Dogs can be amazing pets and companions, regardless of what breed they are. But, without training, they can become stressful and problematic. In the worst-case scenario, they can become aggressive and dominant. Obedience training is a necessary part of dog ownership, and it's even more important when you have a large dog. Let's take a look at five good reasons to train your canine friend.
A big reason you should train your dog is for their safety, your own safety, and the safety of others. An untrained dog is at risk for a number of dangerous situations. If you take your dog outside and it somehow escapes the leash, it could run into traffic, attack someone, or start a fight with another dog. A dog that isn't trained to behave while on a leash might also pull you into a dangerous situation with another dog or into traffic if you're walking along a street. If your dog doesn't respond to commands, it might jump on someone and hurt them, which could make you liable. An untrained dog may also think that it is the dominant one in the household, which can create problems for everyone in it.
Another reason to train your dog is that it provides proper socialization. Exposing your dog to other people and other animals as part of their training regimen gives it the chance to learn manners and how to behave. Dogs are generally very sociable animals, but they must be taught how to behave and cope in these situations. Some dogs, like some humans, have innate difficulties with socialization, and training can help them overcome these difficulties. It will also give you the opportunity to notice what kind of situations make your dog stressed, and then you can choose whether to help the dog cope with it or simply avoid such situations in the future.
3. Avoid Bad Behavior
A dog's bad behavior can lead to the safety issues mentioned earlier, but it can also make living with a dog frustrating and annoying if the dog is always acting up. Common bad behaviors include excessive barking, jumping on people, and biting, among others. Training your dog builds effective communication between the dog and the humans living around it. Just punishing a dog for bad or negative behaviors doesn't help them learn. Instead, training the dog leads to the dog understanding what behaviors will lead to positive reinforcement. In other words, the best way to avoid bad behavior is to help your dog learn good behavior.
4. Build a Good Relationship
Training your dog builds a positive relationship between you and your dog. Your dog will learn to look up to you for guidance and instruction on what to do in certain situations. Your dog will also learn to trust you. As training can require many hours and days of working with your dog, a good relationship will build naturally as you progress through training.
5. For Fun
The other reason you should train your dog is simply for fun! A well-trained dog that learns to communicate with you and trust you will be fun to train in other areas. Obedience training is only the start of what a dog can learn. Training develops your dog's intelligence, focus and interest, which allows you to train them to do fun things like play soccer, fetch, or maybe even skateboard.
A well-trained dog is generally happier and less stressed than its untrained fellows. Dogs like to know where they stand within their pack, and not knowing this makes them unhappy and frustrated. Keep your dog safe and healthy by giving them obedience training from a young age.