intermixed with periods of frustration or you can contact your dog pro to work with you on a “Spring Tune-Up”. In less than an hour your dog will be responding to you.
Wonderful! Owning a dog can be fun.
I highly recommend this, especially to those of you who haven’t been working your dog. A one hour session with any well-educated dog pro is the best investment you’ll make in your dog. Just tell him or her that you want a spring tune-up. You want to make sure that all is right as you begin walking, or walking more. No major overhauls, no new commands, just to get you back to the basics; where you were when winter came along and pushed you into hibernation. A good one hour session with a dog trainer costs about the same or less than a dinner out, drinks and a movie. And it will make your dog so much more enjoyable to be with, you won’t believe it.
Dog training professionals have a trained eye and the tools they need to get you and your dog “right”. Whether your New Year goals are to have a well mannered dog , stop him from consistently pulling on leash, or to achieve therapy certification, a little help from your dog training professional will get you there much more quickly and surely than all the magazines and books, videos and TV shows you could ever absorb.
Call your dog professional today and tell them you want some help. Not a complete overhaul, but a spring tune-up to get things right. And if you are serious about a truly well behaved dog, talk to your pro about a series of lessons to get you there.
One last word – all dog training professionals are not equal. Some are better communicators than others, and some will mesh with your personality style better than others. If you go to one and don’t get a good value from the experience, check out others until you find the one that is best for you and your dog.
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