Even the most well-trained dogs can misbehave sometimes. But if your dog or puppy has never had obedience training, now is a great time to start!
Four Benefits of Obedience Training for Your Dog
Has your dog ever ran loose or refused to come back when called?
Does your dog jump up or get overexcited when they see you?
There’s no such thing as a bad dog. But a trained dog is less of a liability than an uncontrollable one.
A dog who listens and comes when called is less likely to get lost or injured. They’re also less likely to get hit by a car or to wander into danger.
Training your dog will not only keep them safe but you and others, as well. A jumpy dog or one who snatches food can cause injury. Trained dogs also tend to be less aggressive.
Socializing your dog shows them how to relax in busy environments with other dogs and people. The more accustomed they are to others, the less they’ll cower or act out in fear. And the less fearful they are, the less aggressive they’ll be.
Group obedience classes are a great opportunity for socialization. Though there are private obedience classes, it’s good to get your puppy in a classroom with other dogs.
Has your dog not had much interaction with other dogs? Try to slowly ease them into obedience training. Start training at home well before obedience school starts.
Instead of taking them to a dog park at first, set up a play date with another dog. Once obedience school commences, your dog will already be more comfortable around others.
Training can also help your dog better interact with humans and other animals. If you have a cat, it can take some time getting the two acquainted. You can learn how to introduce your dog to the family cat.
3. Mental Stimulation
A tired dog is a well-behaved dog. Like humans, dogs need exercise not only to stay healthy and strong. Exercise helps them stay happy and get rid of pent up energy.
Training your dog will give them the mental stimulation they need every day. Dogs who don’t get enough stimulation tend to get bored. That’s when the mischief ensues.
A bored dog will chew things they’re not supposed to. They’ll also act out or have accidents in the house as a means of seeking attention. A dog who is not stimulated is also more prone to stress and even depression.
It’s important to walk your dog every day and get them out into the fresh air. But a little bit of training at home each day will also go a long way.
4. Bonding Time
Training will help you forge a stronger bond with your dog. Not only will they come to trust you more and listen to you better. They’ll have fun with you in the process.
While training, show your dogs lots of love. Reward them for good behavior with treats, toys, and lots of love!
As your dog gets better trained, you can start to take them to other places out in public.