Some people can take their dogs into an obedience training class and come out of it 8 weeks later with a pooch that is mild mannered and completely trustworthy to be on their best behavior at all times inside the home — yet once they’re outdoors or in public places around other people and animals, chaos breaks loose. Fido will sit, stay, come when called and walk on a loose leash inside the home or training yard, but outside of these places, they seem to have forgotten everything they learned. The problem in a situation such as this is that while your dog may have been obedience trained to follow commands, they were not properly socialized to the many varied scenarios you may run into outdoors, such as greeting other people or animals, or they just aren’t accustomed to sights and sounds that are not found on a typical day in or around the home.
Socialization is a key factor in obedience training, but some classes may tend to barely touch upon it, especially in a private, in-home class. If you want a mild mannered dog who listens and behaves in all situations, be sure to train them in multiple locations. If your training classes only take place in one spot, be sure to practice outside of it as well: at home, on walks, at a park, a local dog beach, or for a big challenge to test your dog, one of our many bustling dog-friendly Los Angeles shopping areas, such as The Grove, or somewhere in Downtown. You want your dog to experience everything in life so that they will not become afraid of it, and by training everywhere you go, they’ll know that training cues are mandatory to follow at all times, not just in class or at home.
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