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Is Dog Obedience School for You?


Are you thinking about dog obedience school? Do you know what to expect out of it? Do you know what it costs or where to find a good school?

If not, let me help take out some of the mystery of finding one to make sure you and your dog get the best experience you can.

If you have searched the web in this topic, you probably found some sites that are basically search engines within search engines, no real information about dog obedience schools. Or you might have found some obedience schools that were on the other side of the country. Needless to say, neither one was of much use.

Chances are you have a dog obedience school of some sort in your town, unless you've got a population of less than 20,000. In that event, you might need to opt for dog training videos or books, and I will go over some good resources for that later.

The first thing I want you to do is look for someone with proven experience. You can start in the yellow pages and look under "Dog Training" as opposed to "dog obedience school."

Ask a LOT of questions. These people are going to be molding the mind of your impressionable pup and you want to know that it's a good fit.

Ask things like:

What will the dog be taught? What is the success rate? What happens if you're not satisfied Will you be taught how to continue with your dogs new training? What are their methods of correction when the dog disobeys? Visit the facility too. Check it out. Meet the trainers and see how they act with people and dogs.

Ask if you can watch a training session or a video of a session so you get an idea of what your dog will be subjected to.

Don't make a final decision on a dog obedience school until your dog has met the trainers. Dogs are extremely good judges of character.

For the most part, someone in this line of work is going to be a good person and a dog lover. Some, however, will be doing it just to get a paycheck and may not have your pal's best interest in mind.

If your dog doesn't like them... take another route.

You might want to consider the local 4-H club. 4-H is where I learned how to train my own dog as a child. It isn't a dog obedience school in the traditional sense. It teaches kids how to train their dogs, or a friend's dog. It's a youth education program and it provides many facets of education, one of which is often dog training.

Read more about dog training videos, if you would like an alternative to dog obedience school.

About the Author...

Tina Spriggs is an expert dog lover whose lifelong interest in canines provides the motivation for her site.

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For Pets' Sake Humane Society to collect pennies for pets - The Journal
For Pets' Sake Humane Society to collect pennies for pets  The Journal

Pets welcome: New pet boarding business opens doors in Fergus Falls - Fergus Falls Daily Journal
Pets welcome: New pet boarding business opens doors in Fergus Falls  Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Pets of the week - Chicago Tribune
Pets of the week  Chicago Tribune

LACASA Receives Grant To Support Pets Of Abuse Victims - WHMI
LACASA Receives Grant To Support Pets Of Abuse Victims  WHMI

Keeping Your Pets Safe During a Heat Wave - PRNewswire
Keeping Your Pets Safe During a Heat Wave  PRNewswire

Idaho Humane Society getting 'alarming number' of calls for pets locked in hot cars - Idaho News
Idaho Humane Society getting 'alarming number' of calls for pets locked in hot cars  Idaho News

Billings nonprofit works to keep homeless pets cool in scorching temperatures - KTVQ Billings News
Billings nonprofit works to keep homeless pets cool in scorching temperatures  KTVQ Billings News

Contrary to rumor, people aren't returning their 'pandemic pets.' There are other problems, though. • Long Beach Post News - Long Beach Post
Contrary to rumor, people aren't returning their 'pandemic pets.' There are other problems, though. • Long Beach Post News  Long Beach Post

Pet Advice: Managing cognitive decline in aging pets - KSNT News
Pet Advice: Managing cognitive decline in aging pets  KSNT News

Warmer weather means extra precautions for pets - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Warmer weather means extra precautions for pets  The San Diego Union-Tribune

Pets of the Week: 6-15-21 – WBKB 11 - WBKB-TV
Pets of the Week: 6-15-21 – WBKB 11  WBKB-TV

Americans Are Spending More Than Ever on Pets, Sending the Entire Industry to New Highs - PRNewswire
Americans Are Spending More Than Ever on Pets, Sending the Entire Industry to New Highs  PRNewswire

Protecting Your Pets During A Heat Wave - ksltv.com
Protecting Your Pets During A Heat Wave  ksltv.com

Player Pets: Bill Guerin, Ogie & Amigo - BlueJackets.com
Player Pets: Bill Guerin, Ogie & Amigo  BlueJackets.com

Adoptable Pets of the Week for June 15 - Greenfield Daily Reporter
Adoptable Pets of the Week for June 15  Greenfield Daily Reporter

Local Pet Care Company Expands to Fun Apparel and Tasty Treats for Pets - Alexandria Living Magazine
Local Pet Care Company Expands to Fun Apparel and Tasty Treats for Pets  Alexandria Living Magazine

