The Importance of Training Your Dog: A Few Steps, Far-Reaching Effects



If you have a dog, you know the importance of proper training. All dogs are great, but one who doesn't understand basic commands can quickly become a handful. How are you supposed to get them to stop jumping up on guests or barking, if they donโ€™t know โ€œ

stopโ€ or โ€œdown


Know Your Roots

Sit, stay, and heel are probably the three most versatile commands in your toolbox. A well timed โ€œsitโ€ can be the difference between your dog bowling over your little niece or not. And โ€œheelโ€ is a true game changer when it comes to going on walks, not only in helping you establish your dominance by not allowing them to pull you around, but it can also save your shoulder socket from some undue wear and tear.

Gettin' Tricky

Once you manage the basics, it's time to move on to some more complex commands -- many of which can be quite useful and fun. For example, you can teach your dog how to fetch you things.ย That's right! It doesn't just happen on TV -- your dog could be fetching your slippers or the newspaper or anything (so long as you donโ€™t mind them putting it in their mouth).

Make 'Em Work

If you are so inclined, you could teach your dog how to do a job (be aย guard, pull a cart, learnย agility training, etc.). Many dogs were bred to do work, and will get a little restlessย when not doing a job. Give them a task, and your dog will likely relish their new ย duty and stop feeling bored or antsy. There's no time to be bored when there is guarding to be done!

How It's Done

If your dog doesn't know commands, and you're unsure how to begin training them, why not start with our Dog Training E-Series? Brought to you by ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities), a group dedicated to training service dogs, this series will give you everything you need to teach your dog 20 useful commands in just 10 weeks. Follow the instructions, and in less than three months you will be the proud parent of a well-trained and obedient dog.

Sign up to get the Dog Training E-Series here

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