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The Importance of Dog Training

Oct 13, 2007
Dog training, if you ask any pet owner or anyone who is an authority on dogs, is absolutely essential. The need to train your dog goes far beyond peeing or pooping in the house. It can mean a matter of life or death for your beloved canine companion.

Dogs must know to obey their owners. This could mean teaching the dog to heed both verbal and non-verbal commands for walking, sitting or eating. The stereotypical image of an animal chasing a mailman may seem funny until it happens to you.

Dog training begins when they are puppies and will continue throughout their lives. A pet must be able to rely on its owner for common sense. Unfortunately there are instances when the human fails.

Dogs that are not acclimated to strangers can endanger not only the stranger's life but their own as well. Animal Welfare officers deal with dogs each day that lacked the proper training and as a consequence bit someone.

An animal that bites is a danger and one that cannot be excused. The risks to neighborhood children are not worth the price of pet training obedience classes. If you find yourself unable to train your pet to behave around strangers, find a dog training class that can.

An aggressive canine that bites others is not tolerated by the law. You can find yourself fined and possibly losing your pet should it bite someone.

Dog training can also be used to teach an animal not to eat food unless it is given by the owner. Each year thousands of dogs undergo veterinarian attention due to poisoning.

There are many things we often do not consider as poisonous or dangerous that can mean life or death to a pet. Three of the most common harmful items found around most houses are: chocolate, anti-freeze and chicken bones.

Most people know that anti-freeze is toxic but often give their pet chocolate and chicken bones, both of which are harmful to dogs. The tiniest piece of chocolate can begin a terrible pattern that might result in poisoning due to theobromine.

Chicken bones splinter when bitten and can become lodged in a dog's mouth and windpipe resulting in choking. So in reality it is both human and dog behavior training.

You can love your pet by learning the essentials to dog training. It may be tough at times but it will be well worth it in the end. The animal will know the rules and the consequences of disobeying.

You will know your pet's personality and be able to keep him safe and happy. A well trained animal is a great example to other pet owners who may be trying to train their dog. Share your experiences and give them advice that has helped you.
About the Author
Mike Selvon has some great puppy training articles for the pet lover, where you can find out more about dog training. We appreciate your feedback at our pet training blog.
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