Educating pet owners on the importance of dog training
Not all pet owners recognise that training is an essential part of being a pet parent. Indeed, dog training helps mould good behaviour and keeps dogs of all sizes and breeds mentally and physically stimulated.
Dog training is a vital part of becoming a pet owner. Without a doubt, training is an essential part of a dog’s life. Not only does it provide mental stimulation, but also physical exercise.
What’s more, a growing number of people are becoming pet parents, an increasing number of cafes are allowing dogs and, as such, a certain level of behaviour is expected from our fur pals.
So, seeing as January is National Train Your Dog Month it’s a wonderful opportunity to teach and remind clients of the importance of dog training.
PETstock’s PETschool manager and professional dog trainer Tina Button explains that pet professionals can share tips with their clients to help ensure positive canine behaviour and responsible pet ownership.
Tina has compiled the following tips, which you can share with your clients in honour of National Train Your Dog Month.
TIP #1 Make use of treats as rewards
Tina recommends using food as a reward. “This is a powerful tool for shaping behaviours,” she explains.
Indeed, offering treats or food is beneficial in the following ways:
To encourage basic commands including sit, stay, come and stop
Tina says, “This is particularly important when on walks near busy roads, waiting at crossings or playing at the park.”
To teach sitting instead of jumping up on a visitor or family member.
Promotes waiting at the door to come inside rather than barking to get your attention
Encourages the dog to sit and stay on their bed or mat when directed
“If trained correctly, using food in training shouldn’t interfere with their regular food intake. However, it is recommended to monitor daily food intake if excessive kibble is used when training.
“For dogs motivated by play, toys are an effective alternative to food stimulation and can be used to achieve the same results in many instances,” says Tina.
“The importance of socialising often gets overlooked by many dog owners,” says Tina.
“Socialisation involves not only exposing the dog to other dogs but also to the environment and everyday life. Letting dogs interact with others, particularly from a young age, and exposing them to various environments will help them to develop positive and friendly behavioural skills. Don’t forget to reward every good behaviour.”
Again, if you have a client whose dog appears to be misbehaving, you might like to talk to them about puppy schools and dog trainers in the area. You can explain what’s involved and the benefits. For example, puppy school isn’t just great for dogs; it can be beneficial for owners too.
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