So you’ve got yourself a new puppy, Thor, and he is just the dickens. He seems to be chewing, peeing, barking, and of course, wreaking general havoc just about everywhere he goes. These types of behaviors are what make puppies oh-such-a-joy to own, but they are a one of many responsibilities that you accept to take on as a puppy owner.
How do you deal with your tiny force to be reckoned with – by training him, of course! Luckily, you don’t have to do this on your own. You and Thor can enlist the help of a trainer to make the training process easier. If this idea doesn’t strike you as appealing, it might be a good idea to get a training DVD seminar instead. Tackling puppy training on your own, especially if you are first time puppy owner – but even if you’re a pro – is not recommended.
So what are the advantages of hiring a trainer over going by a book or DVD? Well, the single greatest advantage that a trainer will give you is adaptability. He or she will be able to adapt their training to your little Thor. Just like people, dogs are individuals with different personalities, strengths, and weaknesses when it comes to learning. A good trainer will be able to pick up on these and use them to your advantage during training, making the whole process a lot smoother for all parties involved.
Though this advantage may seem to outweigh any disadvantage working with a trainer may carry, this is not the case. Trainers can be pricy, and sometimes have their own way of doing things that may not mesh with how you want to bring Thor up. In addition, working with both a trainer and an owner may be confusing or stressful for your four-legged friend.
Also, there are good and bad dog trainers, as is the case in any profession – research will be your best friend in the process of finding the right trainer for you and Thor. Look for trainers with recommendations or high ratings, don’t just take the first one that comes along.
The greatest advantage to the do it yourself approach, a.k.a. the DIY, with the help of a training DVD is the flexibility that your training schedule can have. If you’re a busy person, scheduling something like a doctor’s appointment is difficult, nonetheless something more trivial like puppy training lessons. If you are working with your pup yourself, then training sessions can happen on your schedule when you have time. In addition, if your little Thor takes a little longer to learn a certain command or trick, you won’t end up paying more money for more lessons. A DVD is a one-time purchase, meaning it costs the same whether your Thor takes a few weeks or a few months to complete his training.
Unfortunately, in the case of DVD training, you lose the personalized, one-on-one attention that a trainer would give your furry little friend. In addition, if the training method endorsed by the DVD doesn’t fit with Thor’s learning style, then you’ve wasted your time and money.
When choosing the method of training that you will employ for your mighty little Thor, think over what is most important – timing or personalized attention. Paying for puppy lessons you constantly have to miss or reschedule won’t do you or Thor any good – no matter how much special attention he would receive there. Similarly, if you are a first time puppy owner with no clue at all how to train a puppy, doing so on your own time may sound appealing, but the odds that you will succeed without help are fairly slim. To ensure that Thor will receive the best training to turn him into the best pup he can be, you will need to be ready to put time and genuine effort into the process, from choosing your method to teaching him his last trick.