Newbie dog owners don’t always appreciate the necessity of training their dog. They have a vague conception of this, but it often comes as a bit of shock when they realize that dogs need a lot of instruction and routine. That said, it is by no means an impossible task. In fact, it can be quite enjoyable, and there are lots of benefits for pets and their humans.
Why Train Your Dog?
There are countless reasons to train your dog, which range from bonding to safety and survival.
- Safety And Survival
The most important reason to train your dog is that it could save their life. That’s not an exaggeration. For example, if you’re walking your dog and they’re distracted, if they’re well-trained you can always call them back to you. It will also prevent them from wandering off and into potentially life-threatening situations such as running into the road.
- It Will Deepen Your Bond
Dog training is as much for humans as it is for dogs. The two of your will develop a deeper understanding of each other. You will get to know each other’s ways and behaviors, and this will develop a bond. In time, your dog will understand what you’re asking for and will respond to you accordingly. You will also be able to anticipate his/her responses.
- It Makes For An Easier Relationship
A well-trained dog is less likely to destroy possessions in your home, wander off, and cause you other problems. It’s not to say that they will behave perfectly at all times. But on the whole, training makes it easier for the whole family to exist together.
You will also be able to take your dog more places. If they are well-behaved, you can take them to busier parks, campsites, and other areas without worrying about how they will cope.
- They Will Become More Socialized
Dogs need to be comfortable with other humans and other dogs. Training helps this. We have high expectations of our dogs and expect them to be well-behaved with everyone they encounter. This is not always easy for dogs to comprehend. Therefore, it’s important to expose them to lots of different situations and environments to help them get used to people and understand how to behave. Socializing an adult dog is different to socializing a puppy and will require more time.
Where To Start
Begin training your dog as soon as possible. A common misconception is that you need to wait until he or she is at least six months old. This is simply not the case. You can begin with some simple techniques as soon as they arrive.
First, make sure your dog is comfortable and feels safe and secure. Some owners use crate training in the early stages to provide them with their own safe environment. This should be filled with their bed, blanket, and toys. Ensure your dog’s bed is suitable for their size. There are lots of beautiful examples, including personalised dog beds which are tailored to match their appearance. Once they feel safe and secure, you can move onto basic commands.
Always start with the basic ‘sit’ command. This will allow you to get them seated and calm and can be used in many situations. The ‘come’ command is also vital as this is the one that will keep them safe in potentially dangerous situations.
There are many reasons to train your dog. The most important one is to keep them safe. It will also allow you both to live together peacefully and happily.