Dog School – How Important Is It Really?

"Have you ever wondered what happens in a dog school, or what it even is? Do dogs learn to read and write there?
Today I’ll explain to you exactly what is meant by a dog school and what happens there.
In a dog school, everything revolves around the education of a dog. Here, dogs and also dog owners learn how to interact and communicate with each other. They also learn how to react in the social environment as conflict-free as possible.

Goals And Methods

In dog school, there is the goal that the dog learns various commands and executes them. At the same time, the dog owner learns how to give commands to his dog in an understandable way.
Another goal is to enable a “difficult” dog-owner constellation to continue living together. It is possible through the dog school to educate “difficult” dogs with many tips and tricks that are learned there.
In the dog school, your dog will also come into contact with other dogs. This can have a positive effect on your dog’s social behavior.

Where Does The Training Take Place?

There are many dog schools that train at dog parks. Very often there is also the possibility to train in the open air or in suitable premises.

Puppy School

During the time when your dog is still a puppy, besides the physical change, the characteristic change is going on. So the most important education basics take place in the so-called puppy school. In a puppy class, the dog owner learns a lot about the body language of the dog, the biological learning behavior, and the basic knowledge about dog behavior. So the puppy owner learns both the theory and the practice.
In puppy school, puppies are taught how to get used to other dogs and people and how to behave properly towards them. The puppy is also introduced to various environmental stimuli, such as different types of noise, people of all ages, joggers, bicyclists, water, and various visual stimuli.

At What Point Should I Start Attending Dog School?

It doesn’t matter if you have a puppy or an adult dog. As soon as he arrives at your home, you should start training him. This is very important to guarantee a harmonious life together.
If you already have dog experience, you can teach your four-legged friend the basic commands such as “sit”, “down” or “off!” without outside assistance. For a dog beginner, on the contrary, it can be very helpful to be supported by a professional. This is especially true if the quadruped is very headstrong and stubborn.

Once a dog has become accustomed to a certain behavior, it is very difficult to get rid of it when it gets older.
Likewise, a visit to the dog school may be advisable if your dog does not adhere to the desired behaviors.
If you want to visit the puppy school with your puppy, the age of 12-13 weeks is recommended. However, your puppy should have already received the second compulsory vaccination at this age, so that he cannot catch a serious disease.

How Long Should The Visit To The Dog School Last?

The frequency and duration of the visit to the dog school are very individual and depend on the docility of your dog and the set training goal. If your beloved four-legged friend learns very quickly and you only have the goal to learn some basic commands, 2-3 months are usually enough, in which you visit the dog school with your dog once or twice a week. Courses in which you want to take a dog sport, you usually attend with your dog for a longer period of time. Dog sports are used for exercise and can also help correct misbehavior.

How Do I Recognize A Good Dog School?

The best way to answer this question is to talk to the dog trainer or the operator of the dog school. Here you can first clarify whether you find the dog trainer sympathetic and the chemistry between you is right. In a personal conversation, you can also ask the following important questions. :

  • What is the motivation of the trainer?
  • Are there forms of punishment for disobedience? The dogs should never be trained with throwing chains or anything else.
  • How large are the training groups? A training group should never be larger than 5 to 6 dogs plus the owner, however, in a puppy school the group can be larger as these classes are more about getting to know others.

What Does A Dog School Cost?

It is impossible to say exactly how much a dog school costs. Prices vary between 5 € and 25 €, but in most cases, you should expect at least 20 €. Special courses can be booked additionally and thus also cause additional costs. The price depends first of all on the provider and also on your place of residence. So the prices in a big city are much higher than in a rural area.
Secondly, the prices vary depending on the course taken. A group training is a lot cheaper than a single training. The courses are usually charged by the hour.
In addition, the costs incurred by the dog school depend on the duration in which you want to visit the dog school. Some dog schools also offer sliding scale prices if you want to book several lessons at once. In addition, the materials that you buy for the dog school for training, such as a dragline or a dummy.

Does Every Dog Have To Go To Dog School?

Not every pelt-nose must visit a dog school. However, if you notice that your four-legged friend does not follow your instructions, reacts aggressively, or even does not pay attention to you at all, it is highly advisable to visit a dog school. There, the experts often have many years of experience and can give you valuable tips.

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  5. Ich gehe mit fast allen Punkten konform. Aber bei den Preisen und der Gruppengröße da bin ich nicht Eurer Meinung. Ich bin der Meinung das die Hundebesitzer jetzt nach kleinen Gruppen für 5 € / h suchen werden. Ich wüsste keinen Hundetrainer der Gruppen von 5-6 Hunden für 5€ / h anbietet. Das wären brutto 30 € / h . Das rechnet sich überhaupt nicht. Entweder müssen die Gruppen größer sein ( je nach Trainer sind 8 bis max. 10 Hunde ok) oder aber der Preis muss massiv steigen. Ansonsten wird es sich nicht rechnen.

    Nur mein Gedankengang dazu.

    • Hallo Stephan,
      vielen Dank für Deine Einschätzung! Wir haben den Abschnitt etwas angepasst, damit keine falschen Erwartungen an zu niedrigen Preisen entstehen.

      Liebe Grüße


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