6 Top Reasons Why Our Dogs Need Training

Enjoying Good Manners: Dog ownership is a wonderful responsibility, but having a well-behaved dog doesn't just happen by accident; it requires training—ours and theirs.
Avoiding Behavioral Problems: Dogs aren't furry people. Dogs are animals. That doesn't make them any less than a person, but it makes them VERY different. Unless someone teaches us how a dog navigates the world, we are not going to figure it out by accident; it's not intuitive at all and not like raising children either.
It's Cute ... Until It Isn't: Things that seem cute with a puppy can be real problems with a grown dog; i.e. nipping on our hands. You should always ask yourfself if it would still be cute if a 150lb mastiff did it. If the answer is 'no', it needs to be addressed, no matter how small a dog is.
Having a Great Relationship: Having a dog is not like owning a car. It's a relationship with a living being and for any relationship to work, both parties need to have their needs fulfilled. And while a dog doesn't have the option of walking out on us, we will enjoy a much better relationship and deeper bond if we understand what our dog needs to be happy—they give us so much. Let's give something back.
Avoiding Health and Legal Problems: Training can also avoid health issues and save money. Some of the most common dog problems are separation anxiety and aggression. Understanding and avoiding them with proper training, can spare our dogs a lot of suffering and us medical and even legal expenses.
Having a Better Social Life: Having friends over or going out to a restaurant should be fun with your dog. If it isn't, it's certainly time for training. The same goes for the daily walk with our furry buddy. If that isn't enjoyable, than you should get help.
If Your Dog Could Talk
If Your Dog Could Talk is a "straight-forward" guide to understanding your dog.
If you ever wonder what your dog is thinking, this book is for you. Dive inside your dog's mind and read in plain English how your dog sees the world and you—its pack.
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Understand how dogs learn, how their minds function and the foundation of all dog training and behavior modification.
If Your Dog Could Talk helps you understand your dog like never before!
Ralf Weber is a certified dog trainer (IACP CDT, CDTA) and behaviorist. A professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and an AKC evaluator for Puppy S.T.A.R., Canine Good Citizen, and Community Canine certifications.
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