Benefits of a
well trained dog
A well trained dog is a joy to be around. Beyond being well socialized, trained dogs are less likely to jump up on people, and are less at risk of biting someone. They also tend to stay calm in distracting environments.
Also, well trained dogs are more likely to stay with the same owner, as opposed to being abandoned to the pound. One research report from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that 96% of shelter dogs had never had any training.
Training your dog helps to teach them boundaries, thus making them more comfortable around humans. There are many different dog training programs and many professional dog trainers. However, just because someone has a business card doesn't mean they are a qualified trainer.
To find a good trainer, ask your friends and family if they know a good trainer. Also, while walking your dog at the dog park, ask other dog owners who they recommend. Once you have found a trainer, ask them what method of training they teach. There have been dozens of different training methods for dogs that have been in and out of fashion over the years. Ask the trainer what method they use, why they use it, and what the benefits of it are. Also ask for references.
Whether you train your dog yourself or find a professional, teaching your dog commands and socializing it is important. Areas to cover in training include:
1. Socializing to strangers: This is easy to accomplish while out walking your dog around the neighborhood and introducing them to people.
2. Socializing with other dogs: You can do this at dog parks, or even better in a dog training class.
3. Leash walking at a steady pace: You can start this training as soon as you get your new dog.
4. Crate training: This is important, especially to build up a tolerance to stay in a kennel environment for several hours.
5. The sit command: This is usually the first command new owners teach their dog.
6. The down/stand command: These commands help develop boundaries for the dog.
7. The stay command: This command is important for your dog to master, especially in an environment with a lot of distractions.
There are many benefits to having a well trained dog. But it doesn't necessarily mean the dog will not develop behavioral problems down the road, like separation anxiety. Simply put a well trained dog is a joy to be around and strengthens the human-animal bond.
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