Dog Training Camps: 5 Keys To Choosing The Camp For Your Dog

Dog Training Camp

Is there a canine problem in your household?  Does your pooch get on everyone’s nerves?

No doubt about it, being the owner of a badly behaving dog  can be very stressful. The constant barking and jumping up, perhaps even nipping and other aggressive and disrespectful conduct can put you in the doghouse with your close friends and neighbors.  What’s a canine owner to do?

Well, how about taking up your little darling and dispatching him off to boot camp?  Many owners seek to do just that.  They shell out big bucks in the wish that obedience instruction at a boot camp for canines will provide a solution to their canine behavior difficulties.

Are these dog training camps effective?

The answer is a definite maybe!

As one glove does not fit all, and all  dogs are not created equal, these training courses may show results in only some dogs.  

Here are the basics:

Dog training camps have intense instruction programs generally called ‘doggie boot camps’. These programs are for dogs that are hard to educate, and many also promise to correct behavioral problems. Like any other boot camp, your dog will have to reside at the school for the duration of the course. Nevertheless, should you live close by, you may be permitted to take little Fifi  home for the night. The time frame of the boot camp might be between a week and a month, depending on the system. As you might expect, the fees, content and length will vary significantly from school to school.

Most boot camps for dogs will start with the fundamentals: sit down, stand, stay, walk on a loose leash, and come when called. Their curriculum is likely to consist of teaching of good manners for example not jumping on people, taking food/treats carefully, etc. If your canine needs specific attention, many schools provide the facility of creating a program to fit your dog, at an extra cost, obviously.

Whilst there are lots of (apparently) happy clients of these dog training camps, there are also a large number of dissidents. One mentioned disadvantage of boot camps is that several establishments use punishment-based techniques. When dogs are regarded as valuable members of the family, their masters will not put up with any thing that smacks of canine mistreatment.

However,  by most accounts the popularity of boot camps is on the rise.  This is most likely due to  the time required if masters want to train their personal pets. A boot camp is a timesaver, and therefore offers a quick and simple fix. Of course a large part of  their dog’s bad behavior probably originates from their personal lack of leadership and ineffective communication. While professional obedience training can make a huge difference in your dog’s behavior, keep in mind that the most efficient training still comes from the dog owner.

Here are the basics of dog instruction:


Employ the reward system.

When the dog obeys a command, you are able to encourage him with positive affirmation (good boy), or a treat or playtime with a preferred toy. This type of instruction fortifies the relationship between canine and master. The primary and most essential point your canine needs to understand is that you are the leader of the pack. This comprehension is a must, or all your efforts will be ineffective. This understanding will shape the foundation of all future instruction.

Confirm your position.

One way to do it is to give him an order to eat after putting the food into his bowl. Should you leave food out in his bowl and set it down and disappear, your canine may fail to realize the source of the food. However, should you make him first sit and then place the bowl down, he’llunderstand that you simply control the food. The simple fact is that in dog culture, the pack leader controls the food. It is only with his authorization and consent that the next in the hierarchy eats, and so on down the ranks. As soon as he has to look for your authorization, he will realize that you are the leader. In the same way, one ought to first make him sit before letting him go outside. As soon as you open up the door, have him sit until you issue him an order to go outside.

Always lead when walking your dog.

This will establish you as the pack leader. Make sure that you are the first one out the door and also the first one in. Your canine ought to keep pace beside or behind you whilewalking. Manage your pet’s movement by using a short teather. Use the leash to communicate, guide, and correct your dog.

Concentrate on one order at a time.

Make certain you do this until it’s properly understood, or misunderstandings might set in. Whilst training your dog to obey an order, indicate to him what you expect him to do and constantly repeat the phrase you want him to react to. For example, while training him to sit, gently push down his rear while saying the word ‘sit’, and reward him with a treat when he does conform.


Now that you have read the fundamentals of canine training, do you still wish to send your pet to a boot camp? If so, then at least you ought to do a little history check on the suggested camp. Find out in detail the methods being used by the coaches for behavior changes. In addition, find out if the trainers are certified to carry out the training. Better still, if you have the time, be present to watch the process. For good measure, also request a list of proven veterinarian references. From them you can validate if the methods applied by the school produce results.

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