Dog trainers like to say, “there are no bad dogs, just bad owners.” What they mean by that is that many dog owners don’t know how to handle their furry charges. If you’ve ever encountered the 80 lb. dog who wants to jump on everyone in greeting, then you know what I mean. He means no harm, but most people would prefer a less physical greeting.
Fortunately, every dog (and their owner) can learn the skills to have the best mannered dog in the neighborhood. It’s all about training.
After all, your dog’s goal is to make you happy but they don’t always understand what you want.
Dog training is all about improving that communication. The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) designated January as National Train Your Dog Month to educate dog owners on the importance and benefits of dog training.
4 Signs Your Dog Would Benefit from Training
Dog training isn’t about fancy tricks. It’s about communication and understanding. When your dog understands the rules, then he can abide by them which will strengthen your bond, lower your stress levels, and get your dog invited everywhere.
Whether you’ve had your dog for years, or you just added a new furry friend to your family over the holidays, it’s never too late for good dog training. Here are four behaviors that signal your dog would benefit from training.
1 - Destructive – Dogs who chew furniture and tear up your house are usually acting out because their bored and not getting enough exercise. An experienced dog trainer can help you create better household management which may mean corralling your dog in a confined room or crate when you’re not home, increased level of exercise, and providing your dog with a chew toy like these kongs.
2 - Shy or Fearful Dogs – Sometimes shelter dogs have had a rough start in life and as a result are fearful of others. The key with dogs like this is to work with a trainer who understands dogs with fear issues. With some patience and a good training program, these dogs can become excellent pets.
3 - Leash pulling – If your dog hasn’t learned to walk on a leash without pulling you down the street, it’s time to teach him to heel. You’ll enjoy the experience of walking him so much more! Plus, your dog won’t get into potentially dangerous situations like running into the street or pulling you off balance on slippery sidewalks.
4 – New Puppy – Puppies need lots of attention to learn the rules of the house. Signing up for “puppy kindergarten” is a great way to learn the basics like sit, stay, and how to walk on a leash.
These are often held in conjunction with pet stores so ask around for a recommendation.
If your dog has more serious issues like fear aggression, then you’ll need one on one attention from a trainer experienced with these matters.
One of the keys to training is rewards. Training treats and chew toys like these kongs can be valuable aids in training your dog to be a happy family member.
Here’s to a positive and happy relationship with your dog!