There's More to a Healthy Dog Than Just Dog Obedience Classes

There's More to a Healthy Dog Than Just Dog Obedience Classes

Keeping your dog healthy and happy is a lot easier than most people tend to think. Sure, the typical run of the mill exercises like a daily walk and a dip in the daily mud puddles are important. But, if you want your dog to be happy and content, there are other things you can do. In fact, the list of simple things you can do to ensure a healthy dog is practically endless.

While it may seem hard to break the seal on a dog obedience class, it is well worth the time and effort. For one thing, you'll learn a lot about how to relate to your dog on a deeper level. You'll learn exactly how to hold onto your alpha role in the relationship.  And, you'll also get a good idea of how to give your dog his or her obedience cues with the least possible fuss.  And, during the process you'll be establishing yourself as the alpha in the group.  And, all this from a little place called a puppy class.

"What is a Puppy class?"  I was asked by a customer at the last class, when I asked if people enjoyed the classes.  He explained that the puppy class is a great way to start off teaching obedience.  Essentially, the puppy class is a place where puppies learn early on how to pay attention to their owner who is also establishing a dominant position. There is nothing better than taking a disobedient, dominant dog and handing him or her off to someone else who thinks they know better.  This is never a good idea and usually results in a dog that suddenly120 IQ or more. 

While these things do happen, they are usually the result of giving the dog lots of attention and discipline at a young age.  So right there, the puppy classroom is a good idea. A Puppy Class is also a place to work on socialization skills.  Socialization is an important part of a dog's development.  When puppies are not around other dogs, there is a good chance that they will become overly aggressive.

  A dog obedience class is the perfect place to teach your dog to control his or her mouth.  There is nothing more embarrassing or annoying than a dog that does not know when to bite and when to bark. The best time to start socialization is when a puppy is between 8 and 16 weeks old.  It is during this window of critical social development that puppies learn the value of muzzle socialization.  The two things that happen to a puppy that makes it eager to learn are:

1.  They have to learn to wait for their Mom to give them their next feed.  They may get hungry themselves, or they may not be hungry, and/or they may not like what ever is going on outside.  A hunger strike is the name of the dog!  They are whacking on whatever they are finding interesting at the time.  It may or may not be food, but they are locked onto it, and they are hungry!

2.   They have to learn to like people, other dogs, and strange noises.  Humans smell genuinely different to dogs, and weird noises will travel further and faster through the dog's baffled wonderments. A puppy dog obedience class is a great way to let your dog know that they are going to be well-mannered.  They will learn finger signals or clever word formulas, and they will able to experience a level of comfort and security with other dogs and people.   The trainer and the dog can establish a bond of mutual trust and mutual respect, and that will be perpetuated through each dog and owner's years together.  An obedience dog class is not simply a way to teach your dog the basics, but it is a way to immerse the dog in a world filled with new and unusual experiences, and they will Jade come to love obedience training. Here are two very important reasons to start obedience training immediately:

Dogs that are well trained are much more likely to be accepted by humans.  New dog owners will find them just as cute and lovable as any other dog, and the added bonus is that they are much easier to train.  Obedient dogs, whether they are puppies or full grown adults, easily win over the hearts of their new owners.  Furthermore, since dogs are naturally social, dogs that know how to behave around other dogs as well as people are actually much less likely to engage in annoying, destructive behaviors, like peeing behind the couch or tearing up the pillows.