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There are a variety of dog training classes available today. Check with your local pet store, animal shelter, or kennel club organization. There are puppy classes, group classes for dogs, and individual instruction available from dog instructors. For those who need specialized advice, an animal behaviorist might be a consideration for more serious pet problems like biting or serious separation anxiety.
Your top responsibility as a dog owner is to socialize your puppy so it behaves well with his family, visitors and when out in the community. The 10 tests for a dog to earn the Canine Good Citizen Award from the American Kennel Club highlight skills your puppy needs, such as sitting for petting and coming when called.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|