Number of pets surrendered increase post COVID-19 pandemic - Alamogordo Daily News
Number of pets surrendered increase post COVID-19 pandemic  Alamogordo Daily News

Worldwide Pet Milk Industry to 2027 - Opportunity Analysis - GlobeNewswire
Worldwide Pet Milk Industry to 2027 - Opportunity Analysis  GlobeNewswire

4 Essential Hurricane Safety Tips For Pet Owners - POPSUGAR
4 Essential Hurricane Safety Tips For Pet Owners  POPSUGAR

Is COVID-19 more common in pets than we previously thought? - Medical News Today
Is COVID-19 more common in pets than we previously thought?  Medical News Today

‘Tails and Tales’ to bring pets to the Johnson City Public Library - WJHL-TV News Channel 11
‘Tails and Tales’ to bring pets to the Johnson City Public Library  WJHL-TV News Channel 11

Family safely escapes house fire in Green Bay, two pets are still missing - WeAreGreenBay.com
Family safely escapes house fire in Green Bay, two pets are still missing  WeAreGreenBay.com

Owner Of Long Island Puppy Store Accused Of Selling Sick Pets - CBS New York
Owner Of Long Island Puppy Store Accused Of Selling Sick Pets  CBS New York

Seattle veterinary team helps more than 1,000 homeless pets; now it’s caring for their owners too - The Seattle Times
Seattle veterinary team helps more than 1,000 homeless pets; now it’s caring for their owners too  The Seattle Times

Keeping pets safe during summer heat - ConchoValleyHomepage.com
Keeping pets safe during summer heat  ConchoValleyHomepage.com

From Tamagotchi to ‘Nintendogs’: Why People Love Digital Pets - WIRED
From Tamagotchi to ‘Nintendogs’: Why People Love Digital Pets  WIRED

3 tips to help keep your pets safe, cool this summer - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
3 tips to help keep your pets safe, cool this summer  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

USPS asks Hawaii dog owners to restrain their pets - KHON2
USPS asks Hawaii dog owners to restrain their pets  KHON2

Keeping pets safe during the summer heat - KAKE
Keeping pets safe during the summer heat  KAKE

Neighbor To Know: Mans Efforts Feed Fairfield Areas Hungry Pets - Fairfield, CT Patch
Neighbor To Know: Mans Efforts Feed Fairfield Areas Hungry Pets  Fairfield, CT Patch

MOCO Adoptable Pets: Rocky, Mama, Chico, Indy and Richard - Patch.com
MOCO Adoptable Pets: Rocky, Mama, Chico, Indy and Richard  Patch.com

Woodstock fire injures four people, kills six pets - Hartford Courant
Woodstock fire injures four people, kills six pets  Hartford Courant

Barkhaus Expands Outdoor Play Area for Pets - Alexandria Living Magazine
Barkhaus Expands Outdoor Play Area for Pets  Alexandria Living Magazine

Pet of the Week - Hot weather safety for pets on Live in the D - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Pet of the Week - Hot weather safety for pets on Live in the D  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Pets for adoption | | tucson.com - Arizona Daily Star
Pets for adoption | | tucson.com  Arizona Daily Star

Pandemic pets: An increase in fostering is keeping more Baton Rouge pets alive - [225] - 225 Baton Rouge
Pandemic pets: An increase in fostering is keeping more Baton Rouge pets alive - [225]  225 Baton Rouge

Pets In Need In Southern Maryland Dog of the Week: Zuma - The Southern Maryland Chronicle
Pets In Need In Southern Maryland Dog of the Week: Zuma  The Southern Maryland Chronicle

Austin Pets Alive! Will Reduce Adoption Fees For 1 Week - Patch.com
Austin Pets Alive! Will Reduce Adoption Fees For 1 Week  Patch.com

As temperatures reach triple digits, remember not to leave children or pets in vehicles - abc7amarillo.com
As temperatures reach triple digits, remember not to leave children or pets in vehicles  abc7amarillo.com

Pet Owners Say Taking Care of Their Furry Friend Encourages Taking Better Care of Themselves - Good News Network
Pet Owners Say Taking Care of Their Furry Friend Encourages Taking Better Care of Themselves  Good News Network

2 Injured, 3 Pets Killed In Puyallup House Fire: Roads Reopened - Patch.com
2 Injured, 3 Pets Killed In Puyallup House Fire: Roads Reopened  Patch.com

Veterinary clinic for homeless people’s pets coming to New York - NEWS10 ABC
Veterinary clinic for homeless people’s pets coming to New York  NEWS10 ABC

My Heart Is Melting After Looking At These 24 Celebrities And Their Pets - BuzzFeed
My Heart Is Melting After Looking At These 24 Celebrities And Their Pets  BuzzFeed

