Benefits of Training
A well trained dog enjoys many privileges. He can participate in family outings, vacations, and will be welcomed in many places. A relatively short period of training can allow you to have a dog that will be a well mannered member of your family for many years.
Formal training for a puppy can start as early as 8 weeks of age. This is a great time to start building a trusting relationship and establishing a positive tone for communication. Puppy training also helps you deal with problems that surface as the puppy develops psychologically and physically.
It is never too late to start training. Many problems disappear once training starts as the dog is given a job to do and receives the attention he has been asking for.
Training can solve many behavior problems even before they occur. Basic training will teach you how to deal with your dog in a positive manner, using praise rather than punishment.
- Jumping up on people - Not pleasant for Grandma or you when you're dressed for work and he has muddy paws!
- Pulling on leash - Not fun for taking a relaxing walk. A trained dog who walks on a loose leash is more fun and they will get more exercise.
- Not coming when called - Very dangerous in a life-threatening situation and unsafe to take on a walk in the woods.
- Nuisance/Frustration Barking - Training can help keep you dog busy, give them a job to do, provide attention and exercise for them.
- Chewing - Dogs chew from boredom, anxiety or physiological needs as they grow/develop. Training gives them an outlet for their boredom.
- Stealing - Many dogs steal items for fun or to get attention. Training enables you to build a trusting relationship and your dog is more willing to return objects to you, giving them back without destroying them.
- Biting - Training builds confidence in a shy dog and reduces the level of responsibility a protective dog has taken on.
- Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
- How Dogs Learn by Mary Burch & Jon Bailey
- Clicker Training For Dogs by Karen Pryor
- Don't Shoot The Dog by Karen Pryor
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