Dog Training Is Good for Everyone
For centuries, as long as dogs were “outside animals,” behavioral problems were for the most part nonexistent. As we began to domesticate dogs and require them to live with us in our homes, the differences in human lifestyles and canine pack activities became more acutely visible.
Domestication: When and Why?
Dogs have been domesticated for at least 11,000 years. Over the centuries, the human-canine bond has provided us “man’s best friend,” an ever-widening variety of food-producing, transport and companion animals that have also helped humans deal with environmental changes and stresses in life.
Instinctively, a Dog Can Be a Pest
Dogs have many hard-wired behaviors that conflict with human values. For example, dogs run, chase, climb, bite, chew, smell, scratch, pee, poop, jump, bark and dig. Inside a home, these things can be a real nuisance, an embarrassment — and costly, too.
Then, of course, dogs sniff butt and muzzle as a means of introduction. This can make even the most blasé visitors uncomfortable.
Compared to we humans, dogs are vertically challenged. They can’t look us eye to eye. This causes jumping “problems.” And with delicate grandmothers or little children (and even the biggest guests), this is a major annoyance.
Training Creates a Peaceable Kingdom
For these and countless other reasons, training your dog is a great idea.
Training establishes good communications between you and your dog. Training teaches your dog to listen to you. And, training gives you behaviors like “sit,” “down” or “place” to which you can redirect inappropriate behavior.
Additionally, training helps to reinforce your leadership with your puppy or dog. Training is a strong foundation tool that, when used effectively, can help you better manage your dog’s behavior and assist in setting and reinforcing proper boundaries.
Most important of all, good training helps to give your dog an abiding sense of security. Your dog will begin to understand his or her strong sense of place, and how to please that “other animal” who doles out food, strokes and rewards for good behavior!