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Many consider dogs to be part of the family, and as such, their health and well-being are important to them.

One of the most important gifts that any owner can give his dog is specialized training. There are a variety of reasons why dogs need training, but the benefits do not stop with the dogs themselves. There are immense benefits to the owners as well.

With proper education, dogs will have less chances of being sent to shelters because of bad behavior, and it will spare owners from a lot of pain and headache in the future. Teaching them is an investment that will pay immediate dividends as it will affect the lives of every member of the family in wonderfully positive ways.

5 Important Reasons Why Dog Training Is A Must

Nothing is more frustrating than a dog that doesn’t follow basic instructions, including simple commands such as sit, stay, stop, come, quiet, and no. An obedient dog is a manageable one. Dog training will help keep him from many behavioral issues that arise from miscommunication between your expectations and his interpretation of your commands.

Visitors will be able to pet them and even play with them knowing that they are trained to obey your word at all times.

When taking him out for a walk or going to the park, it will give you peace of mind that your dog can behave around other people as well as other animals. With obedience training, any destructive behavior can be immediately put to a stop with a command or two.

Speaking of going to parks, there are various ways that dogs can get into dangerous situations.

A dog who knows and understands his boundaries when out in public won’t unnecessarily wander off and disappear when your eye isn’t on them. Moreover, a dog that doesn’t automatically see the danger ahead of him can be prevented from harm when a command is called out.

Imagine trying to tell them to “stop,” “go,” or “wait” and seeing them follow as soon as they hear you. When faced with a dangerous situation, dog training can and will save the life of your dog.

There is nothing more rewarding to any family than a harmonious household.

Miscommunication is one of the most common problems in relationships and it is also an issue in a family’s relationship with their dog. 

Dog training will give you the tools that you need to understand what he is communicating to you.

When you understand the non-verbal cues and unique signals that he is sending out, both of you will be happy knowing that you can express yourselves and get the response you want.

With obedience training, you have more quality time with your dog because you aren’t spending most of your time together trying to figure out what each of you wants. When a dog has mastered your commands, he is happy knowing that he is able to do what you want him to do.

According to research, most dogs find greater satisfaction with their treats when these are given to them as a reward they have earned. That’s a very positive feeling that reinforces your value to them.

A dog believes that it’s his responsibility to learn and obey your commands. He feels fulfilled and satisfied when he can solve a problem such as learning commands from his owner.

Your dog will learn the commands being taught to him eventually because they want to. It’s only a matter of time. Once they do, and they are constantly and consistently being rewarded for their obedience, they will have a happier life and so will you.

Get those treats ready and flowing!

Though it may not seem that visible to you, your dog experiences anxiety and stress whenever he disappoints you. He knows when he has failed and he is sometimes unsure how or why he failed.

He wants to succeed and wants to see you happy, but when you are unhappy with him, he can exhibit destructive behavior as a result of this.

When he masters the basic commands and is able to show good manners around you and others, including guests, it removes a dog’s anxiety and stress, thus, making him healthier and less susceptible to getting sick.

Dog training will set him up for success in managing his home environment and prevent him from being stressed from coping with a new one when you bring him elsewhere. When your dog knows what is expected of him, it is easier for him to succeed and he knows it.

Moreover, your dog will be able to socialize with other people and dogs within your approved behavioral expectations when he knows what they are. 

Emotional stability is vitally important to humans and it is just as necessary for dogs to live healthy and happy lives when anxiety and stress are kept far from them.

5 Things Every Dog Owner Should Know

Many people want to own a pet. Dogs, in particular, are a popular choice for those who want to enrich their lives with a pet to take care of.

To be a dog owner, however, you have to be aware of certain responsibilities that come with the privilege of having a loyal companion. Sure, there’s going to be a lot of fun times ahead of you, but having a dog’s life thrust upon you is not an easy adjustment.

Knowing what to expect from being a dog owner should prepare you for the exciting life ahead of you and your pet.

There are countless do’s and don’ts that every dog owner should know but these are some of the most important ones that every dog owner must know:

If you manage to get a puppy, you have to know that they are as curious as any human toddler can be, and they will go around to discover their new environment.

Remove any wires (especially live ones), socks and shoes, pieces of paper, tissue, marbles, or rat poison (and the like) that they might nibble on and swallow.

Keep them away from areas where they might fall or accidentally trip over something dangerous to them. Build a small fence around the area or block these from your puppy’s path with something they can’t push or go around.

Extra precautions are necessary to keep puppies safe from harm’s way.

Unlike us humans who have lots of ways to keep us busy and entertain ourselves, dogs really don’t have a lot of things to do at home. Unless they are purposely given tasks to do or things to play with, they will find something to pass the time at home.

Sadly, many dogs are rarely given activities to do and their play is limited only to what is made available to them. Studies have shown that dogs who are not mentally and physically fit will develop some form of behavior problem that dog owners dread. 

Some of these behavior problems may manifest themselves as excessive chewing or barking, separation anxiety, biting and aggression, hyperactivity, and a lack of focus or control. There are more, but you probably understand by now that these can be avoided by dog training.

Regularly stimulating your dog with some exercise or mental activity will help in their overall well-being and help manage their behavior at home and outside. Give them toys and puzzles so they can entertain themselves while you’re away or when you’re watching your favorite TV shows.

Speaking of exercise, taking your dog out for regular walks is a must if you are a dog owner.

Dogs have plenty of energy and they need to release that energy onto something productive. Even if you have a huge backyard, walking around the neighborhood is an activity that will provide them with the mental and physical stimulation that cannot be replaced by another activity.

When you walk with them, they get to socialize with other dogs and meet new people. They will come home refreshed and rejuvenated, but it will also keep their energies lower and they are more likely to be manageable around the house.

Whether they are puppies or adults, dogs should go into training as soon as they enter your lives.

With the proper dog training, they can be more manageable early on and prevent the headaches that come with behavior problems associated with miscommunication between the two of you.

Dog training isn’t a luxury or an option, it’s a must.

Prior to becoming an owner, you have to be determined to teach your dog at the outset. Whether you are going to train him yourself or outsource the training to professionals, it is imperative that you do not neglect this.

Begin with simple commands such as sit or stay, and then progress into more complex commands as they develop obedience.

Using voice commands and gestures are the way to teach them, and not physical discipline. They could prove to be even more difficult to train when presented with a negative stimulus such as hitting them anywhere in the body.

Be patient with them and they will soon adhere to the behavioral standards that you expect from them.

Good grooming, proper hygiene, and eating healthy are not only beneficial to humans, they are essential to your dog’s well-being, too.

There are certain kinds of food that a puppy can and should eat at that stage in his life. Once he becomes an adult, the diet also changes (just as with humans) to fit their needs at this particular life stage. 

Give them a variety of healthy food choices and don’t just buy what is affordable. Make sure to always give them easy access to water.

Pay a visit to a veterinarian as often as possible to give them the vaccination and vitamins that they need. Their advice should be heeded and any take home instructions followed through to the letter.

As mentioned earlier, taking the dog out for a walk is another priority that will give them the exercise that they need.

Remember the saying, “An ounce of precaution is worth a pound of cure?” This holds true for your dogs as much as they are true for you and your family members.

A healthy dog is a happy dog, and a happy dog gives both joy and fulfillment to you as a dog owner.

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