Every dog needs to learn how to live successfully at home and in the community.   Dog training courses are important for raising well-mannered and good-tempered dogs.  It is also a great opportunity to spend quality time with your dog and bond with them. Follow these helpful hints to help you prepare for your dog training course and to make sure you start off on the right “paw”.

Pre-Class Preparation

Check whether the initial class is a humans-only class.  Orientation classes without your dog are common and are a great opportunity to make sure you know what to expect from the dog training course.

It may go without saying, but make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date and your dog is healthy enough to attend the dog training course.  Good dog trainers will require updated vaccination certificates, vet checks or health records before the start of the dog training course.

Bring along any supplies or tools required by the dog trainer which could include treats, a non-retractable leash and a treat bag.

Most of all, bring a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.

Burn Excess Energy

Make sure your dog is getting enough exercise before their dog training course.  Set-up your dog to be successful by walking or running off any excess or nervous energy, or let them romp around for a while, before coming to class.  It will help your dog to concentrate better.

Empty Stomach

Avoid feeding your dog, or at least give them a lighter meal, on the day of the dog training course.  Dogs are generally motivated by food and will be more eager to cooperate if they are bribed with their favourite treat.


Just as humans do not work for free, dogs will not be motivated unless there is reward involved.  Ensure you have highly prized treats for the dog training course.  Don’t bring along dog biscuits or boring dry dog food.  Investigate what makes your dog drool with excitement.  It could be a toy or food treats like chicken, cheese or steak pieces.

Always end the dog training session on a positive note.  To that end, build your dog’s confidence by giving a well-known command and lavish your dog with praise and rewards.  You want your dog to associate dog training courses with positive experiences.

Most importantly, be prepared to learn a lot.   Without doubt, dog training courses involve teaching you how to train your dog.  Remember to enjoy the dog training course too.  It is a great opportunity to spend quality time and bond with your dog.

There are many different reasons why dog training courses might not work for you or your dog. In home dog training and behaviour consults are a great alternative to a class environment. You can find more information about that kind of service here. 

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