Obedience training is one of the most important responsibilities you have as a puppy or dog owner. Not only will an investment in proper behavior training allow your puppy to become a well-behaved “good dog,” but it will also help to ensure your dog’s safety and his or her place in your family pack.
How to Make a ‘Good Dog!’
Much like people, dogs have distinct personalities and character quirks, not all of which are suitable for daily life. Your dog may be a runner, a jumper, a licker, or even a bit of all three. And while these quirks might be cute while your dog is still an adorable puppy, these manners are ill-suited for a full-grown dog and can make day-to-day life both a risk and a challenge for you and your family, as well as your dog.
When done properly, behavior training can not only teach your puppy the basic commands needed to get along in your daily routine, but can also help to correct unwanted behaviors, such as jumping, digging, barking, and chewing. Additionally, proper obedience training can help to reduce the risks your dog faces, both at home and on the go. Without proper obedience training, how would you get your dog to stop chasing an errant squirrel into oncoming traffic? Or from biting your postal carrier? The assurances proper obedience training can give both you and your pet are often considered invaluable when put into the perspective of safety.
Be the ‘Leader of the Pack’
Arguably, the most important aspect of obedience training for your puppy is that it establishes you and your family as the leaders of your dog’s pack. By nature, dogs are pack animals and crave a well-defined social order. Without it, your dog won’t know his or her place in the pack, and as a result may always be vying for the position of “top dog,” resulting in disastrous consequences for your relationship, as well as your dog’s happiness.
If you are considering adopting a puppy or dog into your family, or have already done so, we recommend enrolling your canine (and your family) in our behavior training programs with our wonderful trainer, Lois. We offer both obedience and socialization behavior training for puppies and dogs of all ages, and provide a great community of support for dog owners in our area.
Even if your pet has been with you for years, it’s never too late to teach an old dog a few new tricks. Dogs of all ages and abilities are welcome for our doggie training classes. A little obedience training may be just what your dog needs to get a little exercise and carve out quality time with you.