Dogs are indeed man’s best friend. They have been our companions for a long time now. They look up to us for guidance, and it’s up to us to teach them what they need and deserve via a dog training service. After all, they offer security and companionship unconditionally.
A dog training service can help set your dog’s behavior right, the way you want them to be, and the way they deserve to be. You might be thinking, sure, let’s do it. Before you decide on getting a dog trainer, it’s best to understand first why your dog behaves the way they do.
Reasons Why Dogs Misbehave
Not enough exercise
Dogs are active social animals that need to spend their energy on some form of activity. They need exercise not only as a health issue but also to have positive effects on their behavior as well.
Dogs, especially puppies and younger dogs, have a lot of energy. If not given a chance to burn this energy off, they will find ways to release this energy on their own. These often lead to a lot of misbehaviors, such as chewing on your sofa, digging on your lawn, and excessive barking at night. If they keep on doing this this, you are probably not giving your dog enough exercise.
These kinds of behavior issues lead many people to give up on their dogs, even if they are actually preventable. Just like people, dogs can actually easily burn off their energy during a simple walk around the neighborhood. Other times, your dog might also enjoy a leisurely stroll around a park or in the mall. At the end of the day, what is important is that your dog is tired but happy.
Not enough training
A dog’s training should not stop after they learned how to sit, lie down, and go to the bathroom outside upon command. This is most especially true if they are young, so it is best to train them as early as possible. But this does not mean that the saying: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is true.
Dogs, just like humans, can learn new skills and maintain the ones they previously learned, no matter their age. By introducing new commands and practicing old tricks, you’ll give your dog the mental work-out that he needs to tire him out and make him a good boy.
Tolerating bad behaviors
Shaping a dog’s behavior is in a lot of ways similar to humans. If you want to discourage bad behaviors, the best thing to do is to make sure that he is not given any positive rewards for it. Let’s say that your dog is barking for attention. It’s a bad behavior you want to minimize. But if you yell back at him, you’re just giving him what he wants in the first place: attention from you. This will result in constant barking each time your dog wants your attention.
Fortunately, with a professional dog training service, you will get to identify the reasons why your dog behaves in a negative way. A qualified dog trainer will help you address these issues.
Depending on the dog’s breed, age, and overall health
How much exercise your dog needs depend on his age and breed. Younger dogs generally need a more active lifestyle. Just like humans, dogs also undergo a rebellious adolescent phase (around 5-18 months). During this time, dogs often test the capabilities of their owners to see what that can get away with.
By this time, it’s important to be firm and consistent with your training to establish your authority. Older dogs, on the other hand, can still go for short leisurely walks they used to enjoy.
Breeds also affect how much exercise your dog needs. Active breeds, such as sporting breeds like a Golden Retriever, require a minimum of 30 minutes of hard exercise most days of the week. Passive breeds, such as toy or small breeds like pugs, can get by with enough exercise inside the house.
Benefits of Dog Training Services
Dogs need positive rewards for doing the things you want and expect them to do. By training him, you allow him to develop the skills he needs to follow commands. Enrolling him in a dog training service will allow him to develop good behaviors that can one day even save his life.
Just like humans, dogs need exercise to stay physically and mentally fit. Dog training services offer a structured set of training to keep your dog healthy and well.
To build a strong connection with your dog, training them with positive techniques is an excellent way to build their trust while bonding. It both makes you and your dog happy when both of you understand each other. The more time you spend with your dog, the stronger the bond will be.
Need help racing healthy, obedient, and behaved dogs? Contact Kimberly Gracner, Certified Canine Behavior Counselor and Certified Professional Dog Trainer at 636-352-3104 today to know more about our dog training service. You can also email your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.