Why Proper Dog Training Is So Important
Not to be overly dramatic, but proper dog training can be a matter of life and death.
Sure, nobody wants a rambunctious, destructive dog that simply can’t be trusted. But, on a more serious note, proper dog training is a strong indicator in determining the fate of millions of dogs on an annual basis. According to the ASPCA “5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year.” Of particular note, according to a yearlong study conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), 96% of relinquished shelter dogs have not received any obedience training.
Of course, a dog that isn’t taught right from wrong has no way of knowing just what behaviors are appropriate and which are not. While the dog may have done the actual damage, those ruined shoes aren’t just his or hers’ fault. With a plethora of training options available to the responsible owner, aside from providing a chance at life, dog training serves many other functions also.
Bonding with your dog
Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, dog training involves consistency, patience, and positive rewards stretched over a long period of time. The time invested enables dog and human alike to understand each other and really establish a strong bond whose very foundation is built on love, trust and mutual respect. Simply put, your patience and time will yield much return.
Ensuring a healthy and enjoyable relationship
The research doesn’t lie. Dog owners have less anxiety, lower blood pressure, and get more exercise than non-dog owners. With such benefits, let alone the intangibles of a strong relationship, why leave Fido at home?!
With a properly trained dog, you’ll be able to take him or her wherever you go, especially with more and more dog friendly hotels and vacation spots popping up. If staying local, why let a disobedient dog ruin otherwise innocuous fun activities like going to the park to throw a ball or even walking around the neighborhood where new people, smells, and situations are a given? If untrained, the very newness becomes not a novelty but rather a liability.
Ensuring everyone’s safety
Remember your class hamster who’s escape plan gave Houdini a run for his money?
While nobody plans on their dog following suit and slipping out of his or her collar, the unexpected is sometimes inevitable. Heck, it has happened with my dog more times than Id like to admit. Indeed, an untrained loose dog is a wildcard, a ticking time bomb liable to run across a busy street to chase a squirrel, attack innocent bystanders, or just plain run away. Ever see those ‘dog missing’ flyers?
While an obedient, trained dog doesn’t guarantee an un-dramatic outcome, it does serve to decrease the chances. Certainly not trained to the degree of Lassie, when my dog slipped out of her collar, she luckily remained in place to be quickly lassoed in with that less than ideal collar. (Editor’s note: A recall command, or even a simple “sit and stay” command should be part of every dog’s basic obedience training!)
As earlier stated, dog training requires much time, patience, and positive reinforcement. However, your time will yield much return in the form of a strong relationship built on love, trust, and mutual respect.
About the author: Eric Bogard is a writer for Pet Dreams, designers and producers of high quality, luxurious, affordable dog beds. The company actively advocates proper, humane dog training for all owners. Eric is a fan and advocate of all things Pit Bulls, taking care of his well-trained adopted dog named Pepper.
This article is through the courtesy of the Pet Health Care Gazette