Every dog needs to be taught what is acceptable behavior and what is unacceptable behavior. If your dog hasn’t been given any instructions, training or boundaries he cannot know what is expected of him. By teaching your dog how you want him to behave, you will strengthen your leadership role and have a happier and healthy relationship with your dog.
A Trained Dog:
- Allows you to handle every part of his body, to check for injury or illness and to give him medication.
- Has good manners, so he can spend time with you and not have to be put away when company comes over.
- Wants to stay near you, listening for instructions (and praise). This means he’ll have less opportunity to stray into danger.
- Will walk or run beside you on a leash without pulling, dragging or strangling, so exercise is enjoyable for both of you.
- Knows that “drop it” and “leave it” are not up for discussion. This will give you more control over what he eats. It can also help dogs who like to roll in disgusting things.
- Will “sit” immediately, simply because you say so. This will give you control to keep him safe when danger is around.
- Understands his boundaries, knows what’s expected of him and has fewer anxieties.
By training your dog, you can help prevent tragedy and develop a better relationship with him.