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Take Your Dog Back to School

Training isn’t just for puppies! While having your puppy professionally trained is important, you can teach your older dog new tricks, too. There are different types of training for dogs of all ages, all of which have different end-goals. Read below to learn about the different types of training schools available to help identify the school best suited to your dog.


If your dog frequently chews your favourite shoes, barks excessively, or doesn’t play nice with people or pets, a behavioural dog trainer can help to break these habits.


Obedience classes teach your dog to obey commands like sit, stay, and coming when they are called. Having an obedient dog makes for a more enjoyable relationship with your pet, as it can alleviate the frustrations associated with disobedience.


Agility training is more advanced, and usually not taught to dogs until they have a good foundation in behavioural and obedience training. Agility teaches dogs to complete obstacle courses and is an excellent form of exercise for high-energy dogs.


Vocational training for dogs teaches them how to do a “job.” Whether learning how to be a service dog, herd sheep, or join the local K9 unit, vocational training can give dogs the additional skills they need to get the job done! Like agility, this type of training is for dogs with good behavioural and obedience skills.

Having your dog trained professionally is best started as soon as possible. Some pet parents prefer to try train their dog without professional help and only hire a professional once they feel defeated. This can make the training process more difficult as it allows your dog to develop bad habits which can be difficult to break. Signing your dog up for training as soon as they are a part of your family, whether they are a puppy or an adult, is the best and easiest way to successfully train your pet.

Get the Right Tools for Back to School! Bark & Fitz has a variety of products to help train your pet. Visit your local store to stock up on all our training essentials.

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