Can you believe it’s back to school time already? Many of our canine friends will also have to adjust to new schedules as the kids head back to the classroom. Of course, education is also very important for dogs. If Fido doesn’t obey well—or at all—you may want to send him to school, too. A Pasadena, MD vet offers some information on this below.
There are five commands that all pups should know: Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. Down and Leave it are also very useful. This isn’t just about petiquette. Fido can be very sweet and gentle, even if he only knows Sit! However, training is also crucial for safety reasons. You need to be able to stop your four-legged friend from running off if you drop his leash. You also want to be able to keep him from eating that chicken wing someone dropped at the park.
Training is extremely important for large dogs, because they can be a safety risk. However, small dogs aren’t off the hook here. Little pups can get a bit pushy. These guys also need to obey simple commands!
Training dogs is both harder and easier than it looks. The biggest things really are to be patient and consistent and reward Fido for making progress. (By reward, we mean treats, though praise is also very important.) Work with your pooch every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is sending mixed messages. Your canine companion won’t know that ‘Sit’ and ‘Go sit down’ mean the same thing. That can really confuse him! Use the same words and phrasing each time.
While many people do just fine training their pups themselves, some pooches do need a bit of extra schooling. If Fido has any type of aggressive or fearful behaviors, or is perhaps just stubborn or hard to train, he may benefit from working with a professional trainer. Behavioral counseling can also be very helpful, particularly for dogs that have phobias, anxiety, or depression. The time and money you put in will be well worth it in the long run! Ask your vet or a professional behaviorist for more information.
Do you think your pooch could benefit from behavioral counseling or professional training? Call us, your Pasadena, MD pet clinic, today!