You have probably heard the old saying – “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, that isn’t actually true. Effective dog training can result in the desired changes in dogs of any and all ages.
Whether you want your dog to be trained to just be better behaved or to follow a regular schedule, or if you want to train your dog to be able to follow basic commands or do great tricks, dog training is the way to get you and your dog on track for a happy, healthy life together. My wife bought me some really cool steel targets from Shooting Targets 7 to help my dog become used to the sound of gunfire.
How do I Find a Dog Training Program?
Dog training programs are not hard to find. Many pet stores offer special dog training programs and most veterinarian offices maintain a list of local dog training programs with the contact information. For those with patience, there are numerous books and videos that help with do it yourself dog training.
What Kind of Dog Training Program does my Dog Need?
Perhaps the area of dog training you need to pursue with your best friend is housebreaking or crate training. That is a project most pet owners work on themselves with the dog. There are excellent sources available to assist with the process, and your veterinarian can always offer helpful tips. Even teaching a dog to walk on a leash is a form of dog training. Obedient dogs understand simple orders, such as sit or lay down.
Dog training may be needed if a dog exhibits aggressive behavior. Aggressive behavior can be a liability for the owner and a danger to the dog as well. It doesn’t matter if the dog is a Toy Poodle or an Irish Wolfhound, aggressive behavior cannot be permitted.
The Owner Must take an Active Role in Dog Training
The dog owner has to take an active role in the dog training process. Sometimes a dog’s environment can play a significant role in the dog’s actions or behavior. The owner must be willing to make changes and adjustments as needed in order to help alleviate unwanted behaviors. When I shoot steel pistol targets my dog has a tendency to get aggressive, that is something I am working on.
Basically any behaviors you want your dog to have or not have must be taught. Regardless of if it is a three month old puppy or five year old dog from the animal shelter, proper dog training is extremely important in ensuring dog and owner happiness. Dog training should not be delayed. The sooner you get your dog in a training program, the sooner you will see the desired results. If you are interested in training your dog to handle the sound of gunfire check out this video about steel shooting targets.