Obedience Training For Puppy – The Biggest and Most Costly Mistake Puppy Owners Make

Don’t make the biggest mistake so many puppy owners are making byBiggest Mistake Puppy Owners Make signing your puppy up to puppy training to obedience classes. This mistake is the most costly and far too common and serious to ignore.

You see right now, thousands of people are enrolling their new puppy into pre-school, puppy training classes and will then possibly advance to dog obedience.

But, why are they doing this? Well, it’s because they believe they will end up with a good, well-behaved dog who are safe and under control.

So what if I was to say that attending all these classes, spending hundreds of dollars does NOT mean you will achieve this.

That’s right…the reality is what people learn at obedience school is how to get their dogs to follow commands. In doing so, there is some socialization, which is great if it’s done right.

What You Need To Understand

But the most important information is almost always disregarded. ForUnderstand Your Dog example understanding how to become and remain the pack leader to PREVENT serious issues as your puppy grows up, as this is very crucial.

So what you need is the method of training that works when your puppy is young and continues to work when your dog grows up.

Here is an unfortunate case with a young lady, an actual client of Doggy Dan, who spent hundreds of dollars, possibly close to $500 in puppy training and is now seeking help.

She’s wanting help in understanding how to stop these issues:

Nipping for Attention
Can’t Relax
Following Everywhere

So ask yourself…what was the point of puppy pre-school and puppy training?

Here is her email:


“Hi there,

For my 30th birthday last year I got a little puppy who, for the most part, has been well behaved. She has done a couple of puppy schools and
training classes where she did very well and showed she was a quick
learner. However, over the last few months (she is now 1 and a quarter)
her behavior has been getting worse.

Here is a list of her issues at the moment:

– Barking & growling. She is constantly growling out the windows at
nothing in particular, anything can set her off – birds, the neighbor’s
chickens, people next door, trees moving, rustling in the bush, dogs
down on the beach, kids toys on the lawn next door and imaginary
things. Once she starts barking she seems to get fixated on it. This is
her biggest problem and it is so frustrating not only to us but I am sure
to the neighbors as well. As well as barking at things outside, when she
wants attention she will growl/bark/nip at me (only does this with mainly me, sometimes other family members. Is very cuddly at the park with other people).

– She is unable to occupy herself and is constantly following me around.
She does not seem to know how to relax and chill out.
– Because of her barking, we can’t leave her outside by herself, as she
will just bark non-stop.

She has a sweet personality but the barking and attention seeking are
very draining and I would like to be able to enjoy having her around
again and I am sure she would be happier if she were more
independent and relaxed.

Do you think you would be able to come and help us get our lovely little
girl back?”

Christine Wakefield and Poppy


It definitely would have been far less stressful and much simpler to have prevented this in the first place. It would have saved so much time, effort and money spent on training for basic commands just to sit, down, stay.

As mentioned earlier the crucial part of the training is not explaining to the puppy owner the importance of becoming the pack leader.

Why Do You Need To Be The Pack Leader?

Dogs bark to protect the property because they think that they are theBe The Pack Leader pack leader. So, they can end up barking at absolutely nothing unless you stop it. In the same manner, because dogs think they are the pack leader they will follow the owner around to protect them.

It all comes down to being a pack leader and learn how to switch your puppy off so they can relax because you are the one in charge.

Make your puppy training fun to understand commands and should be a major part of the puppy training but don’t let it be the only thing you focus on. Keep in mind, you need to understand how important it is to gain your dog’s respect so they can continue to learn with you as they grow.

One of the best websites to watch and learn these crucial topics is Doggy Dan’s video website, The Online Dog Trainer. 

In this website, you can actually watch Dan raise his very sweet puppy, Moses, from 8 weeks of age right up to 8 months and beyond. It covers all dog training methods and dog behavioral problems. 

Also, Dan offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the site. Why not take advantage of the deal and take a look inside the site!

Basically, this website is a video diary of a puppy that’s grown to be now, a fantastic dog.

Don’t let it go until things turn out to be badly. Prevention is better than cure!

So if you want to avoid spending hundreds of dollars…

And you want to get the training right the first time round…

And you want to stay away from all the hassle and stress…

Then I recommend you sign up now for Doggy Dan 3 Day $1 trial of The Online Dog Trainer. The complete dog and puppy training website. 

Thank you for stopping by and if you find this article helpful, please leave a comment/question below.

18 thoughts on “Obedience Training For Puppy – The Biggest and Most Costly Mistake Puppy Owners Make”

  1. Very interesting to hear that simply training a puppy to obey commands is not enough. Of course there is so much more to animal psychology than simply learning a “sit” or “stay”.
    Being pack animals, puppies instinctively feel insecure when they are not surrounded by their family. So their human family needs to take it’s place.
    By showing the puppy the security of boundaries and letting him/her know that she doesn’t need to be “top dog” is surely the best way to get a well-behaved adult dog.
    Great insights and important information for anyone thinking about sending their puppy to obedience classes.

    1. Hi Clare,

      You can liken a puppy to a small child, not saying that puppy and child are the same but as in the sense where they both need guidance. Both child and puppy look to you for support and guidance, and they return love. The puppy is trained to understand commands, but thy also need to understand who’s in charge and this is where you come in. Well, you got the idea. Thank you for viewing this site. Have a great day!

  2. Okay this is a new one for me! I can understand that taking your puppy to classes wouldn’t solve all the behavior problems, but it would certainly provide essential socialization!
    My best friend has a puppy who has been to puppy preschool and is the friendliest puppy I ever met! He gets to socialize with other dogs all the time for play dates and walks. I’ve compared this to other puppies I’ve seen who are scared, shy and shiver when approached, None of these puppies have been to preschool 🙁

    My goodness I’ve told people hundreds of times how important it is to be the pack leader, but do they listen! They say “oh but I just want to enjoy my dog” or “I’ll do training later.” I always get told about their problems “later!”

