MUSCATINE, Iowa–If you have a new puppy, you can get your bundle of joy started off on the right paw, so to speak, with some basic obedience training. Coordinator of the Canine Activity Center of Muscatine, Debbie Back, offers some advice for how to make training enjoyable and effective for you and your dog.
Back encourages all dog owners to start working on obedience skills with their puppies as soon as they adopt them. These include learning the commands: come, down, leave it, off, sit, stay, and wait. Each of these skills can help you keep your dog safe both at home and when out and about. “Knowing basic commands like “come” can keep your dog from getting into harms way,” Back elaborated. “‘Leave it” can keep your dog from getting into something that may harm them.”
Dogs appreciate routines, so Back recommends you set aside consistent, short periods of time each day (about five to 10 minutes each) to work on obedience skills. To keep these sessions enjoyable for both you and your dog, you should always end them on a positive note.
If you would like help training your dog through obedience classes, Back encourages you to consider enrolling in one offered by the Canine Activity Center of Muscatine. Throughout the year, they offer puppy obedience, beginning obedience, level two obedience, and performance obedience classes. When possible, they also provide more advanced training classes as well as American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Training. Anyone interested in learning more about the classes that the Canine Activity Center offers or enrolling in one can do so by calling the Muscatine Humane Society at 563-263-7358.
This year, you may have made some New Year’s resolutions to help you form good habits for yourself. Make the resolution to help your puppy get into good habits too by teaching them basic obedience skills.