Homeschooling for dogs is a real thing! Right now most kids are doing distance learning which is like homeschooling, so why not try it with your dog to keep you both busy? Not only will it help to cure any boredom you are having, it will also build the bond you have with your pup.
Olivia was home schooled most of her first year of life. Yes, she did attend two obedience classes and a couple rat classes, but otherwise, Mom did her training at home. She taught her nose work, tracking and worked on barn hunt and obedience as well. For Olivia it worked out great. Homeschooling can be for dog sports, for competition, or just for fun, learning tricks, or simple basic obedience.
Training From Experience
If you know a lot about what you would like to train, you can easily train your pup with the knowledge you have. Mom wants to teach Olivia to do the weaves now that she is old enough. Through my agility training she has an idea of how to go about it, so we have our portable weaves out and work on them with her.
I no longer do agility, but I still love to do my weaves, so I get to be the demo dog. Mom hopes that Olivia learns from me and from her on how to tackle weaves.
Emma knew how to wave but my sisters and I don’t wave at all. Now I’m learning how to do the wave. It is an easy trick and fun to learn.
Working on obedience isn’t much fun for any of us, but it is necessary. One hard thing for us is to have each dog follow a different command. Olivia and I are working on that. Here we have the down Olivia and sit Madison working pretty well. Even more difficult is one of us in a stay, and the other gets the come command.
Mom has been doing nose work now for six years, with several trainers, and has a lot of experience. We try to practice several times a week, especially now that classes are cancelled. Right now our goal is learning about water hides. Mom and I took a class on it in January, and now my sisters are learning what I learned. Luckily, we have a lot of open space in the basement to work in.
YouTube Has Dog Training Videos
If you are new to a sport or are looking for something specific, try searching YouTube to find out how to teach your dog. There are tons of training videos there, but not all are really good. You have to weed out the bad ones.
Professional Online Training
The best place we know to go to learn anything from sports to obedience to behavior issues, is the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. They have a wide variety of classes, and different programs where you can even upload your own video for critique. Mom isn’t good at learning online, she is better with in person, so we rarely sign up for a class. Lots of our friends train with FDSA, and really like their classes.
Homeschooling for dogs is fun, but Bailie isn’t really into training for anything. She is into getting rewarded. Stay tuned tomorrow for her super simple, to drool for training treat recipe! No worries! If you are bored with staying at home, and you need entertainment for your pup, we are here to supply it, along with fun for all!