Every Dog Needs Training!
Training your dog is not only beneficial for you and your sanity, but it can also help with serious challenges that could affect the safety and health of your dog, the well being of the people and pets you interact with, and could potentially save you money you would spend on home repairs, cleaning supplies, and replacement clothing or objects. Here are just six of the many major benefits of dog training:
1. It’s significantly safer for your dog.
The safety of your pup is of the utmost importance, and as their guardian, it is your responsibility. Ensuring that you can effectively communicate with your dog can prevent them from experiencing potentially deadly conflict with other dogs or animals, running into a busy road, or generally harming itself or others.
2. It’s safer for your home.
Training your dog helps ensure that your living quarters are treated with respect. Instilling manners in your dog means it will know the difference between what is acceptable and unacceptable in your home, and that it will behave courteously to the rest of your family and guests. It will save a great deal of money on home repairs, cleaning bills, and will significantly decrease the likelihood that your dog will chew its way through the irreplaceable piece of antique furniture that has been in your family for generations!
3. It builds a lasting relationship between you and your dog.
A training routine will establish a fundamental connection between you and your pup. As you spend time together creating boundaries, sharing experiences, and learning to understand each other, a mutual respect will develop. Your dog will learn to trust and respect your judgment, and you’ll gain admiration for their potential and capabilities and learn to trust them as well!
4. It’s easier when you take your dog out in public.
We’ve all seen instances where it looks like a dog is taking its human for a walk rather than the other way around. By training your dog and building its confidence around humans and fellow dogs, your walks together will be an enjoyable experience for both of you. Your dog will learn to interact safely and effectively with others and their environment.
5. It’s easier for the vet to work with your dog.
Veterinarians cannot risk their safety or the safety of their staff attempting to treat a dog who is negatively or fearfully reacting to them. Pet parents who have not taken the time to desensitize their dog to being touched, handled, or restrained can risk overgrown nails, dental disease, untreated wounds or infections, and the progression of disease which likely could have been prevented if discovered early.
6. You can help other pet parents.
Once you understand how to train a dog, you have that skill forever. Not only can this help you with all the dogs you own, but once you’ve mastered training your own dog, you can share your knowledge with other pet parents. You can even look into starting a career as a trainer yourself! Let’s be honest–what could be better than working with dogs each and every day?!