Why Invest in Training a Puppy?

Training is important in helping to keep pets safe, and I believe the most important part of any training is clearly communicating to your dog what you want him to do. While many dogs learn how to perform tasks while "on leash" some dogs' responses deteriorate once the leash is removed. The most important task for caregivers, then, is not training for doing tasks on a leash, but training their pets for life in and outside their homes.

Obedience training is one of the most important aspects of raising a dog. In fact, a well trained dog is by far a happier dog! Why? Because a trained dog is safer, happier and requires fewer restrictions. The more reliable the dog, the more freedom he is given. You and your dog's lives will be more pleasant and fulfilling with training.

For example, many stores and businesses that normally won't allow dogs on their premises will make an exception for a puppy or a dog that will heel nicely by his owner's 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 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.

From Obedience Pro's Facebook post on November 14, 2012 - www.obediencepro.com