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The Importance of Dog Training

Feb 21, 2008
Well trained dogs are amazing creatures. Apart from being sociable, trained dogs are quiet, disciplined, do not bark unnecessarily and most of all pose a very low risk of biting anyone. They can also exhibit this composure in a distracting environment.

Well trained dogs show great affection and are likely to live their entire lives with the same owner, unlike the abandoned dogs. Some recent research work conducted by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association pointed out that 96% of the shelter dogs never had any sort of training in their life.

Training helps teach the dogs boundaries and also makes it easier for them to live comfortably with humans. You will find plenty of dog trainers and training programs all across the city. However, always find a trainer and training program that best suits the needs of your dog.

When it comes to finding a dog trainer, your first choice should be getting references from your friends or someone in the family. Other dog owners in the neighborhood can also give you valuable suggestions. When you finally find one, make sure you ask him all the questions which you may feel necessary to ask. In fact, a professional and experienced trainer would always ask you a lot of questions about your dog and take notes. If they do not, you may consider finding another one. The method of training is also very important, so make sure you ask the trainer which method he would be using on your dog.

Regardless of whether you hire a trainer or train your dog by yourself it is important that your dog learns to socialize and understand your commands. There are many things that have to be covered in the training. Let us look at some of the areas of training.

- Socializing with humans. Quite simple! You can introduce your dog to the people in your neighborhood when you go for a walk with your dog.

- Socializing with other dogs. You can reduce the aggressiveness of your dog by introducing him to others of its kind. Dog parks or dog training classes are the ideal places to let them get to know each other.

- Leash walking at a steady pace. You can use this as the first step in your training which should begin when you buy the dog as a little puppy.

- The 'sit' command. Most owners and even trainers use this as the first command to teach the dog.

- The 'down/stand' command. These commands help develop boundaries for the dog.

- The 'stay' command. As a dog owner you may find it necessary for your dog to learn this command as it is useful in environments full of noise and distractions.

It is indeed necessary to train the dog in order to have a strong bonding between the dog and its master. The same way it is important for us to become educated in order to become civilized, the dogs too need training so that they know which habits are to be developed and what are the things that should be avoided.
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Dog barking is a common irritant for many pet owners and their neighbors. Dog bark training can often be accomplished without resorting to specialty collars by simply paying attention to the cause of the dog's barking.
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