TRAINING YOUR DOG
Dog owners want their pets to live calm and relaxed lives, cohabitating peacefully with their family members and friends. This requires training. On this page, we provide reasons why training is necessary as well as links to some highly effective trainers/sites for online advice.
REASONS TO TRAIN YOUR DOGS
You will understand them
Oftentimes, we make assumptions about our dogs. We try to figure out what they are thinking and why they are behaving as they do. Oftentimes, we are wrong. Training teaches you what makes your dog tick, and thus you become a better trainer and owner.
The dogs will be safer
A dog that won’t listen and obey is in harm’s way. The world presents many dangers to a dog. If your pet is trained well and will follow your commands, it is less likely he will be hurt or severely injured.
Peace in the home
We do not want our pets to ruin our homes and show aggression to our families. If pets are calm and relaxed, living in harmony with their owners, they will be happier, and the entire household will experience the full joy of living with a peaceful, well trained animal.
Other dogs will be friends not foes
There is nothing pleasant about a dog snarling, barking, and snapping at other dogs. Their owners don’t appreciate it, and they will not want to be around that pet. An aggressive dog won’t play well with others and will find himself increasingly lonely. However, if we train our dogs well, they will experience the joy of playing happily with their canine friends.
When you aren’t home, they behave
No one wants to return home to find prized possessions destroyed. A ripped book. A torn cushion. A chewed couch leg. Training your dog will create a gentleman or woman– a pet who can be trusted at home while you are gone.
Great Training Sites
Susan Garrett has an excellent dog training blog. She provides posts on numerous helpful topics and even offers an ebook: On Being a Good Student.
“Homeschool” your dog at dogsthat.com
Dogsthat.com has been educating owners for 20 years, seeking to “create better lives for dogs and the people who love them.”
Visit Victoria Stillwells’s Site
Victoria Stillwell is a dog trainer who knows her stuff. Her site is packed with helpful articles and videos on dog training, behavior, and wellness. You can even post questions on her site, and she will answer them and provide tips to help you be the best owner you can be.positively.com