Once again, I’m participating in Blog, The Change for Animals, and I wanted to write about something more important than I used to think it was: dog training. January is National Train Your Dog Month. My own dogs are small and fairly well behaved, but lately, I’ve been thinking that our lives would be improved if they were very well behaved.
Not every dog can be expected to spell his own name like Gatsby, but a dog is at a higher risk of becoming homeless without basic training.
When we think about all the dogs in the shelters, we have to wonder why they are there. I know many dogs are there for reasons that are out of anyone’s control: long-term illness or the death of an owner. Sometimes dogs are found roaming loose, and you have to wonder, if it was properly trained, would it have gotten lost? Sadly, there are also times when a person turns in their pet because the animal is destructive or poorly behaved because they have not been properly trained. Rescue dogs can be wonderful canine companions, and with training, many become therapy dogs and service dogs.
I am not an expert in dog training or behavior. In fact, I could use a little help in training my own dogs to be better behaved. Specifically, I worry that if Theo gets loose, he will be lost. One of my goals for this year is to train my dogs to enjoy our lives more.
There are many philosophies about dog training and people who claim to be experts on dog behavior and training. It can be overwhelming to try and figure it out. Fortunately, there is a great resource available to the dog lovers of the world. The Association of Professional Dog Trainers has a lot of articles to help choose the right trainer.
I’d love to hear about your favorite ways to train and “must-have” behaviors for your dogs.
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About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in pet photography and portraits for small business owners. Alice has three very well-behaved dogs of her own, Lulu, Franny, and Darla.