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Why is puppy training important?

Updated: Sep 24, 2023



Amore the 10 week old puppy black retriever Aussie shepheard mix practicing the "Touch" targeting cue.
Amore the 10 week old puppy practicing the "Touch" targeting cue.

Training your puppy is one of the most important things you can do for your furry friend. Proper training provides numerous benefits for both the dog and the owner. It creates an understanding between two beings who do not speak the same language. Whether you are a first-time dog owner or an experienced pet parent, it is essential to understand the importance of training your puppy and how it can enhance your relationship with your furry companion.


One of the most important reasons to train your puppy is to ensure their safety. Dogs, like all animals, have a natural instinct to explore and interact with their environment. However, without proper training, this can lead to dangerous situations. For example, a dog that has not been trained to stay away from cars or other hazards may put itself in harm's way. By teaching your puppy basic commands, such as "come" and "stay," you can help to keep them safe and prevent them from getting into dangerous situations.


Another important reason to train your puppy is to establish good behaviour and expectations. Puppies are naturally curious and playful, and they can quickly develop undesirable behaviours if they are not properly trained. For example, a puppy not trained to stop chewing on household items may damage furniture or other valuables and ingest something that makes it ill. By teaching your puppy basic commands, such as "leave it" and "no," you can help to prevent these behaviours from developing and ensure that your dog behaves appropriately.


In addition to establishing good behaviour, training your puppy can help prevent problem behaviours from developing. Dogs not properly trained are more likely to develop problem behaviours such as excessive barking, digging, jumping, and fearful or aggressive behaviour. These behaviours can be difficult to improve once they have become established, so it is important to address them early on through proper training.


Another important reason puppy training is important is that it can help to improve their mental and emotional well-being. Well-trained dogs are more confident and have practiced behaving in various environments. Dogs not properly trained can become bored and destructive, leading to behavioural problems. On the other hand, dogs trained and given plenty of exercises and mental stimulation are more likely to be happy and content. Training your puppy helps to provide them with the mental stimulation they need, and it also helps to reduce stress and anxiety by giving them a sense of structure and routine.


Training your puppy can also help to improve their physical health. Proper training involves plenty of exercises and physical activity, which can help to maintain your puppy's overall health and fitness. Training your puppy also helps to prevent obesity and other health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.


Finally, it is important to train your puppy to prepare them for future training. Whether you are interested in training your dog for specific tasks, such as service work or agility, or you want to ensure that they are well-behaved in public, training your puppy sets the foundation for future training and sets them up for success.


In conclusion, training your puppy is one of the most important things you can do for your furry friend. Proper training provides numerous benefits for both the dog and the owner and helps to create a strong bond between the two of you. Whether you are a first-time dog owner or an experienced pet parent, it is essential to understand the importance of training your puppy and how it can enhance your relationship with your furry companion. So, if you are the proud owner of a new puppy, prioritize training, socializing and confidence building.







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Best decision I made for my dog! If I could do it again I’d just do it sooner!

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