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For some, training an exuberant new puppy can look like a walk in the park. But dog owners who are debating whether they should pay for puppy training lessons instead may be interested to hear that they really work (stock image)

Puppy training really works! Once a week session an hour reduces aggression, anxiety and sensitivity of a dog to touch, experts say

  • By bringing a puppy to the training lessons, they are better trained as an adult dog
  • Researchers followed 80 puppies, 32 of whom were taken to weekly lessons
  • A year later their owners received 100 questions about the behavior of their dogs
  • They discovered that the puppies that were brought to the lessons grew up to be able to interact better with other dogs and less anxious
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For some, training an exuberant new puppy can look like a walk in the park.

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But dog owners who argue in their place about paying for puppy training may be interested to hear that they really work.

By bringing a puppy to a class, they are better educated as an adult dog and less shocked by traffic and unknown situations, a study has found.

They can handle bathing time better and become calmer when their nails are cut or when the vet is visited.

For some, training an exuberant new puppy can look like a walk in the park. But dog owners who are debating whether they should pay for puppy training lessons instead may be interested to hear that they really work (stock image)

For some, training an exuberant new puppy can look like a walk in the park. But dog owners who are debating whether they should pay for puppy training lessons instead may be interested to hear that they really work (stock image)

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Researchers followed 80 puppies, 32 of whom were taken to weekly hour-long lessons and 48 were not. A year later their owners received 100 questions about the behavior of their dogs.

Those puppies that were taken to six training classes, where they played with other puppies and interacted with strangers, grew up to behave better with other dogs and less anxiously.

The authors, led by Dr. Angela González-Martínez from Santiago de Compostela University in Spain, explain: The results showed that both puppies and youngsters who had lessons had more favorable scores for family dogs aggression, trainability, not -social anxiety and touch sensitivity.

& # 39; The study showed that attending puppy class can be important for social contacts with other puppies & people who may be related to the dog's behavior in the long term. & # 39;

The & # 39; socialization period & # 39 ;, when puppies are between three and thirteen weeks of age, is an important time for dogs to get used to people and to develop social skills.

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But studies have shown that many owners are not really aware of normal dog behavior, often do not respond consistently to bad behavior or too often punish animals, which can lead to greater aggression and excitement. Up to 87 percent of dogs are thought to have behavioral problems.

The puppy training courses in the study gave people advice about housing puppies and dealing with bad behavior.

By bringing a puppy to a class, they are better educated as an adult dog and less shocked by traffic and unknown situations, a study has found. They can handle bathing time better and become calmer when their nails are cut or the vet is visited (stock image)

By bringing a puppy to a class, they are better educated as an adult dog and less shocked by traffic and unknown situations, a study has found. They can handle bathing time better and become calmer when their nails are cut or the vet is visited (stock image)

By bringing a puppy to a class, they are better educated as an adult dog and less shocked by traffic and unknown situations, a study has found. They can handle bathing time better and become calmer when their nails are cut or the vet is visited (stock image)

The dogs were shown strangers with different clothes and hats, or were wearing walking sticks to get them used to older people, and were rewarded when they gave these people the chance to pet them.

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They also met other puppies, in groups of five or fewer dogs, and learned to walk without leashing.

A year later, when owners were asked detailed questions about their dogs, the puppies who attended training classes were less aggressive towards other dogs in their household.

They showed less & # 39; non-social anxiety & # 39 ;, including anxious or cautious responses to traffic, strange situations, or sudden and loud noises.

The dogs that took lessons were three times more likely to score high in the questionnaire about & # 39; trainability & # 39 ;.

This meant that they would pay attention to their owner and follow simple orders, retrieve objects, learn quickly and respond well to correction.

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They were also less sensitive to touch, so were less afraid or wary of procedures such as being cared for or examined by a veterinarian.

However, the study found no differences in 10 other behavioral traits, including aggression towards strangers or separation anxiety.

The study concludes: "Good socialization combined with positive reinforcement-based training in the context of a group of a group of puppies could help puppies become well-adapted pets."

The full findings of the study will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, set for publication in July.

IS DOG INTELLIGENCE AKIN TO HUMAN INTELLIGENCE?

The skills of dogs to learn are varied, just like the capabilities of people, according to WebMD.

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Dogs that are bred for hunting, retrieving or herding are faster learners because they are inherently quicker to walk.

Likewise, dogs that are bred to monitor cattle or follow odors are usually slower.

A new study has shown that mental deterioration in older dogs can be prevented if the dogs complete brain teasers on a touch screen (file photo)

A new study has shown that mental deterioration in older dogs can be prevented if the dogs complete brain teasers on a touch screen (file photo)

A new study has shown that mental deterioration in older dogs can be prevented if the dogs complete brain teasers on a touch screen (file photo)

The key to training your dog, WebMD says, comes down to knowing what your dog has bred to accomplish.

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However, according to the trainers, all dogs can be trained to follow simple commands.

WebMD reports that the following naturally most intelligent dog breeds are:

  1. Border Collie
  2. Poodle
  3. German shepherd
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Doberman Pinscher
  6. Shetland Sheepdog
  7. Labrador retriever
  8. Papillon
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Australian shepherd

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