"Obedience training is one of the most important aspects of raising a dog. In fact, a well trained dog is by far a happier dog! Why? Because a trained dog requires fewer restrictions. The more reliable the dog, the more freedom he is given.
For example, many stores and businesses that normally won't
allow dogs on their premises will make an exception for a puppy or a dog
that will heel nicely by his owner's side, or will do a sit-stay or
down-stay without hesitation.
And when company arrives in your home, there's no need to
banish a well-behaved dog to another room for fear that he will be a
royal nuisance. Moreover, because a well-mannered, obedience-trained dog
is both appreciated and welcome, he receives more attention and
interaction from family members, visitors, and passers-by, than does the
You As Your Dog's Leader
Training serves to
strengthen the bond between a dog and his owner. It builds
communication, understanding, and mutual respect, and subtly but
effectively demonstrates to your dog that you're the leader of the pack
(commonly referred to as the "Alpha"). And if your dog doesn't respect
you as his leader, you may both be in big trouble, particularly if he's a
bit rowdy or dominant by nature.
Training May Save Your Dog's Life
Obedience training also
gives the dog owner the voice control necessary to prevent numerous
potential tragedies. For instance, should a dog slips out of his collar
in the middle of a congested traffic intersection, he can be safely
heeled across the street, then given a sit command to facilitate putting
his collar back on. Or should someone accidentally leave the front door
open, and you spot your dog leaving, he can be safely called back to
you using the recall command.
Not only will obedience training help your dog to become more
responsive, but because it enables you to have immediate control over
your dog's behavior, in an emergency situation obedience training may
save your dog's life. In fact, it can ultimately save the lives of many
dogs, because far fewer dogs would end up in animal shelters if their
owners would simply take the time to train them.
And for those dogs who do need homes, a trained dog is far easier to adopt out to a new home than an untrained one.
Statistics also show that puppies which receive early
socialization, obedience, and temperament training (aggression
prevention training) are far less likely to end up being destroyed by
the time they turn three years of age than those that do not receive
this early training.
The Consequences Of An Untrained Dog
Without proper training,
many dogs are likely to misbehave. And when owners allow their dogs to
misbehave, everyone suffers: The owner, because he or she lives with a
dog, the dog, because everyone's down on him for misbehaving; the dog's
owner's neighbors, because living next to a difficult dog is no one's
idea of fun; and ultimately every dog owner, because each incidence
where a dog creates a nuisance increases anti-dog sentiment, and
contributes to the likelihood that tough legal restrictions will be
placed on all dogs.
Obedience Training Benefits Everyone
A well-behaved, obedience
trained dog is a pleasure to own because he can go virtually anywhere
without being a risk or nuisance to others. And don't we all want a dog
who exhibits appropriate behavior in a crowd, good manners when we have
guests in our home, is reliable around children, and who doesn't
threaten other dogs or passers-by?"
~ Robin Kovary