It’s a Good Thing You’re Cute: Dog Training for the Ornery Pup
If you’ve seen a well-behaved, calm, intuitive dog, it probably took a process to get that way – one that likely included a lot of patience, commitment, and hard work. Sure, all dogs are sweet and have the potential to be great housemates, but without an investment in dog training, your home life might become a bit strained from time to time. The Pet Experts not only recommend signing up for a class, we offer one that fits the bill!
Dog training is fun! When both you and your pet find it enjoyable, the dividends are huge. But before we get into details, it’s important to approach the process lightly. Keep your sessions short and effective and consistently reinforce new skills. Whether you’re training a younger dog or an older one, enjoy the process, and make sure it’s rewarding.
Time and Place
It’s true, dogs of any age can pick up new skills. If you have a younger dog, however, it’s ideal to get them started after they reach 12 weeks of age. Remember, both good and bad behaviors are ingrained. Paying too much attention to unwanted behavior can actually backfire. Consistency and a healthy rewards program are the best ways to reinforce good behaviors.
Be sure that all members of the household are upholding high standards and are providing the same types of rewards.
The Basics and Beyond
Having a firm handle on basic obedience helps lay the foundation for successful dog training. Understanding “sit,” “stay,” “come,” “down,” “leave it,” and other commands will make your experience in our dog training class more enjoyable. If your dog doesn’t know these terms before class begins, they soon will!
The Social Butterfly
Dogs are always learning, and if they have a good experience with a certain stimulus, they’ll react to it in kind. Other pets, strangers, loud noises, traffic, crowds, etc. can all leave lasting impressions on our canine friends. In our puppy class, we reinforce the idea that dogs are safe; from there, they’ll develop a type of acceptance and confidence.
A Word on Positive Reinforcement
Ignoring behaviors that you don’t want will eventually push your dog to behave in a way that garners something positive, like a snack. Good behavior should reap praise and treats. Repeat. This is the core of positive reinforcement, and dogs respond to it very well.
Instead of punishing “bad” behavior, always reward the good moments; then watch in wonder as the positive changes begin to take root.
Dog Training for a Happy Future
Some dogs require a little extra support. If you think your dog suffers from separation anxiety, resource guarding, aggression, or other behavioral issues, let The Pet Experts help.
To register for one of our dog training classes, please call 630-530-1900.
We accept walk-ins during our Doctor's Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!
News & Events
The 4th Annual Mystic Market!
Join us at the 4th Annual Mystic Market: A Mystical and Magical Fundraiser with Powerful Featured Readers and Amazing Handcrafted Items for Sale! The event takes place Saturday, October 20th from 11AM - 4:30PM. Meet featured celebrity psychic reader, Theo Kostaridis! The event will host a bake sale with delicous homemade treats as well as Fall Pet Photos for $10 from 11AM - 3PM. Dress your pet in costume for the Pet Costume Contest at 12:30PM! Proceeds from the event benefit Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue & Sacred Space Animal Sanctuary and Rescue.
Pet CPR & First Aid Certification Class!
Join us on Sunday, October 7th from 9AM - 12PM at our clinic for a Pet CPR & First Aid Certification Class! This class is ideal for anyone who loves animals including: animal professionals, pet sitters, animal shelter staff/volunteers, rescue personnel, First Responders, Fire/EMT and pet owners alike! Taught by trained professionals, it provides each participant an overview of what to do in an emergency situation with their pet prior to getting veterinary care. For more information or to register, click HERE. Check out the Facebook Event HERE. A portion of each registration benefits our rescue partners at St. Sophia's Forgotten Felines.
Save the Date! Join Us at the Magnificent Mutts & Meows Run4Paws 5K!
Join us and rescue partners Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue for their 4th annual Run4Paws 5K & 2K Puppy Path! The event takes place Saturday, October 6th at McCollum Park (6801 Main St.) in Downers Grove with the race starting promptly at 9AM. The best part: attendees are welcome to race with their dog! Medals are awarded for males and females in each age category.
For additional information and to register, please click HERE.