On Missing The Imprint Stage Of Puppyhood

Written by Adam G. Katz


Dear Adam:

[From a previous e-mail which questioned why I recommend that dog owners don't try to train their dogs in a group class setting]

Yes, I understand aboutrepparttar imprint stages [two week stages from birth to 4 months of age in which a small amount of exposure will have a lasting affect onrepparttar 125721 dog's socialization to it's surroundings] but not everybody lives inrepparttar 125722 ideal world of getting their puppy at 6 to 8 weeks of age.

[The imprint stage when dogs learn dominant and subordinate behavior with other dogs. Missing this stage, or having a negative experience during this stage, can cause dog aggression later in life].

What are you then suggesting happens? There are a lot of people out there that don't knowrepparttar 125723 first thing about dog training. So, all of these theories are great but how would that help somebody that comes to you when their dog is a couple of years old and displays canine aggression?

Regards, TB.

Dear TB:

Here'srepparttar 125724 deal: I don't have a lot of time to go into detail as this is a subject that could end up being another book. But to fix this type of thing, you need to:

#1: Establish yourself asrepparttar 125725 pack leader so thatrepparttar 125726 dog respects you and what you say.

How To Choose A Professional Dog Trainer

Written by Adam G. Katz


1.) Versatilityó A good dog trainer will use techniques and training styles which are compatible with your dogís temperament. Every dog is different, and some dogs respond better to certain approaches. What works for a Rottweiler wonít necessarily work for a Poodle.

2.) Experienceó I know people who have been driving an automobile for 30 years and still canít parallel park! And dog training isrepparttar same way! Donít measure a dog trainerís skill by his number of years inrepparttar 125720 profession. Instead, judge a trainer by what he has done inrepparttar 125721 ĎDog World,í rather than how long he has been doing it.

3.) Costó When you pay for training, make sure you are paying for results... not for a specified number of hours or sessions. Good dog trainers know that every dog (and owner) is different. Some need more time to learn than others.

4.) Avoid Group Classesó Iíve never seen a dog that is 100% reliable come out of a group class. When professional dog trainers train their own dogs, they never do it in a group setting. Itís always one-on-one. There are just too many distractions for a new dog in a group class.

5.) How Much Should You Expect To Pay For a Good Dog Training Program: Expect to pay between $400 and $1200. A good dog trainer will sometimes have a waiting list of dog owners who want to work with him. Your goal should be to work withrepparttar 125722 best dog trainer you can find, not to haggle overrepparttar 125723 price. And in virtually all cases that weíve seen,repparttar 125724 dog trainers who are charging bargain basement prices arerepparttar 125725 ones who you probably donít want to be working with inrepparttar 125726 first place. Itís better to spend your money intelligently on a top-notch dog training program inrepparttar 125727 first place, than to waste your money chasing a bargain, and then have to pay more money for a good dog trainer somewhere downrepparttar 125728 line.

6.) Ask for a Free Consultation: You donít need to pay a dog trainer to take a look at your dog. This should be done for free. And besides, you donít want to pay money to meet a dog trainer, and then have to decide whether you want to work with him!

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