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Training on a Budget



Training your new pup can feel overwhelming, especially if you're on a tight budget. But, proper training helps keep both dogs and humans safe and healthy, facilitates communication and bonding between dogs and their humans, and reduces the risk of dogs being relinquished to shelters. So, where do you turn if you can't afford the cost of a trainer? Luckily, there are plenty of affordable resources to help you.


Online Training Courses Who says you need a fancy school to set your pup up for success? With plenty of online training courses available, you can train your dog from the comfort of your own home. Websites like Udemy and Coursera offer budget-friendly courses (many under $100) taught by experienced trainers. When researching courses be sure to look for phrases like "positive reinforcement," "force-free," or "science-backed training." In addition, websites hosted by groups like the Association of Professional Dog Trainers offer articles and resources to help you understand canine behavior and implement training methods.



YouTube Channels

YouTube, the OG of DIY tutorials, also happens to be a treasure trove of dog training wisdom. There are numerous channels dedicated to positive reinforcement and science backed training methods. Check out channels run by Susan Garrett or Kikopup for guidance.


Books

Your local library holds a wealth of knowledge when it comes to dog training too. Browse through their selection of dog training books. Titles like Don't Shoot the Dog! by Karen Pryor and How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Dr. Sophia Yin are renowned for their positive reinforcement techniques and won't cost you a paw and a leg.


Community Centers and Local Training Groups

If you're looking for some hands-on training with human interaction, community centers, local training groups, and pet stores can be a real lifesaver. These organizations often offer affordable group classes, where fellow dog enthusiasts come together to learn and support each other. Not only will you and your pup benefit from the training, but you'll also make some new furry and human friends along the way.


Online Forums and Social Media Groups

Joining online forums and social media groups focused on dog training, like Freakin Awesome Puppies, can provide you with a wealth of advice and support from experienced trainers and fellow pet parents. Share your triumphs, challenges, and cute puppy pictures while getting insights from others facing similar situations. Who knows, you might even stumble upon some local training events or workshops happening in your area.


Remember, training your pup is not just about teaching them commands or tricks; it's about forging a strong bond based on trust and understanding. Embrace the journey, the successes and the mistakes, and know that there are resources out there ready to help you, regardless of your budget.


Happy training!

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