The aim of this study was to survey people currently attending companion-dog-training facilities about their reasons for attending training, their expectations prior to training, their training experiences, and the factors contributing to their satisfaction with these experiences. The 178 participants indicated that they experienced few canine behavioral difficulties prior to attending training, with factors other than dog behavior influencing their decision to attend a particular facility. Features identified as important were characteristics of the instructors and the facility itself, opportunities for the dog caretaker (owner) to develop dog-training skills and knowledge, and specific canine behavior outcomes. Satisfaction was a multidimensional concept: satisfaction with the instructors and facility being dissociable from satisfaction with progress made by the dog and handler. Each of these represented different aspects of the training experience. Training facilities may need to address a wide range of issues to engage additional dog owners in training activities. Identification of these issues is an important first step in this process.
|Pages (from-to)||217 - 241|
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|