Five Reasons to Train Your Dog or Puppy

1-A pooch v1.0If you have recently added a new dog to your family, you may have noticed they don’t always come with manners. Teaching them how to be a good canine citizen is only one of our responsibilities as the guardians of our dogs. This mean dog training has to be worked into our schedules. Training your dog or puppy takes time. It won’t happen overnight, which means it also requires a great deal of patience, consistency and understanding.

Here are five reasons why it’s worth the effort involved:

1.    You’re a team.

By training and teaching your dog the behaviors you, you are providing your dog guidelines. You might be surprised to know that dogs like structure, it helps them feel secure. This makes life easier and fun for your dog, and ultimately your whole family.

2.    You like your stuff.

If you don’t set boundaries and rules early on, your favorite shoes, belts or, even furniture can quickly become a chew toy for your dog. Set your pal up for success! Make sure that you remove any inappropriate objects from your dog’s reach and strategically place allowed toys and chews for your dog to make the more appropriate choice. Also set up a potty training schedule and consistently stick with it.

3.    You want to bond with your dog.

Training is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your dog. It’s a surefire way to build trust and communication—which is key to any long-lasting, healthy relationship.

Dog training classes are a great way for you to learn how to direct your dog in a positive, effective way. Classes offer hands-on practice and valuable professional guidance. They also give your dog an opportunity to socialize with other dogs and work around various distractions.

4.    You consider your dog a companion.

One of the best things about being a pet parent is including your dog in your favorite activities. A well-mannered dog is a pleasure to take to parks, beaches, and even dog-friendly shops and restaurants.

If your dog doesn’t know appropriate behaviors, outings may feel more like chores. You and your dog may be uncomfortable—and it may be downright dangerous.

5.    You love your dog.

German Shepherd Dog sat giving paw

Training is one of the best things you can do to ensure your dog’s happiness and safety. A well behaved dog is able to do more, see more and, ultimately, live more. Above all else, training forges a unique bond between you and your dog—one that is bound to last a lifetime.

We want to help you and your dog to have a long and happy relationship, which is why we encourage you to join us for our dog training classes. We offer a variety of services from seminars, group classes one-on-one sessions and our popular ‘stay and train’ program. Each of these options allows you and your dog to get the guidance necessary to make sure your dog training goals are met. We’re looking forward to helping you and your dog become BFFs.