Atten-hut! Cold, Hard Facts about Sending your Pup to Dog Training Camp
"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 enjoyable. 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.