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How to Create Training Classes for Dogs

Jul 15, 2022

If you are thinking about starting a training class for dogs or how to become a dog trainer, it is essential to do your research first. There are many different methods, so you need to find the one that meets your needs best. With this in mind, let’s create a training class that anyone will be interested in signing up for. 

 

Define Your Training Goals 

When creating any training course, one of the first steps is to define your training goals.

If you are a novice in this area, you may want to start with an introductory training course. This will help you develop a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding in one place. For instance, introductory dog training courses are designed to teach a dog the seven essential life skills (i.e. Sit, Down, Stay, Come, No, Heel, and Off.). You can later move to advanced training skills if demand for your services increases. 

 

Create an Outline of the Training: Defining Short and Long Term Objectives 

As with any dog training course created, you need to define the long and short-term objectives of the course. Because dog owners need to know what they can expect, you can address this information using a timeline. For instance, you may want the dogs you teach to learn all seven basic cues within 10 to 15-minute training sessions. Or, if you want your training to be comprehensive (i.e., well-trained dog,) you may need to design a 6-week training program. 

 

Select Training Methods

Today, there are many different training methods that you can use to train dogs. Six of the most popular training methods are as follows:

  • Positive Reinforcement (PR) 
  • Scientific Training
  • Clicker Training 
  • Electronic Training
  • Model-Rival or Mirror Training
  • Relationship=Based Training

There are many different training methods available to choose from to help teach your dog new skills. We encourage you to seek out training methods that implement science-based positive reinforcement. 

These tried and true methods not only help you teach your dog new skills but do so in a way where you and your dog will have fun! Positive reinforcement skills also help you and your pup bond.

Using positive reinforcement, we will reward our dogs for correct behaviour to increase the likelihood that this behaviour will continue. 

 

Conclusion

How to create training classes for dogs. The information provided above is intended to assist you with a general understanding and outline how to make your dog training course. This information will help you to define your training goals, establish short-term and long-term objectives, and will assist you in selecting the most effective training methods. 

Additionally, with this information, you can create a dog training class to help you achieve the best results possible. Dog owners will also know exactly what to expect from their training sessions.

Take a look at a great conversation conducted by Jaime Knowles (head trainer at Good Dog Academy) and Megan Loftus (PPDT program graduate at Good Dog Academy). 

You will learn all about how Megan leveraged her certification into a fulfilling career working with dogs!

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