Have you ever wondered how dogs became man’s best friend? It’s because canines are social animals that live in packs. They have a hierarchy and look to their leaders for guidance on how to behave. Domesticated dogs trust their owners to provide the same direction. This means it’s up to you to train your pooch in proper social behaviors when interacting with people and other dogs. Here’s a look at what obedience training can do for your puppy.
Teach Acceptable Social Behaviors
When you get a new puppy, you want to show him off to guests who come over. The last thing you want to do is lock up your pup in the bedroom, but if his behavior is unacceptable, you may feel you have no other choice.
Obedience training helps curb jumping, nipping, barking and other undesired behaviors. With a little time and patience, you can reverse behavioral problems, so your friends and family grow to love your puppy as much as you do!
Your dog must be well behaved if you plan to take him to dog parks, canine-friendly businesses, campgrounds and other public places where people and dogs are present. That’s why self-control is a significant part of obedience training. It helps your dog resist the urge to act unbecomingly and can even curb potentially aggressive temperaments that could lead to an attack of a child or another animal.
Keep Your Dog Safe
Even a well-trained canine can bolt if he gets scared or sees something he really wants to chase. A dog that will “wait” when you open the front door, “sit” on command and “come” when called is more likely to avoid injury and not run away compared to an untrained dog.
Create a Bond with Your Puppy
You adopted a dog because you wanted a faithful companion, not a barking, jumping, chewing machine. Every time your dog acts out, you get upset, which drives a wedge between the two of you.
Obedience training builds trust and mutual respect as you teach your dog good manners. Your pet becomes more relaxed at home and confident in social situations, which in turn makes you a happier pet owner.
Provide Mental Stimulation
Most dogs get bored easily, especially as puppies. This can lead to destructive behaviors, such as chewing up your favorite slippers and barking constantly. Obedience training sessions provide an excellent outlet. The mental stimulation of learning new commands, earning treats and having quality alone time with you goes a long way toward raising a happy, well-balanced pup.
Sign Up Your Puppy for Obedience Training
Advanced Animal Care of Colorado offers reward-based obedience training in Fort Collins. Our program creates happy dogs, happy people, and a strong and healthy relationship between owners and pets. Please contact us at 970-812-1461 today to sign up your puppy for behavior classes. Eligible dogs must be at least eight weeks old and up-to-date on their vaccinations.