Is formal training a necessity for every dog?

· November 3, 2018 Like
Woman being pulled by a dog on leash

If this is you and your dog then the answer is yes!

For example, this leash pulling behavior will not get better with time. Some dogs are born with a generally laid-back personality and so sometimes you can get away with smaller bits of dog training. Most however, need to be shown by repetition the types of good behaviors and boundaries you expect.

Calmness and self control are learned behaviors too, and many people mistakenly think if they just tire there pup out with more and more exercise, romping and play dates, that this will calm them down. NOT TRUE! What’s really happening is first, your dog is building stamina so that you have to meet it or beat it in order to tire them the next time. Second, they are perfecting the art of crazy but never practicing calmness and self-soothing.

Dogs are bundles of endless energy and so they crave activity! So if we are not filling their time with good and calm behaviors, they will surely resort to what they know: pulling on the leash down the street, jumping up for joy, chewing things up, stealing socks, and running away in the streets! Dogs are not born knowing English so at minimum we must teach them our language! A little training goes a long way! But it is the type of training that determines the ease, speed and quality of your results! At six months of age and older your dog is capable of learning to control his impulses. Doing exercises that teach patience will give you the best bang for your buck and the most significant and lasting results. The quickest way to a chill and wonderfully balanced and happy dog is with the support of a certified dog trainer. Reach out to us!

Jennifer Mann

Known by her clients and friends as their ‘doggie-guru’, Jennifer Mann is a credentialed Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She has been working in dog and puppy training, obedience, socialization and behavior modification for over 20 years.

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