Puppy obedience training – what is it and what are its benefits?
While there are some people that know how to take care of their pups, most of us don’t. We buy dogs that have beautiful eyes and faces, and afterward, we feel overwhelmed by the experience of training them. Some of us even call it quits when we see that we cannot tame our “wild beasts” and need to give the pups away.
Fortunately, for inexperienced dog owners, there are some specialized puppy obedience training courses that can be done by specialists. And now that school year is nearly here, it is the perfect time to take Spike to some of these courses.
What is puppy obedience training?
Obedience training helps your pup learn what his role is in your family and also in the world that he lives in. It will teach him how to interact with people inside his household and with other dogs living in their neighborhood.
While commands like “sit”, “stay” or “fetch” might be easy to teach, some behavior problems will need a specialist to help you combat them. Especially, when you’re new to owning a dog.
For example, we’re sure you’ll want to teach your pup to stop whining when you tell him to stay in his crate or when you leave him alone in the house. Other dog owners will need to teach their four-legged friend to not bite non-food items, like chairs, shoes and electric cables. And the list of examples can continue.
For all these behavior discrepancies, you can take Spike to an obedience trainer, who will come in handy explaining and showing you what needs to be done, in order to solve the problems that your pup has. Here is a list of benefits this type of training will bring:
- You have a closer bond with your pup – studies have shown that owners with behaviorally sound dogs have stronger bonds with their pets
- Easy management – obedience schools will teach your pup critical commands that will make him more manageable, like sit, walk, drop, stay, guard and many others
- Socialization – Spike will no longer want to tear apart every dog that comes in the area that he’s playing in, and he’ll accept their presence
- Pet ownership – owning a pup will no longer take lots of time and energy, resources that are quite limited for a person
- Safety – you’ll no longer need to worry about leaving your house with Spike on a leash. He’ll not pull on the leash, he’ll listen to your command, he’ll not fight other dogs and, probably the most important aspect, he’ll not bite or growl at other people or kids
Behavior training is essential if you want to have a healthy relationship with your pup. If you cannot provide it yourself then try taking your four-legged friend to a specialist, who will help you.