And when company arrives
in your home, there's no need to banish a well-behaved
dog to another room for fear that he will be a royal
nuisance. Moreover, because a well-mannered, obedience-trained
dog is both appreciated and welcome, he receives more
attention and interaction from family members, visitors,
and passers-by, than does the ill-mannered dog.
You As Your Dog's Leader
Training serves to strengthen the bond
between a dog and his owner. It builds communication,
understanding, and mutual respect, and subtly but effectively
demonstrates to your dog that you're the leader of the
pack (commonly referred to as the "Alpha").
And if your dog doesn't respect you as his leader, you
may both be in big trouble, particularly if he's a bit
rowdy or dominant by nature.
Training May Save Your Dog's
Obedience training also gives the dog
owner the voice control necessary to prevent numerous
potential tragedies. For instance, should a dog slips
out of his collar in the middle of a congested traffic
intersection, he can be safely heeled across the street,
then given a sit command to facilitate putting his collar
back on. Or should someone accidentally leave the front
door open, and you spot your dog leaving, he can be
safely called back to you using the recall command.
Not only will obedience training help
your dog to become more responsive, but because it enables
you to have immediate control over your dog's behavior,
in an emergency situation obedience training may save
your dog's life. In fact, it can ultimately save the
lives of many dogs, because far fewer dogs would end
up in animal shelters if their owners would simply take
the time to train them.
And for those dogs who do need homes,
a trained dog is far easier to adopt out to a new home
than an untrained one.
Statistics also show that puppies which
receive early socialization, obedience, and temperament
training (aggression prevention training) are far less
likely to end up being destroyed by the time they turn
three years of age than those that do not receive this
The Consequences Of An Untrained
Without proper training, many dogs
are likely to misbehave. And when owners allow their
dogs to misbehave, everyone suffers: The owner, because
he or she lives with a dog, the dog, because everyone's
down on him for misbehaving; the dog's owner's neighbors,
because living next to a difficult dog is no one's idea
of fun; and ultimately every dog owner, because each
incidence where a dog creates a nuisance increases anti-dog
sentiment, and contributes to the likelihood that tough
legal restrictions will be placed on all dogs.
Obedience Training Benefits
A well-behaved, obedience trained dog
is a pleasure to own because he can go virtually anywhere
without being a risk or nuisance to others. And don't
we all want a dog 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?
The bottom line is that dog obedience
training truly benefits everyone.