The Top Ten Reasons To Train Your Dog

How many of the millions of dogs that are killed every year in shelters and rescue organizations come from homes where parents never thought to train or socializing their dogs? Too many. Most of the dogs I see in shelters and rescue organizations are there because the dog got too big after growing up, or parents never took the time to train their puppies or dogs when they brought the dog home

Puppy training is vital to a healthy and happy dog and to keep pets out of shelters. Regardless of how you end up together and at what age, a canine is never too young or old to be trained or socialized.  In fact, if you stop training or socializing your dog to new sounds, smells, environments, people, and other dogs, their behavior will get worse, not better.

While some breeds are inherently more intelligent and motivated than others and some work harder and are more driven, any dog can be trained and socialized.   Just as you would want the best for your children and want them to achieve all that they can in life, as a pet guardian it is your responsibility to bring out the best in your dog and to achieve the best family pet and canine good citizen possible.

It is important to remind yourself that dogs don’t come into this world speaking English, Swahili, or any other language.  They understand and respond more to body language and actions than our words.  If you want to train your dog fast and efficiently, speak less, and be more cognizant of your body language, facial movements, and actions.  Also, your tone of voice is more important than any words.

Most professional dog trainers and people that use dogs for work employ subtle hand, feet, arm, leg movement, and facial expressions, rather than verbal language, to communicate with their dogs. We need to teach dogs through positive reinforcement dog training to make associations and for dogs to do the requests that we want them to perform.  Once you understand canines and how to communicate with one another your relationship will blossom and form into the one you dreamt of, a great bond with your best friend.

Here are just a few of the reasons to dog train.  Always consider health and age when training and exercising a dog.

The Top Ten Reasons To Train Your Dog

1)      So you don’t end up in a bad relationship and so your dog/s don’t end up abandoned and in a shelter or rescue organization.

2)      Humans have problems in their relationships when communication breaks down.  Relationships amongst canines have to be clear, concise, and consistent.  Train your best friend to make your lives together happy and last a lifetime.

3)      So you, family, friends, or anyone your dog/s encounters don’t get molested, jumped on, harassed, or bitten.

4)      So you can take your dog confidently anywhere dogs are allowed in public.

5)      To instill a sense of confidence and emotional intelligence in your pup.

6)      To condition training and behavior so that your dog behaves and pleases you.

7)      Why did you get your dog? Whatever the reason, train your dog to enhance your relationship and strengthen your bond with a dog.

8)      Want to set a great example in your neighborhood and wherever you go together? Train your dog to set a great example for all of your friends and fellow dog parents.

9)      Your trained dog will help model behavior for your other dogs so that they have a great role model to follow.

10)   Training your dog is just plain fun and cool!