Dog Training-a Necessity, Not a Luxury

Updated: May 27, 2020

You may be spending a lot of time on social media these days; I am too. I scroll through pictures of dogs, cats, and parents with their babies crawling, taking their first step, and feeding themselves.

The babies look cute eating mashed potatoes with both hands, as they get it all over their faces. That’s cute for babies but adults use a spoon.

There would be something really wrong with an adult feeding themselves mashed potatoes with their hands, yet with babies we don’t give it a second thought? Why?

Because the babies haven’t been taught to use a spoon. They don’t know any better. And once they do, they use a spoon.

It’s the same with our dogs. If we expect them to potty outside and not go on our expensive rug, we need to teach them that outside is the correct thing to do. That’s why training your dog is a necessity, not a luxury. If they aren’t taught what to do, they’ll make up their own rules because they don’t know any better.

Here's a link to a Facebook live I did recently as part of the Roanoke Valley SPCA's Humane Education series on why dog training is so important to the entire family.

Here are nine reasons why training your dog is so important.

1. Teach your dog what you want it to do.

Instead of yelling because it did something you don’t want, such as pottying on the floor show him what you want instead.

He doesn’t know any better and if it’s a puppy, their bladder hasn’t fully developed yet so if he knows to tell you he has to go out, by the time he does, he’s already gone on the floor.

2. Training helps prevent or solve unwanted behaviors.

If your dog jumps on friends when they visit your house or he barks when people walk down the street. Show your dog what it needs to do to get the attention it wants, without being a pest around your guests.

3. A dog is happy knowing what’s expected. Using potty training as an example, if your dog pees or poops on your expensive rug, chances are you’re upset and maybe yell at the dog. He doesn’t know what he did wrong.