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Dog Training - The Benefits Of Training

From Gerry Peterson

Friday 22 February 2008

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Why go to all the trouble of training your dog?

After all, it’s really worth it is it?

Yes, Yes, YES.

The Benefits of Training – and there are many!

If you are like most people, you are extremely busy. Some days, there just doesn’t seem like enough hours to take care of yourself, let alone a dog!

But, the time that you spend training your dog will reward you and your relationship for many, many years to come.

There are five main benefits of training:

We will cover 3 of them in this article now.
  • 1. It builds a relationship.

  • 2. It corrects behavioral problems.

  • 3. It stimulates intellect.

Let’s explore each benefit in further detail.

1. Training Builds a Relationship.

There is no better way to create a bond with your dog than through the process of training. You may think that training begins at the time you decide to try new tricks, but it actually begins at the very moment you acquire your dog.

Yes that's right, from the minute you pick up that gorgeous new puppy!

Your dog is constantly watching you and learning from your actions. He learns from the way you react to his actions. He looks to you for guidance, for food, for warmth, for comfort, and for playtime.

So how do you build a healthy relationship with your dog?

It depends on one essential element: mutual trust.

Without trust, there will always be an element of uncertainty.

When you and your dog are confident in each other, you allow each other to grow. For instance, the more that you can trust your dog to follow your commands, the more likely you are to teach him more and more commands.

The training exercises with your dog should not only be performed often, but they should also be consistent. That means if you teach the “stay” command one particular way, you should always practice it the same way. Using different “stay” commands will only confuse your dog and could even encourage distrust in your relationship.

An interesting thing to point about training is, is that you are not only training your dog, but your dog is training you too! This is important to remember. He is training you how to react to his behaviors.

And, he is training you how to be patient!

2. Training Corrects Behavioral Problems.

Barking at anyone who passes by the front window, chewing up your favorite pillows, digging through your freshly planted garden, bolting out of an open door, peeing in side, …do any of these actions sound familiar to you?

Unfortunately they will be many people who will know all too well what I am talking about.

The second main benefit to training is that it can correct those pesky behavioral problems that your dog can’t seem to give up. For him, these behaviors are ways to release frustration, break boredom, or even provide entertainment!

When you have developed a trusting bond with your dog, you can teach him how to correct these behavioral problems. He will learn by your reactions whether or not his actions are acceptable to you.

No doubt, he will test his limits!

Just like our children do (in fact my darling 12 year old daughter is doing this very thing right now)!

The process of training gives you the appropriate platform to correct his annoying and even destructive behavior. If training is not a part of your dog’s life, you can expect the behavioral problems to continue.

3. Training Stimulates Intellect.

Yes, it is true that dogs are very curious creatures. With exposure to so many unusual smells, sights, and sounds, dogs can’t help but want to explore. It’s in their nature!

Most dogs have the capacity to be very intelligent. But, they need to be stimulated first, and then they will be motivated to learn. Training is a huge benefit for stimulating your dog’s intellect.

Just think about it from your dog’s perspective. The opportunity to spend time with his owner, learn new tricks, and receive treats! Who wouldn’t want to learn with such yummy rewards at stake?

When you take the time to train your dog, you are giving him a wonderful opportunity to not only pique his curiosity, but to expand his capacity to learn, and to increase his knowledge about his livelihood.

The more you train your dog, the more you will be surprised by his amazing intellect. Just see for yourself!

That’s the end of the article and I hope you found it useful..

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Best regards,

Gerry Peterson
Dedicated to helping you have a happy & well trained dog.