Puppy Training Classes at DoGone Fun

Puppies don’t come with instruction manuals, which can make it difficult to handle them at times. That’s why obedience training is so important. Puppy training classes provide them with a chance to learn commands and appropriate behavior. At DoGone Fun, we offer Puppy Preschool classes that cover a number of issues that many owners deal with when it comes to puppies.

Puppy Preschool Basics

These puppy training classes are held for seven weeks and include behaviors that puppies need to learn in order to pass the American Kennel Club’s S.T.A.R. program. Our dog trainers have the experience and skills needed to provide high quality training with a focus on positive methods. These methods help you build a stronger bond with your puppy while also boosting confidence. Keep in mind that living in the Chicago area means that your puppy will have to learn to adapt to city living, such as constant noise and crowds. Our puppy training classes also cover socialization, which is a crucial part of helping puppies get used to being in the city. These classes will cover the following issues.


House/Crate Training

One of the most difficult yet essential parts of training puppies is teaching them to be house trained or crate trained. This helps them learn where they should go when they need to eliminate, so that owners don’t have to clean up messes inside the house over and over. Whether you plan to use a crate or not, your puppy will need to learn to eliminate in an appropriate area. This type of training can take awhile for puppies to learn, although there are ways to make it easier. Our DoGone Fun puppy training classes include house or crate training guidance to help you teach your puppy where she needs to go.


How to Stop Your Puppy’s Biting

Puppies use their mouths to explore items around them and learn more about them, much like babies do. They might also bite while playing. Although this is normal for young pups, it’s a behavior that should be stopped before they get older. In fact, teaching puppies to stop biting and mouthing people is one of the most important things for them to learn. Our Puppy Preschool provides you with the training needed to put a stop to your puppy’s biting, so you can enjoy playtime without getting hurt. Having puppies learn to stop biting when they’re young also helps them learn that it is not alright for them to put their teeth on people.


How to Teach Your Puppy to Focus and Calm Down

Training can be tough for puppies when they’re excited and easily distracted, especially when they’re in a room full of other puppies. However, it’s important to teach them to calm down and focus in order for training to be successful. Otherwise, they’ll have a hard time focusing on what they are supposed to be doing and following commands. Our puppy training classes will help you learn how to teach your puppy to settle down and stay focused. This helps make training easier for both you and your puppy, since she’ll be learning to remain calm even in settings that offer a lot of distractions.


How to Stop Puppy from Jumping on People

Some puppies get easily excited and show that by jumping on people. Others jump on people in order to get attention. While this might seem like a minor nuisance when your puppy is small, it can lead to bigger trouble when she’s fully grown, especially if she’s a larger breed. If your puppy has developed a bad habit of jumping on people, our puppy training classes can help you put a stop to this. You’ll learn how to successfully get your puppy to greet people calmly instead of getting excited and jumping on them.


How to Walk on a Leash

Taking puppies for walks gives them a chance to do their business while also getting some exercise and fresh air. One of the challenges of taking puppies for walks is that they might not know how to behave when they are on a leash. Some puppies love to pull ahead of their owners, while others make sudden lunges toward squirrels or other things that catch their attention. Your puppy should learn to walk on a leash calmly while staying by your side instead of trying to pull ahead. At DoGone Fun, our Puppy Preschool program includes training in teaching puppies to walk on a leash. This training helps keep your puppy safe and makes walks more pleasant.


How to Build Confidence Around City Noises

The city streets in Chicago are filled with noises from people, vehicles, construction equipment and other things. This can make puppies nervous when going for walks or being out in public at any time. When you live in Chicago, it’s essential to work on making your puppy feel more confident about being outside surrounded by noise. During our Puppy Preschool program, your puppy will learn to get used to city noises so that she can go for walks or be out in public without feeling anxious or nervous.


How to Play Well with Other Puppies

Being able to get along with other puppies is an important part of training for your dog. Puppies need to learn how to behave when they interact with other pups. This makes it safer for them to be around other dogs as they get older and go out in public more often. It also means that you can take your puppy to local dog parks or to puppy daycare without having to worry about behavioral problems. Our puppy training classes help your pet adapt to being around other puppies and learn how to play with them without harming them or starting any trouble.


Sit, Down and More

Learning basic commands, such as “sit” and “down,” is an essential part of obedience training. Puppy training classes cover these commands before moving onto more advanced ones. Learning to follow commands helps keep your puppy safe, especially when you are out in public and around other people and pets. These commands are also useful when you have company over at your home. During our Puppy Preschool program at DoGone Fun, you and your puppy will work on learning to follow these basic commands. Keep in mind that these commands might seem simple, but it could take your puppy multiple tries before she learns to do what you expect.


Preparing for Puppy Training Classes

Your puppy will be trained using certain techniques and methods that our professional dog trainers have found effective. To prevent your puppy from becoming confused, hold off on attempting to teach your dog to sit or follow other basic commands before you start attending class. The commands and gestures you end up using for certain commands might be different from what our trainers use, which can make it harder for your puppy to understand what to do. Keep in mind that puppies do not attend the first class in our Puppy Preschool. This class is used to go over training basics and provide owners with other important information, which will help you learn more about what to expect during these classes.


Tips for Puppy Training Classes

While there are many different training methods and techniques used for puppy training classes, they all have certain factors in common. These tips can help you make the most of your puppy’s classes:

  • Never punish your pup. You might get frustrated if your puppy doesn’t seem to be learning how to follow a command or if your puppy does something she shouldn’t. If this happens, it’s important to stay calm and avoid shouting at your puppy or punishing her. This creates a negative association with training that can make your puppy more reluctant to learn. Focusing on positive reinforcement is the most effective way to train your puppy.
  • Be patient with your pup. In addition to focusing on positive associations instead of negative ones, it’s also important to remain patient with your puppy. If your puppy doesn’t seem to be learning commands as quickly as you hoped, keep in mind that dogs learn at different rates. Some dogs figure out what to do faster than others. Keep going over commands with your puppy during class as instructed and when you’re at home, and she’ll learn what to do.
  • Do training at home. Puppy training classes are an excellent way to have your pup learn commands, but this isn’t just limited to class time. You should be working on training your puppy outside of class too, which will help your puppy learn commands faster. When you only work on these commands during class, your puppy is more likely to forget what she’s supposed to do.

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After Puppy Training Classes

After your puppy has completed our Puppy Preschool program at DoGone Fun, it’s important that you continue using the commands and techniques you have learned on a regular basis. This helps your puppy remember what to do when you give these commands. Make sure that you are consistent in the command you use, so that your puppy will not end up becoming confused about what to do. Keep in mind that once your puppy has mastered learning basic commands, she will be ready to move on to more complex ones. Even when she learns more advanced commands, it’s still crucial to use the more basic ones as well so she won’t forget how to obey them. With time and patience, your puppy will learn how to follow commands and exhibit proper behavior at all times.