If you are looking for a useful and fun place to go with your dog, try training classes — it can be a great experience for both of you.
Dog training classes are not just for dogs with problem behaviors, they are also work for the best of the good boys. They give your dog something to do with you while giving their doggie brains some exercise.
Most localities have dog training groups that hold classes indoors for the winter (and possibly all year round). You’ll find classes are arranged in different categories: puppy classes, basic training classes, trick classes, and agility classes, to name a few.
Even older dogs can benefit from basic training classes, and so can an owner. You can learn how to walk the dog without pulling, for example, and socialize the dog to other canines — useful for visiting dog parks and just walking around town.
Interestingly, basic leash training can make it possible for you to safely and easily walk your dog even if you use a walker, can or wheelchair.
Classes are usually one to two hours, once a week for five to seven weeks. Cost can range from $75 to $175.
Classes usually involve 10 to 15 people, all of whom get a certificate at the end of the training.
You can also look into private classes if you want to train your dog to walk with you while on a bike, adult trike or mobility device. Private classes are usually more expensive, but they can help you learn safe ways to handle your dog on a daily basis.