You’re a new dog parent, who just adopted the cutest little puppy that you’ve ever seen, but the little slugger is relieving himself on your favourite everything, and now you’re slowly losing your mind. Or perhaps you’ve adopted an older good boy who’s not really used to new environments so now everything you own looks like it’s been through a shedder, Or maybe you’ve had a dog for a while, but he doesn’t listen to any of your commands, and pulls on the leash when you go for a walk. Are you any of these people? Then you need to train you dog.
Training your dog is always a good idea. If you don’t, you might end up with a slobbery, ill-disciplined housemate that eats pillows and doesn’t respect your wishes at all… and if you’ve ever had a roommate in varsity, you KNOW how terrible that can be. Some people have the idea that training robs a dog of its freedom, or natural instincts. Nothing could be further from the truth.
You see, dogs are pack animals – they need a leader. They thrive when given structure, routine and discipline. In fact, you might say that not training your dog is unnatural.
The most important thing to keep in mind when training your dog is that YOU are the leader. Therefore, training always has to start with YOU. Hence the saying “the first step in training a dog, is to train the owner”.
Confidence is the key to successfully shaping the behaviour of your pooch… but where to start? Should you take your puppy to puppy school with other dogs? Are private lessons the way to go? Well, that’s up to you, but given that many people might not feel comfortable in such a situation, we have taken the liberty of compiling a list of a few online dog training solutions that you might find handy.
We certainly recommend that you take a look at these YouTube channels, take the principles given and see what/how you can apply them to your dog:
Spending time with your dog is never a bad idea, and doing so in mentally engaging, physical activity is a sure-fire way to not only bring you peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your dog (and those around it) but also build a stronger bond between pet and owner.
The truth of the matter is that not all dogs react in the same way to all types of training. We strongly suggest that you take a look at the above channels, but also that you do your own research on breed-specific training.
If you know of other reputable online training resources, please feel free to comment and share it with us!