We all know that dog. The one who tramples over every guest who enters the home, barking and jumping excitedly. The one who repeatedly destroys shoes, socks, children’s toys, furniture, and anything else they can get their paws and mouths on. The one who, although an adult, has not mastered the art of eliminating outside and continues to soil the living room carpet.
At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we believe that dog training is absolutely essential for the happiness and safety of your pet. Ethical, humane, and responsible dog training also paves the way for a lifetime of fun and friendship between you and your dog.
Part of the Pack
Dogs are pack animals by nature and training can help your dog integrate into the human pack they live with. Obedience training supports your dog in becoming a well-adjusted member of your pack, and helps them to live harmoniously with the people, places, and animals that exist outside your home as well.
A Trained Dog Is a Safer Dog
Life in an urban environment presents plenty of perils to any animal, and pet dogs are not excluded. Cars, busses, people, and animals are always present on our busy city streets, and a dog who is easily managed and responds appropriately to commands is better able to navigate the environment safely.
Dog Training Tips
In honor of National Dog Training Month, we’d like to offer these easy-to-follow dog training tips:
- Start young – Start training your pet as young as possible for best results. It’s important to remember, however, no dog is too old to benefit from obedience training and socialization. Older dogs CAN learn new tricks!
- Use positive reinforcement – Positive reinforcement training has been shown to be much more effective than traditional punishment-based methods. Praise and reward your dog for doing what you’ve asked them to do, rather than punishing for behaviors you don’t want to see.
- Be consistent – Set a time every day to practice your dog’s new skills and stick to it. Dogs thrive on routine and knowing what to expect, so your daily consistency in all areas of training is critical for their success.
- Have patience – Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our dogs are animals and not small humans. Dog training can be frustrating at times, but keep in mind that your dog is not plotting against you; they’re only doing what makes them feel safe and comfortable at the time. Stay positive and upbeat, and don’t give up!
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the staff at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital with your questions or concerns regarding your sweet pet!