Owning a pet requires a high level of maturity. The reason is that pets are 100% reliant on their owners to see to their needs. You are responsible for making sure that they receive proper nutrition, plenty of exercise and play time, comfortable living arrangements, and plenty of love. A healthy, happy pet is the sign of a good owner. However, it’s not always easy to give your pets everything they need. Long work hours and a family that also needs care can get in the way of your obligations to your pet. Even if you have the time, you might not have the energy at the end of a long day to devote to your pet as you should. And if your pooch happens to have some behavioral problems, it might make matters even worse for both of you. This is especially true for pet owners who haven’t the slightest idea about how to train their dog. If you find yourself in this difficult position but you’re just not ready to give up on your best friend, you might consider an intensive dog-training program. But are they worth it?
There are a couple of things to consider before you enroll your pet in boot camp. First is the cost, because most of these programs last for several weeks and they’ll cost you a bundle. This could be because you’re not only paying for the training regimen, but also room and board for your dog, which is comparable to the cost of a kennel. And the amount of time it takes to train your pooch could depend largely on the issues he’s facing. If, for example, he has an aggressive temperament, you might never train it out of him. The best you can hope for in some cases is to teach him that your commands override his every instinct to attach the little yapper next door. But still, this could take some time, and you’re paying for every minute.
You might also consider whether or not this intensive training is really necessary. You might think you’ve tried everything you can on your own, but have you really exhausted every alternative? For example, you can save a lot of money by taking your dog to weekly group lessons or arranging for private lessons in the home, but you’ll definitely have to devote more time to the process. On the upside, your dog will learn commands from you, making him far more likely to listen when you tell him to sit, stay, and heel. But you’ll get even more from this course of training because you, too, will learn to modify your behavior. Believe it or not, your dog sees you as part of his pack. If you aren’t dominant it means that he is, which is probably why he runs circles around you, eats your socks, and uses the house as a bathroom.
While you can’t really learn to train your dog solely by searching the internet for lessons (an online tutor won’t really work here), you don’t necessarily have to go to the extreme of sending your furry friend to boot camp for bad doggies. If you simply don’t have the time to train your dog, it may be the only option open to you (although why you got a dog in the first place if you don’t have time for one is a mystery worth considering). But it will definitely cost you for the convenience of having someone else do the dirty work, and without getting trained yourself, you might find that your dog returns to dominant status once he’s back home.