Dogs can be big bundles of energy, which means they need to know how to channel that energy correctly. To live a happy healthy life, basic training is essential for all dogs. It allows a dog to avoid common behavioural issues that could lead to either yourself – or the owners whose dogs you are training – feeling overwhelmed. Proper training can also help to minimise any potentially dangerous situations for your dog too.
Mastering these 7 basic commands every dog needs is therefore invaluable to anyone working in the field of animal care and wellbeing. Share these with your colleague or your clients, to help their canines be the best they can be.
Firstly, it’s important to understand just why training is so important for our four-legged friends. Here are 3 reasons to train a dog:
- For Safety & Wellbeing – While it may seem obvious to us, dogs do need help in learning how to live successfully in a home environment. To a young puppy, it’s hard to know that there are things that can’t be chewed, places that shouldn’t be peed in and that crossing a road requires patience. By helping dogs understand what is required of them, we help keep stress at bay and allow them to feel emotionally stable. This means they are less likely to exhibit behaviours that may cause owners to give them up to a shelter too.
- For A Strong Bond – Dogs are likely to feel stable, secure and happy when they have a sense of attachment with their caregivers. Training is a great way to build bonds with dogs, helping them feel at ease. The most effective teachers are those who can influence behaviour in their dogs without the use of force and work through any problems in a humane manner. It helps influence dogs to live harmoniously within a household, and a strong bond with a dog is also a wonderful feeling for an owner too.
- For Others – Dogs are social animals, but without proper training, this urge can be acted out incorrectly. An untrained dog is likely to act more dominant, aggressive or fearful towards other dogs. It is therefore vital to socialise dogs and teach them about appropriate social interactions, by giving them good experiences in the presence of all kinds of people, animals and environments. Meaning they are more likely to become a friendly member of society!
With this in mind, what are the 7 basic dog commands that can help dogs to become safe, secure and happy? And why are they useful? Let’s find out!