Why Training Your Dog?
By: Saharikenn K9 |
Leader of the Pack
The biggest benefit of training to owners is that it teaches the dog who is in charge. You are the leader and the dog recognizes and respects your authority. Canines are pack animals: They follow a leader and want to please the leader. Training fulfills their need for leadership and provides structure and communication for a balanced life.
A well-trained dog:
· Reduces family stress
· Reduces damage to your home and personal belongings
· Increases a sense of safety and security
· Creates a strong bond with the dog
· Reduces costs associated with owning a dog
· Improves overall quality of life in the home
At what age should I start training my dog?
The best time to start training a dog is when they are a young puppy, which is why we start dogs in our Puppy Training when they are between 9 and 16 weeks of age. The first four months of a dog’s life are very important in his training. This is the specific period when he learns behaviors that he will practice in his lifetime. This is the right time to teach your dog basic commands such as sit, heel and recall.
What is the best way to train my dog?
The first step in training your dog is to educate yourself on the principles and methodology of teaching desired behaviors. It is to be noted that dog obedience training methods or procedures are not created equal. There are various training types, approaches and methodologies which have come to be developed through the years that deal with dog obedience training.
Behavioral training prevents and or corrects bad habits that your puppy or dog may develop or already has developed. Jumping, car chasing, begging, climbing on furniture, and chewing are just a few. It is very important to be consistent during the training process. For example, do not let your puppy on the couch unless you are planning to allow it on the couch when it is full grown. This will confuse it, causing problems. Taking the time to learn natural dog behavior and satisfying the dog's natural instincts along with proper exercise will help you communicate to your dog and can mean the difference between success and failure.
Obedience training is training the dog to obey certain commands such as sit, stay, come and teaching it to heel. Training sessions should be frequent but short to prevent your dog from becoming bored; ten to fifteen minute sessions, two or three times a day will be sufficient.
Becoming a dog owner means accepting the responsibilities and admitting that a well-behaved dog does not happen overnight. It takes commitment and time, along with consistence, positive reinforcement, and patience. Obedience training improves the bond between you and your dog, establishing communication and understanding.