You have a new furbaby – now what?
The ideal situation is to raise an independent, well-behaved, lifelong companion. Just like raising a child, teaching manners and obedience is one of the most important aspects of raising a dog, regardless of how old they are when you add them to your family.
Training opens a line of communication between you and your dog and will make our relationship stronger and happier. A well-trained dog is a happier dog because a well trained dog has fewer restrictions. The better trained and well behaved the dog, the more freedom they are given. Many stores and businesses will allow a puppy or a dog that will heel nicely by your side, or will do a sit-stay or down-stay without hesitation. And when company arrives in your home, there’s no need to banish a well-behaved dog to another room for fear that they will be a nuisance. Moreover, because a well-mannered, obedience-trained dog is both appreciated and welcome, they receive more attention and interaction from family members, visitors, and passers-by, than does the ill-mannered dog. A well-behaved, obedience-trained dog is a pleasure to own because they can go virtually anywhere without being a risk or nuisance to others.
We all want a furbaby who exhibits appropriate behavior in a crowd, good manners when we have guests in our home, is reliable around children, and who doesn’t threaten other dogs or passers-by. Obedience exercises not only teach good manners, but also increases relaxation in uncomfortable situations. Dogs are social animals. Without proper training, they will behave like animals: soil your house, destroy your belongings, bark excessively, dig holes in your yard, fight other dogs or even bite. Nearly all behavior problems are perfectly normal canine activities that occur at the wrong time or place or are directed at the wrong thing. For example, dogs will eliminate on the carpet instead of outside; dogs will bark all night long instead of just when a stranger is prowling around outside; or dogs will chew furniture instead of his own toys. The key to preventing or treating behavior problems is to teach your dog to redirect his natural behavior to outlets that are acceptable in your home. Make sure that you are consistent with training and reward good behavior. Work diligently to create good behavior and correct bad manners now. In the long run it will pay off and be worth the time and effort put into training. At 417 Pet Sitting, we are big proponents of training and consistency, it is truly the key to a happy, lasting relationship with your furbaby!