This article originally appeared in the October/November 2016 issue of Dogster magazine:
You and your dog did puppy kindergarten and then graduated with honors from an obedience class. Now he’s all grown up. He’s housetrained, knows all the basic commands, and is well-behaved at home and in public.
You’re done training him, right?
Doctors, lawyers, and teachers don’t stop learning after they graduate and get their degrees. They take “continuing education” courses throughout their careers to keep their skills sharp and up to date. Training beyond puppyhood is like continuing education for your dog — and it has incredible benefits.
“You’re never done training,” said Penelope Milne, CPDT- KSA, CBCC-KA, owner of DubDubDog Animal Behavior Services in Laguna Beach, California. “But that doesn’t mean you and your dog need to keep attending the same classes and rehearsing the same stuff.”