CAPA Pet of the Week: Bear - Lompoc Record
CAPA Pet of the Week: Bear  Lompoc Record

NOW: Wisconsin Humane Society shares hot weather safety tips for your pets this summer - WDJT
NOW: Wisconsin Humane Society shares hot weather safety tips for your pets this summer  WDJT

UX Design for Pets? This company is creating minimally-designed functional gear for your furry friends - Yanko Design
UX Design for Pets? This company is creating minimally-designed functional gear for your furry friends  Yanko Design

Temps expected to hit 114 degrees during extreme heat wave; pets need extra care - St George News
Temps expected to hit 114 degrees during extreme heat wave; pets need extra care  St George News

PHOTOS: Barrow County Animal Control Adoptable Pets of the Week — June 14 - Gwinnettdailypost.com
PHOTOS: Barrow County Animal Control Adoptable Pets of the Week — June 14  Gwinnettdailypost.com

Northport Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Tweety & Sylvester - Patch.com
Northport Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Tweety & Sylvester  Patch.com

A Bangor cemetery will now let people be buried with their pets - Bangor Daily News
A Bangor cemetery will now let people be buried with their pets  Bangor Daily News

4 Tips to Help Your Pet Adapt to Return to Work - Ohionewstime.com
4 Tips to Help Your Pet Adapt to Return to Work  Ohionewstime.com

Animal Allies summer camps educate kids about humane pet care - Duluth News Tribune
Animal Allies summer camps educate kids about humane pet care  Duluth News Tribune

Tips to save your pets as temperatures rise into triple digits - KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com
Tips to save your pets as temperatures rise into triple digits  KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com

‘A death sentence’: Animal charity says small pets abandoned at Northeast Ohio park - fox8.com
‘A death sentence’: Animal charity says small pets abandoned at Northeast Ohio park  fox8.com

Salma Hayek's Pet Rescue Owl Once Coughed Up a Hairball on Harry Styles' Head: 'He Didn't Scream' - PEOPLE
Salma Hayek's Pet Rescue Owl Once Coughed Up a Hairball on Harry Styles' Head: 'He Didn't Scream'  PEOPLE

Officials remind locals of new pet ordinance and urge pet safety - News3LV
Officials remind locals of new pet ordinance and urge pet safety  News3LV

Killeen Animal Services partners with Petco Love, BOBS to celebrate pet foster volunteers - KCENTV.com
Killeen Animal Services partners with Petco Love, BOBS to celebrate pet foster volunteers  KCENTV.com

Second Chance Pets: Penny - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Penny  KOIN.com

Harris County Pets waiving adoption fees for packed shelter - KPRC Click2Houston
Harris County Pets waiving adoption fees for packed shelter  KPRC Click2Houston

Dad's Best Friend: Tailored Pet® Honors Dog Dads this "Pawther's Day" - PRNewswire
Dad's Best Friend: Tailored Pet® Honors Dog Dads this "Pawther's Day"  PRNewswire

Submit your photos for Pets & Their People - Atlanta Intown
Submit your photos for Pets & Their People  Atlanta Intown

Why some urge adopters to give older pets a second chance at life - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Why some urge adopters to give older pets a second chance at life  Atlanta Journal Constitution

Pet of the Week: Manilla - Newnan Times-Herald
Pet of the Week: Manilla  Newnan Times-Herald

Home Sellers Are Putting Pets in Listing Photos, and the Internet Can’t Resist (Buyers May Be Another Story) - Money
Home Sellers Are Putting Pets in Listing Photos, and the Internet Can’t Resist (Buyers May Be Another Story)  Money

PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — June 14 - Gwinnettdailypost.com
PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — June 14  Gwinnettdailypost.com

Pet of the Week: Bella | Gordon Life | northwestgeorgianews.com - Calhoun Times
Pet of the Week: Bella | Gordon Life | northwestgeorgianews.com  Calhoun Times

Pet of the Week: Mushu - KEZI TV
Pet of the Week: Mushu  KEZI TV

PHOTOS: The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash Using Standby Only for Several Days Now at Universal Studios Hollywood - wdwnt.com
PHOTOS: The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash Using Standby Only for Several Days Now at Universal Studios Hollywood  wdwnt.com

Pet Talk Tuesday – Pet disease and prevention - WKBW-TV
Pet Talk Tuesday – Pet disease and prevention  WKBW-TV

Town Of Smithtown: Smithtown Pet Of The Week | Smithtown, NY Patch - Patch.com
Town Of Smithtown: Smithtown Pet Of The Week | Smithtown, NY Patch  Patch.com

