January is National Dog Training Month
As humans, we are social beings and have relationships with others. Society has certain standards on how we behave. We have the same standards for our dogs and hence the reason training can make a difference in our communities. Positive interactions for both of us are reflected in how we present ourselves with friends, family, and strangers.
Humans and dogs find ourselves regularly in situations where there is an appropriate way that we are expected to act. These actions can range from simply being polite with friends and strangers to showing our skills and talents.
As a responsible dog owner training ensures our dogs are good social citizens and are comfortable in a variety of situations. Training provides mental and physical stimulation which helps to keep your dog happy and balanced.
As a responsible dog owner, training will also prevent dogs from being surrendered to shelters due to behavioral issues. Making the investment into obedience training can help you be proud of your pet for life.
The following reasons to train your dog are generally accepted across a variety of trainers and animal behaviorists:
- Relationship of mutual trust and respect
At Muttz with Mannerz™ our philosophy is that a strong relationship between you and your dog is built through consistent ongoing training. Positive reinforcement training uses rewards and motivates a dog for good behavior.
- Good Manners
Teaching your dog basic good manners will ensure that they can live comfortably with their humans in a home environment and out in the community. Training provides mental development and physical exercise. Teaching your dog obedience can help prevent behaviors that can be destructive like excessive barking and chewing, plus a dog that understands what to do and expect is less likely to develop anxiety.
- Enjoyment of social interactions
Training builds the dog’s confidence to deal with situations. Training is required to ensure your dog learns early how to behave in different situations. Consistency is the key to success.
- Builds Communication
Training your dog builds communication with you and encourages security and comfort in your dog. The more time you devote working and playing the more you will avoid problem behaviors that come from lack of understanding.
- Loyal Happy Bond
All of the above are key to ensuring a loyal and happy bond with your dog that will give you a loving companion for life.
An important step before you start to explore the various ways that you can train and work with your dog is finding the right trainer.
Whether you want your dog to simply be a well-behaved member of your family or you want to work with them to learn a wide range of tricks and skills Muttz with Mannerz™ offers a full range of classes and social groups to help you and your dog have a strong and respectful relationship.