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February 06, 2012

I want to be a good dog for you!

I’ve been taking my dog to obedience school for four weeks now. We are learning the basic commands: Heel, Sit, Stay, Down, Come. There is no need to be unkind to our animal friends in any way when we train. Intention is everything. We can learn to speak the same language and in that way we fully understand each other and what our expectations and needs are. If you are like most people, you are extremely busy. Some days, there just doesn’t seem like enough hours to take care of yourself, let alone a dog! But, the time that you spend training your dog will reward you and your relationship for many, many years to come.


    1. It builds a relationship.
    2. It corrects behavioral problems.
    3. It stimulates intellect.4.
    4. It encourages inclusion.
    5. It saves time.

 Let’s explore each benefit in further detail.

    • Training Builds a Relationship.

There is no better way to create a bond with your dog than through the process of training. You may think that training begins at the time you decide to try new tricks, but it actually begins at the very moment you acquire your dog.

Your dog is constantly watching you and learning from your actions. He learns from the way you react to his actions. He looks to you for guidance, for food, for warmth, for comfort, and for playtime.

So how do you build a healthy relationship with your dog? It depends on one essential element: mutual trust.

In order for dog training to be effective, your dog must trust you and you must trust your dog. Without trust, neither one of you can truly depend on the other. Without trust, there will always be a twinge of fear. Without trust, there will always be an element of uncertainty.

    • Training Corrects Behavioral Problems.

Barking at anyone who passes by the front window, chewing up your favorite pillows, digging through your freshly planted garden, bolting out of an open door,do any of these actions look familiar to you?

The second main benefit to training is that it can correct those pesky behavioral problems that your dog can’t seem to give up. For him, these behaviors are ways to release frustration, break boredom, or even provide entertainment!

    • Training Stimulates Intellect.

Yes, it is true that dogs are very curious creatures. With exposure to so many unusual smells, sights, and sounds, dogs can’t help but want to explore. It’s in their nature!

Most dogs have the capacity to be very intelligent. But, they need to be stimulated first, and then they will be motivated to learn. Training is a huge benefit for stimulating your dog’s intellect.

Just think about it from your dog’s perspective. The opportunity to spend time with his owner, learn new tricks, and receive treats! Who wouldn’t want to learn with such yummy rewards at stake?

    • Training Encourages Inclusion.

The sense of inclusion is very important to a dog’s security. From the earliest days of being a part of a litter, your dog feels comfortable being a part of the pack. That includes the pack of your household.

You may be the primary dog trainer, but everyone in your family or household should take the time to train your dog. When he receives this undivided attention from everyone, he feels like part of the pack.

    • Training Saves Time.

Another huge benefit of training your dog is that it saves you time. Taking the time to train your dog now, will actually save you time in the long run.

For example, if you take the time to train your dog to behave properly inside the house, you will actually be saving time cleaning up mischievous messes that he could create in the future if he didn’t have the training.

You do not need to spend several hours a day training or even doing potty training dogss In fact, if you spend too much time training without a break, your dog could get easily distracted or bored, making it less effective.


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