Discipline Is a Value: 3 Signs Your Dog Is in Need of Obedience Training

by - September 20, 2019

Everyone believes they have the best dog in the world, and everyone would be correct. This is paraphrased from an old quote about dogs; however, if your dog is out of control, you may be thinking you don't have the best dog in the world.

Dogs are a lot like babies, they need to be taught how to act and what is expected of them. It is your job to train them and help them learn what is acceptable behavior and what is not a good dog behavior. Like tiny humans, they are not born with this knowledge.

Training your dog takes a lot of commitment and patience on your part, but it is always worth it. Dog obedience training should begin as soon as you bring your puppy or grown dog home. They need to know what the rules are and what is expected of them in their new environment.

Here are 3 Signs Your Dog is in Need of Obedience Training:

1. Jumping

It is a great feeling when you come home and the dog is happy to see you, but excessive jumping up on you or visitors is not a behavior you want to encourage. Your dog can be trained to be cheerful without the jumping, which will make both you and the pooch less frustrated and just as happy about your coming home.

2. Selective Listening
Dogs, like humans, have selective listening skills. When a dog is on the scent of something interesting or is engaged in a game of keep-away, they will not want to listen to you, i.e., come to you when you are calling them. This is not only frustrating, but it can also be dangerous if they take off into a busy street.

The lessons are also for you as the dog's master; you must always follow through with what you promise. One tip is to never be angry if your dog (finally) comes to you, and you better have a cookie ready. Consistency is the name of your game when it comes to your dog and training.

3. Chewing on Furniture
If you are not kenneling your pup when you leave, and he or she is chewing on your furniture and other items, it is time for training. One of the main reasons for chewing is boredom. Dogs, like most grownups, need a job or purpose.

Even if you exercise your dog a couple of times a day, they will still get bored and chew the nearest non-chewable item. Of course, you don't want to leave your furry family member in the kennel all day, so you may want to invest in doggie daycare or a professional dog walker. No matter which path you chose for the care of your pet, they will need to be well behaved.

Enrolling your canine in obedience training will help your dog learn not to jump on you, to come when you call them, and not to chew on anything but their toys, in addition to so many other valuable lessons.

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