Could you possibly imagine where we would all be as people without formal education and training? Obtaining the necessary information and training is a large part of becoming an adult and a functioning member of society. The same can be said about dog training.

How can you expect a dog to behave appropriately when they never had formal teaching from a professional educator? At Don’s Behavioral Dog Training, we believe a well-trained dog is a vital piece of your family and a positive experience as a pet owner. Our professional dog training focuses on dogs’ psychology and communication because, like people, communicating with them on terms they understand is the only way to create long-lasting education.

We also understand that dog training can be frustrating, stressful, and too much work for many pet owners, which is why today we’d like to provide answers to some of the frequently asked questions about dog training we often receive. Through effective, expert dog training, you’ll grow a rewarding connection with your dog that can completely change the experience of pet ownership!

What Kind of Dog Training Do I Need?

This is a great question and can really depend on your dog, their age, and what goals you’d like to accomplish. Professional dog training is a great place to start because we provide the experience and proven results to create an obedient dog over the long haul. Today most trainers use operant conditioning techniques such as positive reinforcement and negative punishment.  Many training tools can be used, and the more tools you have in your toolbox, the better trainer you are.  My toolbox happens to be 52 years old.

Why Should I Hire a Professional Dog Trainer?

As we touched on earlier, professional dog training comes backed by experience, knowledge, and proven results. Trust us; we’ve seen it all. From aggressive dogs to general commands and everything in between, Don has helped many pet owners across Minnesota become the unquestioned authority figure for their dogs. 

How Old Should My Dog Be For Training?

There is no age limit, really. If your dog is old enough for you to become its owner, you can begin training. Ideally, you should begin your dog training as early as possible—puppy training.  Begin with the basics.  We begin by starting a regular feeding schedule, potty training, and basic commands.

Is My Dog Too Old For Training?

You’ve all heard the saying “teach an old dog new tricks,” and that’s because it’s true! Your dog is never too old for effective dog obedience training because they can always learn, just like us. In some cases, your dog may have physical limitations due to their age that could prevent certain dog training activities, but generally, older dogs can learn just as quickly.

Can You Train Aggressive Dogs?

Yes, of course! Aggression dog training is one of the primary issues pet owners face and that we help correct daily. Despite what you may think, any dog breed can have aggressive tendencies — either toward people or other dogs. But what you might not know is that aggressive behavior is usually fear-based. Aggression dog training is a slow process that teaches your dog to be less and less reactive over time.

How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Pulling On the Leash?

Leash training is important for the safety of both you and your dog and creates a positive experience that encourages the dog and owner to maintain healthy habits.  Beginning when they’re young is best because you can prevent them from developing bad habits or correcting them quickly. But even older dogs can benefit from leash training if you put in the time. No matter the specific leash behavior you’re looking to curb, Don offers effective leash training by understanding how to communicate with your dog. 

Contact Us Today!

We hope you found today’s post informative and helpful. There’s no question Don’s Behavioral Dog Training can help you and your dog come to a full understanding so that the relationship is strong and healthy for the future, whether your dog is just a puppy or is older.  So contact us today to learn more or schedule a free consultation with Don and take the first step to an obedient, well-behaved dog!