Trained Dog, Happy Dog
Having a trained dog means having a happy dog that can enjoy many privileges. Trained dogs are well mannered family members who are welcome almost anywhere. They are fun to be around and easy to take along on trips and family outings. A trained dog can be given the freedom to run in safe, supervised areas because she will come when called. She can be enjoyed by others because she doesn't jump on people. By spending a relatively short period of time you can have a dog that is a joy to be with for many years.
Training for Puppies
Training is essential for proper development. By establishing communication and rules early, you will set the tone for a positive, constructive relationship and will have a way to change or stop inappropriate behavior as soon as it appears. Training will also help housetraining go more smoothly and will help curb typical puppy behavior like biting, chewing and jumping. You can begin formal training when your puppy is 8 weeks old.
The benefits of training your puppy or dog are countless. Your dog will be more content and under control and you will be able to enjoy your dog more. You just may find yourself having fun in the process!
Training not only helps your dog be well mannered and under control, it can solve most common behavior problems without the use of punishment. By teaching your dog the appropriate way to behave, you can praise her for being good instead of punishing her for being bad.
Some problems that training can solve:
- Jumping on People - Most people do not enjoy being pounced on when entering your home, especially by muddy paws! Teaching your dog to do a sit stay while being petted will enable your dog to enjoy company instead of being put away in another room.
- Pulling on Leash - Dogs who pull on leash are not a pleasure to walk. Teaching your dog to walk politely on leash can help ensure that your dog gets enough exercise, which in turn may prevent many other problems.
- Running Away/Not Coming When Called - A dog that does not come when called is either not likely to live long or will never enjoy a romp in the woods off leash. Trained dogs come when called.
- Barking - A dog can be trained to be quiet on command. Your dog is also less likely to nuisance bark if you train her to do basic commands. Training provides dogs with attention and physical and mental exercise. Training gives your dog a job to do.
- Chewing - There are many reasons dogs chew. Among them are boredom, anxiety and frustration. Training gives dogs mental and physical exercise, helps build confidence and gives dogs an outlet for pent up energy.
- Stealing - The problem of stealing food and other items can be turned around with training. Training will also establish trust. When your dog has something of yours she will bring it to you and give it up instead of running away and destroying it.
- Begging - A trained dog can be taught to lie down and stay put during meals.
- Biting - Whether your dog bites out of protection, fear or dominance, training should be part of the solution. Training will give you command control of your dog, will build confidence in a shy dog and will help reduce the sense of responsibility in the protective or dominant dog.
- Hyperactivity - Overly active dogs are not fun to be around. Training helps the hyperactive dog be under control and gives her something to do with her excess energy.