Over the years, dogs have transformed from something that guards our house to becoming members of our family. They accompany us while shopping, doing sports, hikes or family trips. Their unconditional love is one of the most rewarding things we can have in our lives. Since dogs share our homes as a part of the family, it is important to train our dogs. An obedient and well-mannered dog makes our lives easier.
Here are some of the reasons why you should train your dog.
Your dog learns necessary skills that prevent them from getting into dangerous situations. They will not get stressed or panic when taken outside the home and when in front of strangers.
● Obedience training for dogs also keeps them safe. A simple command may prevent your dog from chasing a squirrel across a busy road.
● Having a trained and obedient dog makes an easier to manage dog, which in turn deepens the bond between owner and dog.
● Basic training also helps us have a better understanding of what our dog’s needs are. With good training, the dog will be able to communicate to you, and you would understand what the subtle signs are like the twitching of the ear mean.
Consistency: Identifying patterns form the basis of training and learning for every animal including humans. Similarly, if dogs are rewarded for a certain behavior pattern, then they are motivated to repeat that pattern. Make sure the cue words for the commands are repeated for a fixed number of times every day. Instead of repeating the command over and over, use hand signals or move the dog to a less distracting environment.
Realistic Expectations: Some dog owners expect a complete voice control over their pets within a couple of days of training or even from the beginning of the obedience classes. Remember obedience training is not a short-term training that lasts only for a couple of weeks. It is a life-long process that involves training, repetition of the commands with different levels of distraction, and practice. Each dog has a different learning curve and it would not be fair to compare your pet with other dogs.
Positive Reinforcement: This method focuses on the positive behaviors of the dog while ignoring the negative ones. This type of training stresses on the fact that the bond between you and your pet should be built on kindness and compassion rather than your dominance and animal submission. The positive behaviors should be rewarded with treats, walks, car rides or any activity that your dog enjoys doing. Healthy treats may be used in the beginning, but it is better to gradually reduce the treats and replace them with other rewards.