What are some good ways to train your dog? Or is there a need to train your dog at all?
One way of training is to take your dog to a professional trainer. It is very important that you obtain some good references on the trainer. It’s also important that your dog relates well to that type of training.
Another good way of training your dog is to do the training yourself. This is certainly a cheaper path. There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t undertake this training as long as you are willing to commit the time and consistent effort to this endeavor.
I feel that good dog training is critical for your dog. It keeps your dog’s mind sharp. It also builds a close relationship between the owner and the dog.
But do you know how many dog owners who provide absolutely no training for their dog? Unfortunately it is a very high percentage.
I read an interesting article in Dogster.com regarding good ways to train your dog. It is entitled, “Dog Training Is Important: Why We Created Train Your Dog Month.”
Here is quote from the article:
The new year is a good time to revisit what we do and how we do things as dog owners, and that certainly includes obedience training. Accordingly, January is National Train Your Dog Month. This is the first in a series of posts from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which created the annual month of observance in 2010.
Did you know that only 4 percent of dogs receive obedience training, and that only 2 percent of dog-owning households visit trained professionals for their dogs’ behavior problems?
According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, there are 46.3 million dog-owning households in the U.S., which means approximately 44.5 million dogs never go to classes. Even more incredible, a recent study found that approximately 5 percent of puppies attend socialization classes. Socialization is critical for puppies in order to help them cope with the world as they grow into adults, and increased socialization of puppies means more behaviorally healthy dogs and fewer dogs potentially brought to shelters.
You can read the entire article here.
What do you think about this article? Do you have your dog trained, either by you or a professional? What do you do? What are some good ways to train your dog?