For many people, the first and most important thing you will do with a new puppy is put them in dog obedience training. That training will teach them how to behave in certain situations that they will almost certainly encounter at some point in their life. However, some owners either cannot afford obedience training or decide they would rather do it themselves. So, here is a brief rundown of what you can gain from that training to help you determine if your dog would benefit from it.
The Benefits of Dog Obedience Training
To start with, dogs in obedience training quickly learn how to respond to specific, well delivered commands. That also means you will learn how to give those commands. Many people neglect their end of the bargain in dog ownership. They feel like the burden lies with their dog, not themselves. Think of dog training as a two way street and it will be far more effective. Here are some examples.
Leadership – In obedience training, you will learn how to assert your dominance over the dog to show them that you are in charge at all times and that they must listen to you. If these behaviours are replicated in your home, the dog will have a much easier time following your lead. Alpha leadership is the cornerstone of all good training.
Basic Commands – Dog obedience training will provide you with basic commands like sit, stay, heel, speak, and quiet – basics that will make your dog more respondent when it really matters. These four behaviours will form the foundation of everything you need to teach them more tricks later.
No Biting or Barking – Two of the biggest problems that a dog can have are biting and barking. Different levels of dog obedience training can deal with these specific behaviours and ensure that your dog does not act out of line. Biting in particular should be dealt with at a young age.
Walking – Tired of having your dog pull you down the street? In a good training class, you’ll learn how to control your dog’s movements, keep them from running around on you and ideally teach them to sit and heel when needed at corners and when other dogs walk by.
Dog obedience training is important in many ways because it provides the foundation for all the issues that might arise at home. If your dog is under a year old or simply does not behave properly, consider a class to help you get started.
Carrying it Forward at Home
Of course, dog obedience training is only the start. Your dog may learn a few basic tricks in the class, but if you cannot carry forward what you’ve learned back at home, good luck maintaining that control. You should be consistent, show your dog that you’re in charge at all times and make sure everyone in the household can also follow along with whatever you’ve taught your dog in training.
Remember that your dog will only do what it is taught to do. You must be consistent, reassuring and effective at maintaining the commands you give. The second you start waffling or forgetting to reassert your commands, your dog will start to revert to the original behaviours that you worked so hard to train them out of.