Published at Monday, 20 May 2019. Dog Training. By Garland Geoffroy.
Group Lessons – Group dog training sessions are when multiple dog owners and their dogs work with a teacher, usually a professional or semi-professional dog trainer, for a certain number of class periods. These lessons can also be called clinics or obedience classes. Group lessons are more affordable than private lessons and can also help socialize your dog because you're around many other animals and owners for extended periods of time. However, the cost is still higher than other training methods and you don't get nearly the amount of attention and help from the trainer running the course than you would in a private lesson setting. Additionally, oftentimes the instructors for group lessons may be less experienced or qualified than if you were to seek out a professional to give you private training.
The intermediate training generally lasts up to 10 weeks, and is intended for dogs that are 5 months or older. Some professionals feel it is essential for participating dogs to have completed the basic training course to get the most out of this training, should your dog not be used to the basic training or commands not only will it hold his training back, but it could put him off further training. So it is important that your dog has become accustomed to the basic commands and understands what is expected of him.
The Body Language of Effective Dog Training. Training your dog is the ultimate expression of leadership: you are taking the initiative to teach, guide, and direct your dog. Your body language, therefore, should reflect your role as teacher and leader, communicating a calm self-confidence and composure. Let's look at the components of non-verbal communication as they affect your dog: Invite learning with your facial expression and demeanor. Your body language begins at the top, with your face. Training should be a positive, pleasant experience for you and your dog. Before you begin, and periodically throughout, consciously relax your facial muscles. Smile gently. Soften your eyes. Take a deep, relaxing breath, and keep breathing! When you are relaxed and happy, you present a safe haven for your dog's attention. (And there is nothing to be tense about, right? This is dog training, not world peace!) A soft eye will invite your dog to seek out your face, whereas a hard stare may intimidate your dog into breaking off eye contact, reducing your ability to communicate clearly.
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