ALL GOOD THINGS BEGIN WITH OBEDIENCE TRAINING
A PLEASURE OR A CHORE?
You see them everyday. The human/canine team strolling sedately down the street, stopping casually at the corners, the four-legged creature patiently waiting until his partner gives the signal to move on.
Then your eyes are drawn to the opposite side of the same street. This dog is straining at the leash while his human holds tight and tries not to end up face first on the pavement.
The one pair exhibits the best in partnerships and causes many to sigh in envy. The other provides great comic relief, unless you can too easily envision how others might see you when you and your best friend head for the streets.
Which side of the street are you on?
I’M IN CHARGE HERE! (OR NOT)
You ask your dog to sit (or down, or stand), and she looks at you as if you’re speaking a foreign language, then calmly proceeds to walk away. Meanwhile, all your repetitions of "Sit, I say! Sit…sit…SIT!", have no effect other than to raise your blood pressure to a dangerous level, and make you wonder why you ever thought getting a dog was a good idea in the first place. And when it comes to the "stay" command, well, you’ve learned not to bother wasting your breath.
You’re not alone. Maybe it’s your first dog. Or maybe you’ve had many
dogs in your life, but this is the first time one has gotten the better of you.
Different dogs and different breeds require different approaches to training. It’s
not always a one-size-fits-all scenario. Or maybe you just don’t have as much
time and energy as you used to.
Don’t give up. Learn to communicate properly, and you’ll be amazed at what you and your dog can achieve together. Good training lasts a lifetime. Aren’t your dog and your sanity worth the investment?
Will your dog be another Lassie? Maybe. But a dog you can be more proud of…definitely!
And remember: A well-trained dog is a safer dog…and much more fun to be around.