Prospective owners of dogs typically do not share a proclivity for unruly, wayward canine behavior; instead, soon-to-be pet parents smile at the thought of a naturally well-behaved pooch that doesn’t jump up on company, bark excessively, or chew the furniture.
However, dogs don’t simply arrive on our doorsteps with manners. Like children, dogs need to be taught the basics of how to behave; and spring is a wonderful time to start that obedience training you’ve been thinking about. With the goal in mind of helping your dog live a happier, more complete life, we can help you get that ball rolling!
Obedience Training Basics
Training your dog may very well be one of the most important – and rewarding – goals in your pet parenting tenure. Even after a short time spent in obedience training, you will see improvements in your dog’s behavior, as he or she begins to understand your expectations, gain confidence, and find his or her place in your family.
Your first step is realizing your role as your dog’s “pack leader”. Your firm, loving leadership is critical in teaching your dog how to behave, and will help to establish (or strengthen an existing) a deep bond and trust between you.
Remember, a trained dog is a happier dog.
Your dog will benefit from obedience training in the following ways:
- Learn respect for you, members of the family, your home and furniture, private property, and strangers
- Apply certain basic rules of behavior in public places, around children, and unfamiliar places
- By socializing with other puppies or dogs of similar age or breed, you give your pet an opportunity to play and learn, leading to positive future experiences on walks, hikes, or visits to the dog park
- Bolsters your dog’s sense of self-esteem as a fully participating family member
A good obedience training course will establish the basic commands as a foundation for further study, agility, or competition circuits. Your dog will learn basics like “Sit”, “Down”, “Come”, and “Stay”, and may pick up much more with continued attendance and participation.
Depending on your approach, and your dog’s willingness, he or she will begin to react to your commands with increasing speed and accuracy over time. The mental stimulation and physical exertion found in obedience training can quickly put a stop on:
- Excessive barking
- Urinating or eliminating indoors
- Pulling on leash
- Jumping on people
Communication in obedience training is key to unlocking your dog’s potential. Once communication is established and nurtured, your dog can travel with you almost everywhere, because you trust that he or she will obey and behave. This freedom within your established framework certainly contributes to a happier, well-adjusted, and healthier pup.
A Trained Dog Can Go (Almost) Anywhere
Training your dog ensures that he or she stays out of trouble, and you will be more inclined to integrate your well-trained dog into your daily activities, errands, and travel plans. This companionship is good for both of you, but it’s not a given when considering adoption. Training a dog takes time, consistent effort, and a strong commitment. We know you can do this, and your precious pooch will thank you.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions, and good luck obedience training this spring!