Taking your dog to obedience classes can be beneficial for both you and your dog in a variety of ways. Sure, training a dog can be time consuming, but an obedience class can make all that time spent more fun and productive. Here’s how obedience classes can be beneficial for you and your dog.
Establish a Stronger Bond with Your Dog
Statistics show that owners of well trained, happy, and obedient dogs get more joy out of spending time with their dogs. That means a stronger bond and a better relationship between you and your furry friend. Not only that, you and your dog will be spending time together at the obedience class, giving you additional opportunities to strengthen your bond.
Your Dog Will Be Easier to Manage
Learning basic commands like sit, come, and stay will make your dog easier to manage. When your dog is good around new people or in new situations, they won’t have to be left home all the time, or shut away from guests. Your dog will learn all of these basic commands, plus things like how to walk properly on a leash and much more at an obedience class.
Your Dog Will Be Friendlier and More Social
Socialization is extremely important for dogs. When your dog learns how to respond well to other dogs, he will do better at the groomers, the vet’s, the dog park, and just in day to day interactions with other dogs in general. Obedience classes are a great way to introduce your dog to other dogs in a controlled and safe setting.
Obedience Classes Are Fun
An obedience classes will be a lot of fun, not just for you, but for your dog as well. There will often be some fun social events offered along with your class, such as barbeques or get togethers. Interacting with other dog owners who are going through the same things you are can be a great experience, too. You and your pooch will get some great exercise, too!
Your Dog Will Be Safer to Have Around Family and Friends
An obedient, well-trained dog is safer to have around people than a dog who doesn’t listen. He’s less likely to jump on people or become panicked in new situations.
Your Dog Will Be Safer, Too
A dog that knows to come when he’s called, especially in a dangerous situation, is going to be safer in the long run. What if your dog runs toward the road to check out something that grabbed his attention. Wouldn’t it be much better if he came back to you when you called him, instead of you trying to chase him down, possibly in oncoming traffic?
So, are you ready to take an obedience class with your dog? Talking to your pet sitter, groomer and veterinarian is a great place to start. They talk to other dog owners every day, so they can help you find the best classes to attend.