A confident dog is a happy dog. Dog training and socialization will help increase confidence. Dogs don’t know instinctively how we want them to behave. They don’t naturally have good manners. Just like children, we must teach them.
Unfortunately, hundreds of dogs are surrendered, abandoned, or euthanized every year because of undesirable behaviors like:
- Lack of discipline
- They are not well mannered
- Poorly trained or not trained at all
- They are aggressive
- They bark excessively
- They are not housebroken
Dogs are smart. They can understand a lot more than you may realize. They learn words, commands, and gestures, so they can usually figure out what you want from them. The more bonded you are to your dog, the easier training will usually be. It takes time, tenacity, and a whole lot of patience, but it is so worth it when you look into the soulful eyes of your happy, confident pup.
When Should I Start Training My Puppy?
Training your dog should start on day one. Even young puppies can learn to sit when you put the leash on them to go outside or wait for you to command them to come with you. Leash training and the simple commands “sit,” “stay,” and “come” are part of the basic training that even an 8 to 10-week-old puppy can grasp. However, you must remember that they are a baby. Patience and love should be at the core of every training session. Puppy attention spans are short, though, so keep the training sessions very brief and give lots of love and pets as rewards.
Obedience Training for Your Dog
Dogs of all ages can benefit from dog training. Even basic obedience can help a dog be better mannered and easier to manage. As a responsible pet owner, training your puppy or dog is one of the most loving things you can do for them. It will help keep them safe and help prevent altercations with other dogs and humans.
There are many different types of dog training, from basic to advanced. You should at least begin with basic, but your dog may benefit from some other obedience classes too. Your dog trainer at the obedience class can recommend classes based on your dog, your needs, and the situations you will encounter together. Having a professional dog trainer working with both you and your dog will help you bond more. It also lets you address issues you or your dog may have that could cause problems down the road. Training is an investment in your dog’s health and happiness as well as your peace of mind.
Socializing Your Dog
Socialization is typically considered to be separate from training. The truth is that socialization is a vital part of training your dog. Good social skills are so important for your dog because they are more comfortable, well-adjusted, and relaxed in their world. They understand what you expect of them regarding behavior. It begins by exposing your dog to new people, children, and animals. It means handling your puppy gently and exposing them to new situations in controlled settings like play dates and doggy daycare. That way, they will be less fearful, more confident, and a lot happier.
Fear can be the root of many behavioral problems, including aggression. Training, socialization, and programs like Fear Free help dogs become more confident and less anxious. When your dog is no longer driven by fear they are better companions. When you take the time to address fear and anxiety in your dog, you improve their emotional and physical well-being.
Happy Pups are Trained and Socialized
Your dog depends on you for everything from food to a warm bed to their very security. Everything you do impacts them. The way you set up your home, the way you interact with other animals and humans, and how you interact with your dog all work to shape them in their behavior and how they experience the world.
Take the time to lovingly and patiently train your dog and expose them to social situations will help them bond to you and teach them confidence, so they don’t have fear or anxiety hindering them. It isn’t easy. It can be frustrating. But, it is an activity that will enrich your life as much as it does your dog’s.
Be consistent, be firm but gentle and loving, offer plenty of rewards like pets and praise. Those are the things that will ensure your dog has their best chance to live their best life with you.
At Central Pet doggy daycare and dog training, we are committed to helping you keep your dog healthy and happy. Our obedience and training classes will teach your dog the basics and beyond, while our doggy daycare provides a safe, fun environment for socializing with other friendly dogs. Call today to learn more about our services and discover how happy and confident your dog can be.