When you first get a pup, it can feel overwhelming. There are suddenly tons of things that you did not know had to be taught, issues that can arise, and so on. Just like with a newborn child, there are plenty of things that a young dog or puppy needs to learn before it can be considered an adult concerning both age and maturity.
So how can you start to go about training a new puppy or young dog?
There is, of course, the traditional option which is taking your dog to a puppy training course and paying for daily or weekly classes where an instructor trains your dog and about a dozen others. This route works for some people who lead extremely busy lives, but in the grand scheme of things, it is beginning to become outdated.
Online and at-home dog and puppy training is a blossoming industry that allows you, the owner, to be the trainer. This is beneficial to your relationship with your puppy or new dog that would not be there if your new dog was sent to a training school.
If you have recently got a new dog or puppy with the intention of making it your emotional support dog, then I have great news for you! To get an emotional support dog or any type of emotional support animal, there is no additional training as there would have been with service dogs.
Emotional support dogs are just like any other emotional support animal. They are any pets owned by a person who struggles with emotions, anxiety, depression, or feelings of isolation and can create a bond with their owner.
An emotional support dog, or an emotional support animal of a different species, is there to accompany the owner into stressful situations or provide friendship in hard times.
Unlike their service dogs cousins, emotional support animals such as emotional support dogs, do not require any type of specialized training. Usually, service dog training can take weeks or months to finalize in the habits and brain of the dog, and then the trainer can certify that the dog is ready for work.
So you can imagine that a service dog training is very different from an emotional support animal, like an emotional support dog or cat. Emotional support dogs/animals require a psychiatrist certification that the person needs an emotional support animal (since an emotional support animal could be any animal, from peacocks to gorillas to dogs,) and that the emotional support dog or animal legitimately provides the comfort, friendship, and help that the person needs.
In cases like these, it is a normal dog with an intense bond to a human with needs, not a trained working dog who is prepared to medically or mentally assist their human.
So if you are just aiming to train a dog in basic instruction (this could be an emotional support dog who is simply learning tricks or basic etiquette,) and not planning on doing highly strategic service dog training, online dog training could be perfect for you!
Online dog training provides far more opportunities for you and your new dog to bond and create a relationship. Your new dog will also see you as an authority figure because you are the one dictating the rules and training instructions.
You are the person rewarding them for good behavior and disciplining them for poor behavior. This will solidify your authority in your dog's mind which can help you later on when you need to discipline or reward your pup!
Also, because you are acting as the dog trainer instead of an instructor from a training school, you will be able to have a comprehensive understanding of what is going on in the thought processes of your new dog and understand why rewarding certain behaviors can lead to bad behavior later on.
You will also know all the commands and rules for your dog and do not have to guess at each command in hopes that you say the right one.
To continue from that, if you speak more than one language in your house or have family members who only speak one language that is different than the others, you can train your new dog to understand commands in both languages so that your family can be involved in the life of the dog.
With online dog training, you can train your dog on your own time! For so many people, this is the selling point of online training.
Many people do not want to drive around and pick up their dog half-way across the state after a long day at work or on a Saturday morning. With online training, you can start and end a lesson whenever it works for you!
You have the comfort of your own home around you and the ability to build your own schedule! Additionally, there are no additional costs that some training schools might charge you or travel time.
With many online dog training institutions, you can revisit older lessons if your dog is struggling to pick up on a specific command or skill that you are trying to teach them and you can get feedback from real dog instructors on how you and your dog are progressing through the course!
You can't miss any classes because you decide when your classes are. So you can train your dog anywhere and anytime! If you have children, online dog training is a great activity to include them in.
Not only will it make skittish children less afraid of the new family dog, but it will give the children a chance to bond deeply with the dog as well as understand reward and discipline and how to administer them to the new dog.
With online dog training, you have access to certified and reputable trainers who can help assist you with any issues and help you work through any learning curves or learning blocks that you might experience while training your dog.
Trainers can also help give you information on how to go about getting your dog registered as an emotional support dog. As stated earlier, there is no training for an emotional support dog or any type of emotional support animal, but you do need to get it certified before you are legally allowed to call it an emotional support animal.
A trainer might be able to provide a little bit of insight into how this can be done and help with the process on the canine part of the certification.
Most online trainers and online dog training classes use force-free and reward-based instruction tactics, so you know that your animal is being treated properly. In addition to that, if there are ever any training methods or commands that you do not feel are morally correct or good for your emotional support dog or new family dog, you can skip that lesson.
You might be feeling that you and your new dog will be missing out on joining a community of dog owners and dogs, but never fear! Online forums and communities are usually included in your online dog training course.
You can often find FaceBook, Instagram, or Google forums where members of the online dog training course can comment and post information, photos, and videos of their new pups as they learn.
These types of online, interactive forums are great for gathering helpful information on getting your dog certified as an emotional support dog. Or, if you have a rabbit or bird or some other animal that you want to get certified as an emotional support animal, members of the community who have gone through that process might be able to help you.
You can also talk about struggles you are having with either training your new dog or certifying your emotional support dog as an emotional support animal, and get help on these topics by people who had the same bumps in the road while training or certifying that you are experiencing.
Online dog training is perfect for all dogs! There are no age minimums or maximums, so if you enroll in a course that teaches you how to instruct your dog to do a backflip, you really could teach an old dog new tricks.
Besides, the no age limitations highlight, online dog training classes are also suitable for dogs that struggle to get along with other dogs. Whether that be because your dog is aggressive, skittish, anxious, or over-reactive, there are no triggering situations when learning in a home environment.
There are no strange people that your dog does not know, there are no other dogs causing distractions, and no other triggering scenarios that could cause your dog distress or reason to lash out at another dog in training or an instructor.
To reiterate, this is not suitable for service dog training, or emotional support animal (in this case, emotional support dog) certification. Emotional support animals like emotional support dogs, cats, or even ferrets need certification, not specific training. Service dogs need professional training and certification.
To conclude, take a little bit of time to surf the web and find an online dog training class that suits your budget, and teaches the commands that you want to teach your new dog!