    1. Hi Cavy,

      It saddens me to hear or see puppies shiver or are shy, mostly shiver. A dog or puppy that shivers make me wonder what’s going on at home.

      Many people don’t know they need to be the pack leader. And just as you been approached and told these problems, behavior issues becomes a problem later because if the dog senses his owner is not strong enough to take charge, then he’s going to take the role.

      Those with a new puppy just delay the idea of training their puppy.

      I have a neighbor across the street who has two little dogs out in yard. Her dogs are constantly barking at anything and everything they see through out the day and night. If people took the time to train their dogs, they could avoid becoming a nuisance to other people in the neighborhood.

      I hope you found this information helpful. I appreciate you viewing this site. You have a great day!

  3. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing. My very first dog, I did bring her to obedient class. She was the perfect dog although we were both busy with work and couldn’t give her the attention she needed. Shes a fetcher so she likes ball thrown and repeat. I found a good home for her with three children and shes in heaven. No behavior issues.

    I haven’t had my other dogs trained in obedient classes after that, but utilized what I learned with my first dog. We don’t allow nipping from the beginning so my dogs don’t nip now. One way to really tire a dog out is to run them. At least, that works for my dogs.


    1. Hi Sofia,

      Thanks so funny! Like having your children run and play all day until they’re tired out. lol!

      I’m so sorry you lost your first dog. But at the same time glad she turned out so well behaved.

      I hope all turns out well and continues that with your other dogs.

      Thank you for viewing my site and I appreciate it.

  4. I don’t have a dog myself. However, I have seen numerous friends waste hundred of dollars training their dogs to see anything different in their behaviour. Where I have a friend (who seems a lot like Dan) and I, call him the dog whisperer and he’s a dog whisperer because he presents himself as the pack leader. The funny thing is, everybody comes to him when they have issues with their dog and teaches them how to be the same way as him. And after they learn how to be the leader of the pack they no longer have the problems they once had.

    1. Hi Amberlee,

      I’m happy to hear that your friend took the initiative to help others learn and understand to help train their dogs is to be the pack leader.

      Thanks you for viewing my website. You have a great day!

  5. Great points on your article. At the end of the day dogs are pack animals and need a great leader. IT is up to the owners to be that leader…when dogs become the leader, that is when they “misbehave”. I only wish I had known this material when I raised a dog as a kid 🙁

    1. Hi John,

      I agree with you 100%. It’s a shame many people don’t know this. Thank you for viewing my website. You have a great day!

  6. I love this online training idea! Not everybody has the opportunity to go places all the time, and spend double time on travelling to dog clubs! I love dogs and I had many problems before, because I made many many mistakes when they were puppies! In my case it got so bad that I had to hire a private trainer, which help us a lot. However, I still have problems with one of my dog and his barking, and I love to learn from different people to get better view on the particular problem. And for $1 trial? You kidding me? I would be silly to miss out on this!!
    Thank you!


    1. Hi Timea,

      I’m happy to hear you had a helper to train your dog. Sometimes if a dog trainer doesn’t use the method of being a pack leader, you may still have problems with dog behavior. I don’t know whether your private trainer knew that or not but I do know a lot of dog training schools don’t inform the pet owners.

      Anyway, I hope this helped and the best to you. Hope you get your problem resolved with your dog.

      Thank you for viewing my website. Have a great day!

  7. Very interesting article. Sometimes my golden barks when he hears someone downstairs. I live on the second floor, and someone moved in on the first floor recently. It gets annoying sometimes because I tell him to stop but he feels he needs to bark a couple more times.

    For the most part he listens, but do you think he thinks he’s the pack leader? He follows us around allot but if I tell him to stay on another room he’ll listen.

    I just wish he would listen to me when I tell him to stop and not feel though he needs to bark a few more times.

    1. Hi Jonathan,

      I chuckled a little reading your comment…I’m sorry. Just thought it was funny how your dog thinks he needs to bark a couple more times. LOL!

      It’s natural for a dog to bark when they think there’s an intruder approaching. It’s their way of protecting the property because they think they are in charge or the pack leader.

      Likewise, when they follow you around, it’s to protect the owner.

      It’s all about being the pack leader.

      Thank you for viewing this website. You have a great day and up coming weekend!

  8. Hi Rosa, great post. I don’t have a dog right now because my wife and I will be travelling a lot in the next couple of years and when our last one passed away we decided we’d wait, but there is some great information on this post. You’ve just saved me a lot of future expense and time. I will come back to your site before we get our next furry friend. Keep up the good work. Cheers

  9. One of our two puppies has started to bark at everything and anything. I’m not sure it’s because he thinks he is the pack leader because our other puppy is definitely more dominant than him and he doesn’t bark.

    There is a case where dogs are nervous and bark because of it. Coming out of the house into the garden with ‘all guns blazing’ is their way of trying to fool anything that’s around that they are fierce and not to be messed with.

    I do agree though, that puppy training classes can be a double edged sword. We have actually been taking our puppies to puppy socialisation meetings at the local pet shop. It’s held twice a week for an hour and only puppies are allowed in. They mingle at random but I have noticed that the same puppies that come to the meeting, are steadily getting more uncontrollable and excited as the weeks go by.

    Now when taking our pups for a walk, they go absolutely berserk when they see any dog or human. Barking and whining, pulling on the lead on hind legs. All they want to do is go charging about with the new dog without listening to any commands. They were calm before they went to these classes. We’ve stopped going. Ches

    1. Hi Ches,

      If the puppy training classes tell the dog owners that they have to be the pack leader and not their dogs, this can help solve at lot of their behavioral issues with their pets.

      Thank you for your comment.


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