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Dog Training 101: Is Obedience School Worth It?

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Your pooch is cute as a button, but he's tearing apart your house. You can't leave anything lying on the floor for fear he'll chew it to pieces, and your brand new carpet will need replacing because Rover can't figure out that his potty is outdoors.

Obedience training might be your only option, but is it worth the cost? You'll have to invest both time and money for this type of dog training to succeed, so don't jump in without carefully considering your options.

Making the commitment

Like school for your kids, obedience training does not just constitute an hour or so of your time every week. Your trainer -- if you've chosen a reputable professional -- will assign homework every class, and you won't make any progress unless you practice what you've learned.

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Before you sign up for obedience school, consider your current schedule. Will family obligations, work and other commitments leave time for you and your pooch to go over what you learned in class? If not, you might be better off seeking other options.

Of course, you can practice what you've learned in obedience training at any time. If you can carve out 20 minutes before work or 15 minutes before you go to bed, that will be sufficient. You'll also need to attend every class, so make sure other obligations won't get in the way, or you will surely miss valuable steps in the dog training process.

Coughing up the cash

Obedience school is not cheap, which means you'll have to write a check before your trainer starts to fix your puppy issues. Some classes cost as little as 0 to 0 for six weeks, while others might cost as much as ,000. The price of obedience school will depend on how often you meet, the reputation of the trainer, your geographical location and a host of other factors. In this tough economy, many families are loathe to part with hard-earned cash.

Before you decide to go this route, call around and price several obedience schools. Ask for literature so you can compare the different trainers and make an educated decision. You don't want to go with an unknown trainer with an iffy reputation, but don't empty your bank account, either.

Evaluating the alternatives

Obedience school is not the only dog training option. Many dog owners opt for do-it-yourself alternatives to save money, and many succeed beyond their wildest dreams. There are tons of books, videos, Web sites and other media available, so never think you're alone.

You also have to remember that obedience classes are generally limited to one family member with each dog. This often leads to an uncomfortable hierarchy where the pooch will listen to one master but none of the others. DIY solutions mean every family member gets to take part.

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Before you decide whether obedience training is right for your dog, attend a class or two. Many trainers allow auditing for free or a nominal fee, which will give you an opportunity to evaluate and decide if it will work for your family. If the trainer isn't willing to let you sit in on a class, you should probably wonder why he doesn't want people watching.






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