Pets killed in fire in Wyoming County - WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Pets killed in fire in Wyoming County  WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Cicada Invasion Photos From Readers: Cute Kids, Pets Meet Bugs - Patch.com
Cicada Invasion Photos From Readers: Cute Kids, Pets Meet Bugs  Patch.com

Father of Boy Killed in Dog Attack Says Pet Tore the Clothes off Son's Body - Newsweek
Father of Boy Killed in Dog Attack Says Pet Tore the Clothes off Son's Body  Newsweek

Having a ruff day? FM area bars, restaurants open patios to pets for a pawsome experience - INFORUM
Having a ruff day? FM area bars, restaurants open patios to pets for a pawsome experience  INFORUM

Vets Go Upscale to Care for Pets (and Their Owners) - The New York Times
Vets Go Upscale to Care for Pets (and Their Owners)  The New York Times

These top pet-friendly hotels welcome furry guests with gusto - CNN
These top pet-friendly hotels welcome furry guests with gusto  CNN

S. Korea tightens regulations on pet-related businesses - The Korea Herald
S. Korea tightens regulations on pet-related businesses  The Korea Herald

Update on Maui Pet Adoption Story that Helped Earn $50K for Maui Humane Society | Maui Now - Maui Now
Update on Maui Pet Adoption Story that Helped Earn $50K for Maui Humane Society | Maui Now  Maui Now

Lefort Furniture to host a pet adoption event on June 19 - Lafourche Gazette
Lefort Furniture to host a pet adoption event on June 19  Lafourche Gazette

Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Parker - Patch.com
Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Parker  Patch.com

Animal Cruelty: What you can do to help save a pet’s life - KLAS - 8 News Now
Animal Cruelty: What you can do to help save a pet’s life  KLAS - 8 News Now

Lucy | Pet of the Week - morethanthecurve.com
Lucy | Pet of the Week  morethanthecurve.com

Furry good news: More pets can now fly in cabin on overseas PCS flights - Military Times
Furry good news: More pets can now fly in cabin on overseas PCS flights  Military Times

Reeba And Nyra: Montcos Most Adoptable Pets Of The Week - Patch.com
Reeba And Nyra: Montcos Most Adoptable Pets Of The Week  Patch.com

Heirloom Pet Products adds on-the-go stress relief for small dogs - Pet Food Processing
Heirloom Pet Products adds on-the-go stress relief for small dogs  Pet Food Processing

Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary event shows children how to be responsible pet owners - KFVS
Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary event shows children how to be responsible pet owners  KFVS

Coyotes spread in Florida and 'they're going to eat just about anything' - WPLG Local 10 - WPLG Local 10
Coyotes spread in Florida and 'they're going to eat just about anything' - WPLG Local 10  WPLG Local 10

Pet of the Week: 6/15/21 - WANE
Pet of the Week: 6/15/21  WANE

Pet of the Week | Quad City Animal Welfare Center - WHBF - OurQuadCities.com
Pet of the Week | Quad City Animal Welfare Center  WHBF - OurQuadCities.com

Pet ownership surged during COVID-19. Veterinarians are exhausted. - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pet ownership surged during COVID-19. Veterinarians are exhausted.  The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pet Rescue Group Advertises 'Pre-Owned Senior Dogs' In Hilarious Post - HuffPost
Pet Rescue Group Advertises 'Pre-Owned Senior Dogs' In Hilarious Post  HuffPost

Pet care before, during, and after earthquakes - Los Angeles Times
Pet care before, during, and after earthquakes  Los Angeles Times

Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Honeybell, Lucy & Leta - 9 & 10 News - 9&10 News
Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Honeybell, Lucy & Leta - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

PET scan depicting neurological fallout of COVID-19 wins image of the year - Health Imaging
PET scan depicting neurological fallout of COVID-19 wins image of the year  Health Imaging

Did you know you can shop for Shelter Pets on Amazon? - Dog of the Day
Did you know you can shop for Shelter Pets on Amazon?  Dog of the Day

Pet food recall due to potential salmonella contamination - Fox Business
Pet food recall due to potential salmonella contamination  Fox Business

Austin Pets Alive! cautions pet owners following elevated temps - FOX 7 Austin
Austin Pets Alive! cautions pet owners following elevated temps  FOX 7 Austin

PetSmart Launches New Brand Platform Celebrating The Pet Lover In Us All - PRNewswire
PetSmart Launches New Brand Platform Celebrating The Pet Lover In Us All  PRNewswire

Video platforms normalize exotic pets - Science Daily
Video platforms normalize exotic pets  Science Daily

18 Most Popular Movies About Pets - Newsweek
18 Most Popular Movies About Pets  Newsweek

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