Considering Obedience Classes

You may be fully committed to training your Dachshund at home. Good for you. But that doesn't mean you and your friend won't both benefit from a good obedience class. One of the biggest advantages to an obedience class is the socialization. Obedience classes expose your Dachshund to other dogs and humans so that your Dachsie learns more about the world. This is important for molding a stable and mature adult dog.

Socialization is the process of teaching an animal about the social world humans live in: what all kinds of other people and animals are about. This process helps puppies become well-adjusted and confident, less likely to be fearful or aggressive, and able to make smart decisions about which people and animals are friendly and which are threats. Knowledge is power, and that's exactly what socialization delivers to your Dachshund.

Obedience classes also teach your pup that you make the rules and that he must follow your lead no matter where you are. Classes give you some great new tips and tricks that you may not find in training books. Plus, I know how it feels to read something about training that makes perfect sense, only to start training and think, "Now, why isn't this working on my dog?" Professional teachers can address specific problems and see what you may be doing wrong.

Even if you register for nothing more than a puppy kindergarten or puppy socialization class, you'll be glad you did. You and your Dachshund both need training and a structure for your daily sessions.

Puppy kindergarten describes classes for young puppies or dogs that have never had any obedience training. These classes focus on socialization, and you may also learn how to teach your puppy some basic skills. You may even get help with housetraining and other new-puppy problems you may be experiencing.

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