One of the biggest questions dog owners has is whether to give their pets a professional training. Many people think that training dogs is only for behavioral purposes, well, yes it is part of it but there are many more reasons why professional training is recommended.
Maybe you have heard of a lot of stories about dog saving the lives of people. These dogs are usually trained by skilled trainers (professional or not). Compared to untrained dogs, they can do a lot of things that normal canines cannot. One reason why these dogs are motivated to behave well and use their minds in case of emergency is because they are treated well.
As a responsible pet owner, you must use positive training or hire a professional trainer who does not deprive and punish dogs just to make them obey. Reward – punishment method is an old way to train dogs. Nowadays, it is more effective to use positive training to raise a clever and obedient pet.
Contrary to some popular beliefs, hiring a professional trainer is not a luxury and not only wealthy people can afford it. There are so many trainers who offer affordable rates and can adjust to your time. Giving your dogs the proper training will also benefit the owners since the dogs can behave with or without a command.
Dogs who are well-trained are not too restricted. They enjoy their freedom to roam around the house or yard because the owner is confident that there will be no disaster since the pet knows what to do. It is proven that trained dogs are happier and become reliable when properly trained compared to the untrained ones which can be destructive and wild when unleashed.
Small dog breed owners forget that their puppies need proper training too. Just like the big dogs, the behavior of tiny dogs must be corrected as early as possible. You may find it cute when your pet small dogs act aggressive but that should not be tolerated.
When you tolerate your puppy’s aggression, you are encouraging them to be wild and excessive barking which are both signs of a behavior problem. If you want a reliable and well-mannered pet, you must train your small dogs to behave well.
Untrained dogs do not obey his or her owners command. They become destructive, loud and uncontrollable. There are times that they do not respond when their owners are calling them which could lead to a bigger issue. Dogs who do not listen to their owners can get lost or be stolen when in a public place.
Small dogs are usually self-assertive because most owners spoil them like a little baby. Do not forget to teach your pet that you are the one in charge of everything that is why your commands must be obeyed all the time.
Positive training is advised compared to the punitive type. Giving punishments is making them more dominant and can cause aggression as well. Positive reinforcement which is reward-punishment system is accepted because the dog learns to repeat good behavior in order to receive another treat. Punishment is when the reward is not given for doing bad. Physical punishment is never advised or even shouting because it is aggravating the aggression and like inviting the dog to bark more when angry or dissatisfied.
Whether small or big breeds, dogs must be trained for good behavior and healthy body and mind.
For dog lovers and owners, they know very well how important it is to train their beloved canines as soon as possible. Training should be started while the pets are still puppies. Do not think that it is hard to teach young pups because when they get bigger and older, it is more difficult to make them learn new tricks and proper behavior. Here are some techniques to make training with small dogs easier:
Do not scare or intimidate – as much as possible sit or squat in front of your small dog. Standing tall makes them uneasy. Just like babies, you need to be gentle. Show them your enthusiasm by caressing and using a soft voice.
Use treats – you can choose a lot of treats such as dog cookies from the supermarket or pet shop. Every time the puppy follows your command, give him a small piece of treat. Dog food can also be used as a reward for his obedience.
Use command words or cue gestures – of course, when you give orders you use simple words such as sit, stand, roll over, behave, etc. but when you are going to lift the puppy, you must also give a cue or use a particular gesture to let the pet know that you are going to touch and carry him. It could be stressful for small dogs to be carried when they are not prepared. They are still adjusting to their new owner and environment that is why you have to help them be familiar with your cues and commands.
Use small training toys – consider their size, some toys might be too heavy for them and may harm their posture or bones. On the other hand, very small toys can be hazardous too. They might swallow it accidentally so, choose something bigger than their mouths but lightweight.
Dogs become loyal companions – when they are trained properly, they feel loved and trusted. This makes them want to protect their owners all the time because that is how they feel when they are given positive training. Trained dogs are freer, the owners are lenient with them because they can obey right away and because of that they are happier and grateful.
Makes them obedient and well – behaved – punitive trainers are not advisable because they make dogs stressed out and can turn them to a wild canine when not satisfied or bored. Being positively trained makes the dog understand the commands quickly and voluntarily.
Becomes sociable – most dogs do not want to interact with other pets and the owner’s visitors but once trained and exposed to their fears, they realize that they do not need to be grumpy and uncomfortable. Positive training includes teaching the animals to be domesticated. They can act calm and civilized when they see that their owner is not in danger.
Basic life skills – of course, part of this is teaching the dogs to be obedient and untroubled. The dogs are also taught how to control their temper because they have the tendency to be aggressive. Well trained dogs know when to bark and most owners’ problem is they do not how to stop their pets from doing excessive barking which is annoying and disturbing.
Dogs become healthier – professional and positive trainers provide different activities for the canines to enrich their mental health and make their physical bodies strong and fit.
Dog training is not just all about behavioral correctness but includes development of all aspects, physically and psychologically. As a dog owner, it is your obligation to give your pets a healthy and fun lifestyle.