Reasons Why Dog Training Is Important And Necessary

It is an accepted fact that a dog is a mans best friend. By the same token an untrained dog can be a mans nightmare. Therefore, dog training is a very important aspect of owning a dog. There are many reasons why a dog should be trained.
A misbehaving dog can put a strain on the owners relationship with the animal. Instead of the time spent together being a happy period, it can be very stressful for both the human and animal. This is more so if young children are involved and their safety is compromised. An untrained dogs behavior when outside the home can be an embarrassment to the owner, resulting in the animal being house-bound.
An uncontrolled dog can lead to strained relationships with the neighbors. Not many people will put up with a dog that barks incessantly, day or night. Neighbors will also complain of animals that dig up lawns or chew up reticulation pipes.
To enjoy the company of the dog and to keep all relationships, with the dog and the neighbors, on a happy footing, training should start as soon as the puppy is brought home. Initial training is simple and should include toilet training, and everyday commands like sit, lie down, stay, come when called and walking on a leash.
As the dog gets older, it should be able to obey the commands of the owner even with the distraction of other dogs around. This makes taking the dog for a walk, or a park or the beach, where there will be other animals, a stress-free exercise. Keeping the dog from barking all the time, especially at night, is also an important part of the training.
The type and scope of training will depend on the reason for acquiring the dog. If the animal is solely a house pet, then basic obedience training will be sufficient. If the animal has a pedigree and is being trained to be a show dog, then more advanced training methods will be needed. Dogs used for security purposes or, as guide dogs for the blind, will require specialized training.
Training a dog requires time, patience and discipline on the part of the owner. Usually the dog has to be trained by the same person in the household. It should be done every day for at least ten to fifteen minutes. This should be in addition to the animals regular walk. The venue that the training takes place should be changed on and off. The dog has to learn to obey at home, in the park, the beach or anywhere else the owner might take him. If training only takes place at home, the dog might not understand that he also has to obey the commands when outside the home.
Unless the owner has experience in dog training, it is usual to obtain the services of a professional dog trainer. The time taken to fully train a dog will depend on the expertise of the trainer, the discipline and effort put in by the owner, and the level of training required.