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Atten-hut! Cold, Hard Facts about Sending your Pup to Doggie Boot Camp

October 19, 2010

superdog“Drop and give
me twenty, dog!”
is an image that many people conjure up about
the type of training that goes on at doggie boot camps. The rigors
and possible degrading that they think their little puppy would have
to endure keeps many owners far away from otherwise enrolling and
correcting the behavior of their wild and unruly pooch. Training your
new dog can be one of the hardest tasks an owner must face. A dog
training camp
offers one of the most direct solutions
to such a problem. Don’t let the thought of sending a beloved pet off
to a camp and subject entirely to the whim of a strange trainer deter
you. A proper understanding of the benefits of a dog training camp,
and its inner workings, can make the decision and subsequently the
process much easier for both man and pooch.

When deciding whether or not to send
Fido to a dog training camp, there are two major factors to be
considered, your own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of your dog. In the
case of your dog, it is important to understand that sending him/her
to a training camp may not only be for your own convenience, but to
ensure the safety and happiness of your dog as well. An untrained dog
is an unpredictable dog, and without a proper concept of boundaries,
a dog that has not been to training camp can put itself in danger in
many ways, from running away into traffic to biting neighbors and
being subject to legal punishment. Sending your pup to a training
camp allows you to keep him or her under control, and prevent any
rash actions which might inadvertently lead to harm. A camp is also a
protective measure when it comes to the training itself: there are a
plethora of training methods available to dog owners in this day and
age, both in books and on the Internet, and not all are guaranteed to
have a positive effect on your dog. Indeed, some of the more extreme
practices may cause him or her bodily harm. The staff at a dog
training camp, on the other hand, are schooled in the best and safest
methods of training, and are highly unlikely to cause your pooch any
emotional or physical trauma. The difference, as they say, is that
between a professional and an amateur.

While your dog’s safety and
happiness may indeed be your primary concern, the benefits posed to
the owner by a camp-trained pup are considerable as well. Aside from
saving you a tremendous amount of grief and man-hours, dog training
at a school provides you with a calm and professionally conditioned
pup, who is less likely to cause damage to your property or that of
others, or to make you the target of any legal actions. The ability
to communicate on a basic level with your dog, and to give him/her
commands, will also strengthen the bond between you and your dog,
making the relationship between you two more comfortable and

While these may represent some very
compelling arguments in favor of sending pooches to a training camp,
such a decision should certainly not be made lightly. Camp represents
both a time commitment for the dog and a financial commitment by the
owner, and one should be sure that both individuals are mature enough
for the task. If both are ready, however, a trip to a dog training
camp can make life quite a bit easy, for both man and hound.

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