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One important part of caring for a puppy or dog is training. Even just having your pet understand basic commands or training them to know their toilet spot can be extremely helpful. But while it’s beneficial to learn to do this yourself, there may be situations where you can’t devote as much time to teaching your puppy. For cases like these, puppy training specialists can help you out.
When you book a puppy training session on our platform, you get the benefits of puppy training classes in the convenience of your home! No need to board your dog at an expensive facility, or drive to and from classes. Plus, you get to work closely with your puppy and your trainer, so you can still foster a bond even if you can’t do the training yourself.
Airtasker also gives you a more budget-friendly and convenient way to find puppy trainers near you. Just tap “Post a task” and indicate your budget and desired appointment date. In a few minutes, you can find available trainers from your area.
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Top Puppy Training related questions
Basic puppy training takes consistency, patience, and a lot of treats and love. Start when your pet is around three months old. Keep the puppy in a defined space like a room or on a leash. Essential skills include learning their toilet area (which they’ll be able to identify thanks to their scent), “sit”, and “stay”. When your puppy successfully follows a command, reward them with treats, pets, or even a walk around the block.
Start by defining a space for them, such as a puppy pad or a spot in the yard (just make sure it’s fenced-off). Please bring them to this spot first thing in the morning, when they wake up from a nap, before you leave them at home, and before you go to sleep. Wait for them to eliminate waste, then reward with a treat. Do this consistently, and soon enough they’ll be able to identify their space due to the scent.
Give a command such as “House” or “Kennel up”, then point to the crate with a treat in your hand. Once they’ve settled inside the crate, give the treat and close the door. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes, then go into another room. Repeat this process, lengthening the time you spend in another room. Within weeks, your pet will be able to comfortably stay in their crate while you’re out for short periods of time.
You can find puppy training specialists near you right here on Airtasker! To do this, tap the “Post a task” button and fill out the form. Tell us about your pet - their breed, age, what you want them to learn, etc. Indicate your budget, location, and appointment date. Then, tap “Get quotes” and wait for offers from available Taskers. Once you find an offer you like, tap to confirm your appointment.
Experts recommend starting puppy obedience training at around 12 weeks when your pet already has some bladder and bowel control. If your pet is a little older than this, you may need to reshape some behaviour in order to avoid urine-stained floors, or if they’re teething, ruined furniture. With patience, love, and the help of a puppy trainer, you can enjoy the perks of a well-trained, smart, and obedient pet.
When hiring a dog trainer, you should be as selective as if you were employing your own fitness trainer. In your task post, you can include these questions to make sure that your potential Tasker meets you and your pet’s needs: What experience and credentials do you have? What is your training philosophy? What methods do you use to get rid of unwanted behaviour or habits? What kinds of cases do you refer out? Do you make learning fun?
What do puppy training services include?
Airtasker’s puppy training service includes the necessary skills or habits that are useful to cultivate in your pet. These are things that are typically included in puppy obedience classes, except that in the case of Airtasker, the trainer will come right to your door.
This service is incredibly helpful if you want to train your pet for things specific to your house, such as potty training in the yard. While training philosophy and methods can vary depending on the Tasker you choose, here’s what you can expect from a puppy training specialist on Airtasker:
Basic commands & focus
Training usually begins with teaching your dog basic cues such as “Sit”, “Stay”, and “Come”. Your trainer also teaches your puppy to focus and establishes that good behaviour results in treats and other rewards. These help your puppy understand the significance of commands and training time.
Potty and crate training
Your puppy trainer can help you establish a designated potty spot for your pet, and train them to understand this. They’ll also help you build a routine for your puppy’s toilet habits.
If you’d like to crate train your puppy, your trainer will teach your pet to go to the crate whenever it’s bedtime, or when you’re about to go out. Ideally, your pet should see their crate as a safe and comforting space of their own.
Socialisation to touch
Your puppy trainer also teaches your pet to be comfortable being touched and handled. This is particularly important for dogs who lack confidence, or for rescued dogs who must learn to associate touch with love instead of punishment.
Socialisation to vet and groomer procedures
Once your pet is comfortable with pets and cuddles, they’ll also need to be comfortable being handled. Your Tasker may also try familiarising your pet with tools like nail clippers, a toothbrush, or shears. This kind of training will keep your pet calm and safe at the vet and groomer.
Toy and mat training
Puppies and dogs have a lot of energy, and it’s essential to teach them how to use it properly. Toy training can be especially helpful for teething puppies, who’ll want to bite and gnaw at everything from chair legs to phone cables. In older dogs, having a trusty toy to chew on can keep them calm while you’re out.
Mat training teaches dogs to stay calm while waiting for a cue. It’s a great way to teach puppies to remain calm and to help nervous dogs relax.
Reshaping unwanted behaviour
Your trainer may also notice some undesirable behaviours in your pet and can help them unlearn these. This is useful if you’ve brought home an older pup or have had a hard time training your pooch yourself.
Once you and your trainer are satisfied with your dog’s level of obedience and intelligence, why not arrange a home “graduation ceremony” for your pet? You can get their favourite food delivered, and even have a photoshoot for the furry graduate!