Discipline is one of the most important aspects of owning any Dog.
Puppy school is not an option – it is a necessity to train owners and it is important to include children in the family. That way, everyone will learn how to manage the dog and nurture it into becoming a well-adjusted member of the family. Puppy school helps develop good habits right from the start. Wait until your puppy is at least 6 months old before putting it through any serious work.
Trainers with extensive experience and knowledge can deal with just about any behavior problems your pup might come up with. Choose a trainer who is purposeful and patient. The well-trained dog is a sight to behold as it goes through its paces in the class. Its innate intelligence makes many dogs great successes in the obedience ring.
Of more importance is for you as owner to continue to practice the obedience lessons with your dog even after the class ends. Your dog will best remember the lessons when you incorporate them into your everyday routines.
For example you can tell your pup to "heel" while it follows you around the house, and to "sit" and "stay" while you prepare its dinner. Your wake up greeting in the morning can be for it to "roll over". Tell your dog to "go find the ball" while you get dressed and "go get the leash" before you go for walks together.
Training never ends, even as your puppy grows and matures. It just goes to show you that an old dog can learn new tricks… especially when it comes to obedience and discipline.
Please consult the services of a Professional Dog Trainer, Behaviorist or Veterinarian before implementing any of the advice contained on this site.