We all think we have the smartest most well trained dogs on the planet—well most of us anyway. Some smart people realize that their dogs can often be a jerk. Or clueless, over eager or even overly aggressive. We think that if we’re just patient enough or nice enough our dog will get a clue and learn to be well behaved. But like kids need to learn certain things at home and school—so do dogs. And the earlier the better.
I see a lot of dogs pass through the studio and the dog daycare and boarding facility where I’m located. There are many times I see out of control dogs dragging their owners in the door. Usually these are the very people who think their dogs are the best. But a little training can go a long way to making your dog not only better behaved—but helping you interact with your pup better as well.
There are many types of dog classes. I usually recommend having your dog trained by a certified dog trainer—one with enough experience and a good track record. All Breed Rescue has a staff of great trainers and offers some wonderful classes. Canine Coach has a large facility in the north part of the city with amazing trainers as well. Janice Mann of Canine Contentment offers great classes as well as dog massage. Chris Vogt offers great training right at BamPaws Stay & Play.
If you’re leaning towards training your dog as a therapy or service dog Kathlyn Ross is one of the best in the business. And this is just the tip of the ice berg in Colorado Springs. There are many great dog trainers and coaches—just make sure you get a good certified trainer. It may cost a little more but it will be well worth it in the long run.