In addition to a disobedient dog being a nightmare to handle, there are many reasons why taking your dog to obedience training might be a perfect idea. Having outlined five that I’ve found most important, I hope that this article is going to push you into turning your favourite pet into a well-trained canine friend.
Let’s start with an obvious benefit: every obedience school will teach your dog the basic commands, such as sit, stay, drop, lie down, give hand, etc. It is incredible how much ease these commands put into your dog’s handling. Easier management also means that your dog can better function during friends and family events, making it more approachable and sociable.
A disobedient, misbehaving dog is usually shut away or left back home during guest visits, not to mention during events such as parties. Obedience classes teach simple commands that make a dog much more approachable.
Speaking of the social element when it comes to dog ownership, it is more than worth mentioning that socialization is a vastly important aspect of any dog’s life. This refers to both human interaction, and communication and response with other dogs and pets. This is even more important if your dog doesn’t get out much!
Socialization boosts your dog’s confidence, rendering it more open to friendly interaction with other beings and puts many other benefits on the table.
Yes, the obedience classes will help you form a stronger and closer bond with your dog. Behaviourally sound pets crave a deeper connection with their owners, and their owners, in return, find it easier to connect with their pets. An owner of a dog who is obedient, well-trained, happy and relaxed will have more pleasure from ownership, making for an improved dog-owner relationship.
Obedience classes are in no way tedious; in fact, they allow for a lot of quality time for both you and your dog. The exercises that are included are stimulating and engaging for both the owner and the pet, and the training clubs are usually solely dedicated to dogs, meaning that they probably have a ton of useful dog-related stuff to offer, such as club meetings, seminars, merchandise and socialization among owners.
Quality puppy schools, such as Canine Counselling, focus on learning the theory behind dog training. The fully-comprehensive counselling sessions will teach the owner the benefits of positive reinforcement, about avoiding punishment, they will clear any misconceptions with regards to the dominance theory, and let you, as an owner, learn how to see the world from your dog’s eyes.
Socialization with other owners and community growth
No one understands a pet owner as well as another pet owner. Obedience schools are approached by a lot of likeminded individuals (at least in terms of dog ownership), meaning that your dog isn’t the only one who’s going to have to deal with socialization here. Although it will probably be time-consuming in the beginning, you’ll learn to love spending time with your furry pet and other dogs and owners, helping you learn how to be a better owner to your favourite pet. In the grand scope of things, the training period takes no more than a year, and spending the next 15 years with a well-behaved dog sure beats more than a decade of stressful behaviour from both parties.
You are also contributing to dog owner community growth in this way, which is a vastly important factor of dog ownership.
Management, socialization, bonding and broadening your knowledge are merely some of the benefits that you can expect from signing up for an obedience school. Hanging around dog experts and dog owners can go a long way in helping you reinforce the bond with your furry friend, while teaching him or her how to behave.