“Why buy a trained puppy?” you might ask.
“Why spend the extra money just for a puppy?”
You may be able to train a puppy yourself and do a very good job. I know many people are experienced with dogs and know what it takes to raise a good dog, but there are many people who are getting a dog for the first time or who are getting a dog during a busy time of life. If this person is you, maybe it would be helpful to ask yourself a few questions: Do I have what it takes to train a puppy? Am I able to calmly stay consistent over a period of time until the puppy knows exactly what I want? Do I know how to train a puppy in a way that he will understand what I want?
Many puppy owners take their puppies to obedience class as soon as they can, and this is very important, but I have observed only a certain percentage learn exactly how to train a puppy, even in obedience class, especially if they haven’t had dogs while growing up or if they have a certain idea about how this puppy should be when in fact it might be the owner not the puppy that has a problem. They don’t always catch from obedience class how to work with their particular puppy and if they haven’t had previous experience in dealing with dogs may not succeed as well as they wish. Those who go a step farther and hire a good private trainer will have success.
A trainer who has experience in training puppies knows how to make the puppy understand them. They know how to work with the breeds’ strengths and weaknesses. For instance, golden retrievers are sensitive dogs. They want to please. They do not need very tough training. They DO need a firmness with lots of praise. LOTS OF PRAISE! Even among a golden not all dogs should be trained the same way. Some Goldens are tender and soft, very focused on pleasing. Some really like to be a bit independent and you find yourself needing to be more firm with them, not hard or harsh. Just firm, still praising and letting them know they are pleasing you.
Do you know that not all dogs have exactly the same problems and an experienced trainer knows how to work with different personality strengths in each puppy so as to help the puppy reach to his or her highest potential? It is a fact that not all puppies even from the same litter will be able to accomplish the same goals. Not all dogs will be able to be therapy dogs, not all dogs are show dogs. Some puppies will just be pets. They just want to be loved and be a part of your family. They will be most content if they have a simple life, and know what you want and will do their best to do what you want.
One of the other benefits of getting a trained puppy is that the trainer as well as the breeder work and discuss together the temperament of the puppy. This way buyers will most likely get closer to what they are looking for in a puppy. A puppy’s personality is only just beginning to show between 6 to 8 weeks, and often will not be so clear until 12-16 weeks old. A trained puppy has been watched by not only the breeder but also the trainer, and both put their notes together and are able to let the new owner know where the strengths and weaknesses of the puppy are: which things to watch out for, and which things to keep doing for this particular puppy.
It is also important to note that not many trained dogs are left in shelters for long periods of time. There is a waiting list for such dogs. So in either training the puppy yourself, or if you are not fully able, getting the puppy trained for you is probably the single most important insurance for the future of your puppy. We all know life happens, and sometimes there are unavoidable things that take place and you are not able to keep a dog, but a dog that is well trained, and properly trained will be much easier to re-home people are always willing and actually want such dogs.