It’s an unfortunate reality that most puppies and dogs surrendered to shelters are animals that have not had obedience training.
Dog obedience training is one of the best things you can do to ensure a successful relationship with your dog. Here’s why:
- Your dog will understand right behaviours and will not be confused by inconsistent or misunderstood commands.
- You will be equipped to resolve obedience problems quickly.
- When meeting other people or dogs, your dog will be much happier, relaxed and confident and will demonstrate socially-appropriate behaviour.
- Your dog will be much safer, particularly if he runs out your front door or is off-leash at the local dog park; he will return on your command.
While we’ve had some great feedback on our traditional obedience classes, we’ve received calls to expand our obedience offerings. In response, we’ve introduced Loose-Leash Walking workshops last month and have already held two successful sessions. Through a one-and-a-half-hour time commitment, your furry friend will learn to walk appropriately by your side. Participants from these classes have continued to use the skills they learned and are finding their dogs rarely pull and are easily redirected when going for a walk.
We’re also beginning our very first private obedience class next week for a dog whose behaviour is a little more challenging and would benefit from one-on-one lessons from our experienced obedience trainers.
Whether you choose to participate in obedience training for your furry friend at the OHS or through another training facility, the important thing to remember is that obedience training develops a bond between you and your dog that will form the basis for your entire relationship.