Pets bring us joy, company, and a sense of contentment. But, when your dog continually disobeys or displays behavioral issues, dealing with him/her can be a constant source of stress for both the owner and the pet. Making sure your dog is properly trained is the responsibility of every good dog owner—not just for the dog’s welfare, but also for your own peace of mind as well. No matter the dog’s age, breed, or temperament, every dog will surely benefit from little directions and instructions here and there. Here are five reasons to consider training your dog.
1. Training benefits both dog and owner
When it comes to training, your dog isn’t the only one reaping the rewards. Spending time to train regularly with your dog helps you to understand his/her needs better, making you a better owner than you already are! This can also prove to be a good source of exercise and open up new possibilities for you—the better behaved your dog is, the easier it is to get him/her to accompany you wherever you wish.
2. For their own safety
The better you control your dog with voice commands, the better you can protect your pet when left unattended or unrestrained. A dog that bolts away when taken off the leash is much more likely to run in front of a car or to slip out of doors. Also, being well-trained increases the likelihood she will behave well when the need arises to be left under the care of another family.
3. It teaches your pet life skills
When you properly train your dog, you’re giving it the skills it needs to live peacefully among humans and other animals. It helps your dog to be more sociable. As your pet learns to listen to commands, respect boundaries, and behave well in social situations, other dogs (and humans as well) will tend to be more at ease and friendly with it. As a result, social interactions will be positive experiences for your dog, making him/her more relaxed, flexible, and sociable.
4. Relief from stress
Well-trained dogs can blend well with other pets and humans and are generally relaxed and untroubled. On the other hand, if your dog hasn’t been trained properly, it could be either be scared or aggressive or, hyper and overexcited. In either case, very difficult for you to manage, causing both of you to be stressed and drained, which is a situation you definitely want to avoid.
5. Better relation between the pet and the owner
Obedience training is so much more than just teaching your dog to follow your commands. It can also help you to get a better perspective of your dog’s needs and wants. From behaviors to barking styles, every small thing could be a sign of something deeper which, if understood by you, could help develop a better bond between you and your dog.