We love our dogs. There’s no doubt about it. Each year, responsible and caring dog owners spend millions and millions of dollars to feed, entertain, pamper and provide excellent healthcare for their beloved dogs. For many people, almost nothing is too extravagant – or expensive – for their dogs.
Another area where these responsible and caring pet owners are spending their hard-earned dollars and precious time on is proper training, especially with puppies. These folks understand that providing quality training for their dog or puppy is one of the most important things they can do for their dog in his or her lifetime. Proper training, preferably as early on in the relationship as possible, can produce a wealth of benefits that will carry through the dog’s life and make it easier for them to become a beloved member of their family unit.
Training activities can help improve your dog’s attention skills and impulse control abilities, and can reduce anxiety and frustration. Dogs appear to be more focused on their owners and comfortable in their surroundings. The net result is a sense of security and trust where they are able to let their guard down, because they know that they are safe from harm.
Through the lessons they learn in their training exercises, dogs learn to cope more effectively with conflict or emotionally stressful situations. They learn to have more confidence and are able approach difficult challenges with the feeling that they can be successful, which can reduce anxiety, frustration and fear. Through training, they also learn what is truly expected of them, which allows them to behave and live according to the guidelines that we’ve set forth.
Take an Active Role in Your Dog’s Training (A Very Crucial Element)
Owners who play an active part in their dog’s training gain a lot of useful experience and valuable canine life lessons in the process. They become more observant and more in tune to their dog’s behavior. They learn to identify not-so-apparent details about their dog’s behavior, so they are more equipped to handle issues or problems that may arise in the future. Owners will learn how to appreciate a dog’s biological and emotional requirements, so they are able to provide him with the necessary things in life to make him a healthy and happy member of the household. This, in turn, has positive ramifications for everybody whom comes into contact with the dog.
Instead of always using punishments or corrections to train the dog to behave properly, owners learn more effective and productive forms of communication and training to get their dog to behave properly. Owners also develop a more informed estimation of their dog’s learning abilities and limitations. This provides the owner with a better understanding of the concepts and skills the dog can associate with more quickly, as well as those he may some difficulty with and take a little longer to comprehend.
All of these benefits lead to a better relationship and serve to strengthen the bond between owner and dog. They build understanding, communication, and mutual respect for one another. Training also builds leadership. Effective training will help your dog defer and comply with you to become a successful companion.
To summarize, training provides all of the following amazing benefits:
- Enhances the human-dog relationship
- Promotes affection and mutual appreciation
- Provides the owner with effective management and control skills
- A foundation of communication between owner and dog
- Builds confidence and trust
- Promotes relaxation and sense of well-being
- Enhances social adjustment, cooperation and competence
- Improves the dog’s attention and impulse-control abilities
In short, obedience training benefits everyone!
Dennis Schenk is a certified dog trainer who was lived in Beijing for almost three years. His wife, who is also a trainer, own a rescued 2-year-old Staffordshire Terrier called Roxy. Schenk notes: "Her social skills are impeccable; she has never, ever barked at another dog … she is a lover, not a fighter!" To find out more, check out his website.