Owning a dog is an incredibly rewarding experience – but if your dog isn’t properly trained, you may not be getting as much from them as you could. While a well-trained dog is a joy to be around, a badly trained pup can be frustrating and even potentially dangerous.
We don’t agree with the old saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, however; as specialists in dog training in Surrey, we know that with the right approach, any dog can be taught to behave well.
When you first bring your dog home, the first training you will need to do is practical; house training a puppy so they don’t soil themselves in the home is pretty important for your carpets! You’ll also need to train them to accept being left at home on their own, without destroying the furniture, or else you’ll never be able to go to work.
This kind of training isn’t instant; it’s a process that will take some time and patience, but it’s something that will certainly pay off in the long term.
Dogs are social creatures – but if they’re not trained in the right behaviour, you’ll find life quite difficult. For example, if your dog has picked up aggressive behaviour with other dogs, you’ll never quite be able to relax while you’re walking them, as you’ll have to keep them on a lead and constantly be on the look-out for other dogs, wary of a fight.
In addition, you need to train your dog to behave properly around other people. Some may laugh at the stereotype of the dog chasing the postman down the drive, but it’s no laughing matter for postal workers; according to the communications union, CWU, around 4,000 of their workers are attacked by dogs each year.
Canine behaviour can also affect people indirectly; a dog who barks constantly can be a nightmare for the neighbours, and if this behaviour happens while you’re out of the house you may not even be aware of it.
Again, these issues can all be addressed with the right training; supervised social interaction to get your dog used to other pets, and positive training techniques to reward your pet when they behave appropriately and withdraw rewards when their behaviour is incorrect.
Something that is often overlooked is the importance of the training itself; people are often focussed on the end results, and don’t realise how rewarding the process itself can be.
The time you spend training your dog can help to create emotional bonds between pet and owner, strengthening that special friendship you have with your faithful canine companion.
Training a dog can be difficult and frustrating – especially if you’re taking on a difficult breed, or a rescue dog who hasn’t had a good start in life – but with patience, and the right support, you might just be amazed at what you can achieve.
For more information or advice on dog training, get in touch with us on 07734 447 812 today.