Dog Training for Your Family Pet: Like Parenting Children

Good dog training for your family pet is very much like good parenting for children. They both  need to get the best tools they can, to navigate the potentially rough waters that life will throw into their paths.

Both need to be able to make the right decisions when presented with options. The only resource they have is you.  And dogs face the handicap of not being able to ask questions.

Kids need to know, or actually develop, keen instincts that allow them to choose good friends to hang with and make other good life choices.

Dogs need good tools to be able to make the right choices as well: don’t jump, don’t bark excessively or don’t chew up things that are not yours to chew – and this list goes on.

Okay. Maybe I’m not telling you something you don’t already know about dog training I guess my question then would really be, “are you doing something about it?”

My wife passed a story on to me she had recently read about a family vacationing in Hawaii. The Mom had taken her son for surfing instructions. The surfing coach kept repeating and teaching her son to “keep his butt down and knees bent or he could end up with his face in the coral reef.” The coach additionally said, “I had to make him hate me first to insure that he was safe above all other things.”

That may be slightly “over the top” in my way of thinking about my clients. I don’t want them to hate me and probably the firmest statement I’ve made is, “Don’t complain, train.”

The sooner you give your dog the right tools to navigate life’s rough waters, the better, happier, safer pet you will have.  And, for each owner who doesn’t properly train their dog to prepare it for life with us humans and our rules, there are many parents out there that don’t raise their kids anymore. They just give birth and let them run without any tools for living.

Affording your dog the opportunity of an education will create a lot less stress in your life and your dog’s as well. Everyone appreciates a well mannered, well trained dog – just as they do well mannered kids.

Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog as you are with the teacher of your children. And remember,  “Opportunity Barks!”    [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]

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4 replies
  1. Jim Burwell
    Jim Burwell says:

    Hi Donna. Thanks for stopping by. Giving a dog a good sense of security and knowledge of where it fits in the family is very much like raising a child.
    Consistency, understanding what is the behavior you want from them, setting rules and boundaries. All of this gives a dog a strong sense of security. I would encourage you
    to go read about my Ground Rules for Great Dogs on our product page. No matter what the behavior is with any dog, it all starts with the relationship with you.

    You can find that here:

  2. Donna Garner
    Donna Garner says:

    My husband was out of town on business. He was at a customer sight and a lab puppy was very shaken beneath the desk of the customer. My husband inquired about the behavior and the woman said that Lucy showed up at their office a few weeks earlier with a rope around her neck. She had apparently chewed through it. This was 2 years ago and she is still very skittish, especially around men and loud noises. She is fine with myself and my daughter, but I would like to have the lab that I know is within her. She still barks at the man who gave her the winning lottery ticket. Any suggestions?

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