i have a 5 and a half month old german shepherd. ive trained him to do the basics like;sit,stay(only for a little bit),lie down,shake,hi five, and up. now im not sure, should i still get him professionally trained or is that good enough? and if yes then what kind of training?
To me, taking my dogs to training isn't just about the end behaviors my dog will learn (sit? down? whatever?) It's a combination of 'you don't know what you don't know' for both dog/handler PLUS the experience of socialization and learning for BOTH of you.
The fact is, classes allow me to KNOW my dogs get along with big dogs and small dogs. KNOW my dogs get along with puppies. Know I can take them anywhere and they will be calm and happy. Know that they will listen and stay with me no matter the situation.
If my dog's leash suddenly gets loose, my dog isn't disappearing over the horizon with me in pursuit. She'll just be right there for me to pick the leash up.
I don't have to worry if I am having relatives visit with their dogs, I know my dog will be ok.
I don't worry about getting a new puppy, I know my current dogs will be ok.
I can take my dogs to hotels, motels, my family reunions and not worry about my dogs having anything but a good time.
And DOG CLASSES are all the start on the path to getting a dog that can be truly a part of my life. Oh, and they can 'sit' 'down' 'whatever' too! :wild: