February is Dog Training Education Month. This is a very important topic! We all know that Fido is a very good boy, but he does need some guidance to learn the do’s and don’ts of being a pet. It’s important to understand the what, why, and how of doggy education. In this article, a Clarkesville, GA vet discusses training your four-legged friend.
Did you think training was all about getting dogs to follow orders? That’s not exactly wrong, but it’s really more about communication. The more you teach your furry pal, the more you will be able to interact with him in a pleasant, positive way. You’ll enjoy spending time with your pet much more if he’s polite and well-mannered!
Training is also crucial for safety reasons. You don’t want Fido racing off into traffic if you drop his leash, or jumping on your elderly aunt to greet her. Training is also great for bonding with your pup. And last but not least, it can also help a timid dog come out of his shell.
Training really can make a huge difference in Fido’s behavior. However, it won’t change who he is at the core. For instance, you probably won’t have much luck turning a pug into a vicious watchdog. (Note: Actually, there has been at least one pug watchdog: Pompey, who belonged to William The Silent, the Prince of Orange, alerted his human to an assassin. However, that’s a whole other story.) Be realistic!
Fido is very smart, and can learn over 100 commands. However, that sort of education is basically the doggy equivalent of a PHD. That’s much more than the average pooch would actually need. We do recommend teaching your furry friend seven basic commands: Sit, Come, Heel, Stay, Lay Down, Down and Leave It. Focus on these first, teaching your pup one at a time until he has them down pat.
It’s important to make ‘school’ fun for Fido. Only work with him when you’re feeling cheerful. Dogs can pick up on our emotions, so your canine pal will quickly sense it if you’re upset. Also, be sure to incorporate praise and treats. Stick with small snacks, though. If your adorable student gets too full, he may become more interested in napping than in learning!
Do you have questions about dog training? Contact us, your Clarkesville, GA animal clinic!