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Do Dogs Really Need Training?

by Petes Miller

Would you share your room with a terrible roommate? Of course, not, right? The same sentiment applies when you are sharing your room with a pet dog.

Truth to be told, dogs need some training to be a good house companion. After all, they don’t view the ‘world’ in the same way as we do.

Do Dogs need Training

So, they won’t know whether a certain behavior is acceptable or not in the society we live in. We don’t expect our kids to automatically know how to respond to new situations, right?

This is why we teach them general manners whenever the opportunity presents itself. Frankly speaking, dogs are pretty much like kids in this regard. So, you have to play the role of a dog-parent.

Ironically, we usually don’t prepare our pets and expect them to behave in a certain way in certain situations. When they react in a different way, we get mad at them.

Fun Fact: 9 out of 10 pet dogs know how to follow the ‘Sit’ command. It’s the most well-known training command.

Keep in mind that no dog is bad. All dogs are generally good. It’s just that quite a few of them have not been coached to behave well.

No matter the age or breed, it’s important that you train your dog so that your pet doesn’t suffer in the human world. Dog’s welfare aside, it’s also good for your own peace of mind.

To put the long story short, it’s a pet owner’s responsibility to train their pets on how to behave/socialize in our world.

“It’s your fault if your dog is not well-behaved.”

While all dogs can benefit from some training, few dogs need training more urgently than others, especially the non-obedient and aggressive ones.

Of course, you don’t have to train your dog to do every trick in the book. After all, they won’t be able to live their life to the fullest if they have to keep waiting for your next command.

But then, you should make sure that the basics are known, such as, doing potty at the designated spot, getting along well with other family members, not intimidating guests, not biting, and so on.

Basically, the behavior of the dog should be acceptable both inside and outside the house. Your best bet would be to train them the basics within the first year itself.

Fun Fact: Did you know that puppies are born deaf and blind? They can’t hear a thing until they are about three weeks old.

Most dogs will see heaps of benefit from just a few hours of training every week. So, you won’t have to leave your day job to train your dog.

Proper training is bound to improve their confidence, provide enough mental stimulation, and make them feel at more ease in their daily life.

Needless to say, the more knowledge and skills you possess, the better you will be able to train your dog. Depending on how skillful you are, the better your pet will get coached.

Believe it or not, quite a few pet owners have reported that in the process of training their dogs, it dawned upon them that it’s them who need some training too.

How do you know if your dog is in urgent need of training or not?

Well, there are many ways to tell whether or not your dog needs obedience training. Your dog will display unwanted behavior that may get worse, if not attended to early on.

From poor leash manners, excessive barking, chewing inappropriate things, being rude, to scaring guests, and more, your dog will exhibit one or more of these aggressive behaviors, which should tell you that your dog needs some coaching.

Keep in mind that most dogs live for 13-plus years. These years can be wonderful or terrible, depending on your relationship with the dog. Whether you are a first-time pet owner or not, you owe it to yourself to read the training tips given below.

Some Training Tips Below:

-The majority of the dog experts state that reward-based training methods work best for most dogs. Treats are like a paycheck to them.

-You should always use kind methods to train your dog so that you develop a good bond with your beloved pet.

**Dogs can be taught amazing things without pain, force, or rude behavior. **

-You must not rush. Simply put, do not teach more than one command at a time. Even the cleverest dogs can get confused by this.

-If you don’t want your dog to be trained by someone else, make sure that you are consistent with your efforts.

-Don’t train your dog for six hours at a stretch just because it’s your weekly off. Give your dog some days/weeks to learn new things.

-It’s also extremely important to finish every training session on a good note.

-For you to be a good trainer to your dog, do not allow anyone else to pamper the dog more than you.

-Training requires many ingredients. So, train your pet with love, care, affection, a good plan, and loads of patience.

Dog Facts: Puppies cannot control their bladder until they are 16 weeks old. So, train them in this area only once they reach close to 16 weeks of age.

Now, you can’t be a splendid dog trainer just by reading the tips given above. There’s a lot more to the story. That said, you can learn a lot from the Internet itself by reading relevant guides or by watching dog training related videos.

If you think that you can’t do a good job of training your dog, it’s better to hire a professional for the job. After all, some breeds are notoriously difficult to train.

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That said, please know that dog training is a highly unregulated field. This is to say that any average Joe out there can become an overnight dog trainer.

It helps to check the credentials of the trainer before you choose one. Needless to say, a well-educated dog trainer will make use of scientific techniques to coach your dog.

Conclusion:

By now, you should know do dogs really need training or not. The best time to train your dog is when it’s still a puppy. That said, it’s never ever too late to coach a dog. No matter what others have to say, ‘You can teach new tricks to an old dog.’

Interestingly, industry experts state that those pet owners who take the time to train their dogs get to enjoy a much healthier canine companionship. This translates to incredible memories, which both of you might never forget!

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