It is without a doubt one of the most challenging things to do with your pet. Communication. Your dog wants very much to love and understand you. However, many of the things you do confuse him just as much as some of the things he does confuses you. Your dog tries very hard to associate your verbal tones and gestures to respond and get affection from you. But it can be very confusing to see you wave your arms saying “up . . up” to use a similar gesture to say “bad boy!” He does not speak English; he merely tries to mimic actions to gestures that get him a pleasing response.
Many individuals who have the patience and time to train their dog. For these folks, their pets and themselves have a fun and happy relationship primarily because of the mutual understanding and communication between the two. For the rest of us with full-time jobs, kids, soccer practice, PTA, late nights at the office, etc. it’s tough to have that time and patience.
Formal dog training allows for the stress of training to be eased for both you and your dog. By teaching both you and your dog the same commands and the intended responses, you lessen the miscommunication. Your dog is happier because of the opportunity to please you, and you are pleased to have that healthy happy dog. With all of the options today, there is no reason to have that unnecessary stress caused by the misunderstandings between you and your dog.
Another practical reason to train your dog is that an untrained dog can show his frustration by damaging property, becoming a nuisance or even causing severe physical harm to humans.
Just remember, your pet wants very much to please you and receive that scratch behind the ear. Patience is your ultimate tool in training but to ease the stress and overall chaos of training, use the resources available to you. You will spend thousands of dollars on food, medical care and your precious time to care for your dog over its lifetime. Having a well-trained dog only makes good financial sense. A professional dog trainer is, without doubt, the most prudent financial and emotionally rewarding investment you can ever make.