And from time to time, you are going to need some help.
Common problems are
- Destructive or noisy behaviour
- Biting and aggression
- Loss of control over the dog
Getting along with other pets is also a common problem and you can find more information on helping your dog to get along with your cat over on The Happy Cat Site
These and many other issues are dealt with on this website, and I’ll put some links to relevant articles at the bottom.
When reading is not enough
But sometimes, reading is not enough. You actually need to talk over your dog problems with another human being. And maybe even get ‘hands-on’ help
There are a number of different ways to get that contact and help. And I’ll give you some links as we go.
Professional trainers and classes
Local dog training classes are usually quite popular. Usually you need to sign up for a series of sessions lasting a few weeks. It is difficult to achieve much in a shorter space of time.
Classes aren’t the be all and end all of dog training, and they aren’t for everyone, or for every dog. A good class and trainer, is worth its weight in gold, a poor one can do a lot of harm.
So one of the things we’ll be looking at on this website, is how to find a good class or trainer.
Some people opt for private one to one lessons with a professional dog trainer and this can work very well.
People often ask me if I will teach them how to train their dog, or if I do telephone consultations. I don’t I’m afraid, but I do run a very helpful support forum
I’ve set up a forum, where you can go to ask questions on any aspect of training or caring for your dog.
It’s called ‘The Labrador Forum’ because I originally started it for Labrador owners like me.
But it has grown into something much more. And is now a forum for dog owners of all shapes and kinds, from all over the world.
If you would like to join, you would be very welcome.
Fun, Friendly, Free
Our forum is somewhat unique in its style and approach. It is quite strictly moderated by a very skilled team of experienced volunteers and you will find the atmosphere refreshingly supportive, friendly and non-judgemental.
So do drop in, say hello, and introduce us to your dog.
I pop in personally almost every day, and often answer members’ questions myself.
Hope to see you there!
Don’t forget you can comment on any of the articles on this site. I can’t promise to answer all the training questions in those comments, but I do try and read them all, and often write articles based on the topics raised here, or in the forum.
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