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Training a New Puppy

Being a proud puppy owner is a blast. Pups are fun, adorable, and offer constant companionship. But in order to ensure your puppy has the proper behavior, it's often necessary to train him or her; sometimes, this task is best left to the pros! Check out some helpful definitions that may assist you in your search for a professional dog trainer. You may also run into these phrases when reading up on training yourself.

  • Obedience Training – Good behavior starts with you. To train your new family member, you may want to look into a class for the dog. Obedience school is oftentimes offered at local pet stores. A professional will know how to teach your dog to obey a rule, not bite, and keep from being aggressive toward people and animals.
  • Housebreak – A lesson you should be teaching your pup from the start is how to eliminate outside, and not in his crate or on your carpet!
  • Agility Training – This can come later in your puppy's life if you wish. In order for your puppy to exhibit the proper behavior, he'll need to know how to listen, follow commands, and respect you as an owner. Agility training helps in all of these areas, as it requires your dog to pay special attention to you in order to complete a trick.
  • Whisper Training – Because a dog is a wild animal at his core, it's important that you know how to "speak" his language. Whisper training helps you understand your pooch so he can be as well behaved as possible.
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    Animal Behavior College
    Valencia, CA 91355
    Dog training is an important subject that our college is designed to address through the best educational programs available. Register today for pet training courses through our established college.
     
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    Woodside Farms Dog Training
    212 Forest Dr., Orange, VA 22960
    We train all kinds of dogs - from little puppies through adulthood. We also offer cage free boarding.
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    (908) 400-8223
     
    User Review: "Outstanding. My dog couldn't be more well trained. I felt comfortable sending my dog here with the cage free environment."
    Off Leash K9 Training.com
    8782 Seminole Trail, Unit B2, Ruckersville, VA 22968
    OLK9 conducts only private lessons that help the dog/owner relationship develop through clear communication and consistency.
    (434) 422-4022
    Bark Busters Home Dog Training
    1890 Bentivar Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911
    Personalized dog training in the convenience of your home! Our certified professional dog trainer will help you connect with your dog and teach basic obedience lessons and behavior modification.
    (434) 973-5516
    Albemarle's Wakefield Kennel Inc
    800 Earlysville Forest Dr, Earlysville, VA 22936
    (434) 973-5171
    Atlantic Coast K9 Training Service
    257 Whitewood Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901
    (434) 973-7968
    Dogg House The
    2101 Berkmar Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22901
    (434) 975-3647
    Canine Campus
    440 Westfield Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901
    (434) 964-1420
    All Things Pawssible Training Center & Doggie Day
    706 Henry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
    (434) 972-7297
    Leader of The Pack Training
    310b Betsy Bell Rd, Staunton, VA 24401
    (540) 448-2036
    Off Leash K9 Training
    2949 Wetherburn Court, Woodbridge, VA 22191
    Small dog training business specializing in private lessons, dog behavior consultations, and teaching the owners to understand why their dogs do the things they do. This helps create a strong bond!
    (888) 413-0896
    The Enlightened Dog
    Fairfax, VA 20151
    Training your dog should be a fun experience that motivates both you and your dog. We use scientifically proven methods based on positive reinforcement. Our group classes and private lessons are effective and fun for you.
    (703) 293-9388
    Dulles Executive Pet Center
    44931 Lane Ct, Sterling, VA 20166
    Our Dog Trainers in Oakpark offers a comprehensive on all aspects of dog training & behavior. Using unique techniques, methods & approaches that are most effective.
    (703) 709-1111
    The Scooter Store
    Dillwyn, VA 23936
    (866) 926-3883
    Bark About It,llc K9 Training
    5320 Weymouth Drive, North Springfield, VA 22151
    Call us at (844) 333-4812 in North Springfield, VA, for effective dog training from a team with experience. Call us at (844) 333-4812 in North Springfield, VA, for effective dog training from a team w
    (571) 331-5591
    The Puppy Whisperer
    Pop Box 150442, Alexandria, VA 22315
    Obedience training and behavior consulting for behavioral problems with your dog. I offer private in home lessons, semi private lessons and puppy kindergarten classes starting this fall.
    (571) 283-9182


    Enrolling in obedience classes and using whispering techniques are key to training your dog to be well behaved. Canines use these skills for work duties in the military, police force, or on the farm herding animals. Pets who understand rules and commands are less likely to show aggression, bite children, or ignore their master. For training to work, the owner must work with their pet and never reward bad behavior. Most classes at puppy schools are completed in two months and meet weekly. Owners work with puppies daily to teach new rules. Basic commands include sit, stay, and lay. Once this basic skill level is mastered, tricks like roll over are taught. Agility programs help prevent boredom and keep pets exercised. They're a good step to take after a canine masters primary commands. Canines who understand these rules behave in any environment, including the groomer, or veterinary office. Housebreaking a puppy requires lessons at home. A kennel, crate, or cage is useful in housebreaking. Many pets consider these units to be their own personal space, so they don't object to being placed in one. Barking is a behavior that many pet owners want corrected. Repetitive “no-bark” commands help overcome this negative conduct. Some veterinarians recommend the use of citronella collars that spray citronella if a dog barks. The collars are more humane than shock collars and have shown to be very effective. Look for schools that are taught by professionals with certification in obedience and agility expertise. These instructors may work privately, or for a boarding kennel. Whisperers are better to use for aggressive canines, including those who have already bitten someone. They work to get the problem canine to obey simple commands after determining what triggers the animal's negative response. Ask your veterinarian about dog trainers in your area.
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