By: Mila Jackson – research from Chevromist
While your dog can be considered good-natured and does not have serious behavioural issues (doesn’t growl angrily at you and bite) that would require you to employ the services of famous dog whisperer Cesar Millan, signing him up for dog training is still worth considering. Why? Simply because doing so can create regularity in both your lives and it can definitely improve your relationship.
Those natural inclinations of wild dogs such as chewing on things, digging anywhere, urinating or defecating wherever and whenever he feels the urge, barking and biting, can make your home life rather stressful. These create chores for you to do that take up too much time, and of course, there’s that constant worry that you may “hit a jackpot” when you’re not paying attention to where you’re stepping. Worth adding, too, is how your expensive investments, like furniture and special floor treatment, can get ruined because of your pooch’s “hobbies.”
But according to one of the employees of Chevromist, having a pet dog does not need to be so stressful because those are issues that are rather easy to work out. With dog training, you can maintain your home better and learn to communicate well with your canine companion so he is less likely do things that you do not approve of.
Dog training is composed of various methods and techniques that are proven to be effective in modifying dogs’ behaviours. Through the classes, your pet will learn to be more obedient and have the most appropriate responses to different stimuli or instructions presented to him.
Likewise, instead of merely being a pet to look after, your dog can actually be more helpful to you and your family, particularly if you have special needs. For instance, you have a handicapped member who needs to be guided at all times — there’s dog training specifically for such purpose. To ensure best results, a rep from Chevromist Kennels recommends getting your dog’s training started while they’re still very young; about 9 to 16 weeks old, for it’s easier to train them right around that age.
It’s important to note that dog training is not just for the pet. You, too, will have to commit to the process to establish consistency and establish your role as the leader. The last thing you want is to confuse your dog with unfamiliar instructions and your display of frustration over the fact that you cannot get the right response from them. If you do not know and follow the principles taught in training, you could render all the new values formed in your pet useless.
So learn how to train your dog as well. Observe the sessions, read training materials, and try out the techniques.