Your puppy starts out adorable, cuter than cute, clumsy and silly, playful and energetic, chasing and jumping, barking to bark and giving up wet sloppy kisses to anyone who will accept them.......... And you love it--until the day your cute little puppy is a rambunctious teenager taking YOU for a walk instead of the other way around.
All kinds of things can happen - perhaps your sweet puppy becomes a disgruntled adult, without manners, or is destructive in the home, or exhibits unwanted behavior towards strangers, other dogs or the cute little kitty cat that used to be its friend.
Your dog doesn’t do this to displease you -- he hasn’t been trained or socialized to know how to be obedient and respectful of his surroundings.
If we do not provide our dogs with the leadership they need, they will inherently take the leadership role upon themselves and this can make living together quite challenging!
Too many of our once-loved family pets are given up to shelters and rescue groups for these very reasons. They are even euthanized, because we either didn’t have the time, have the knowledge or the tools to teach our pets be our very best servers! Everyday life in the human world with all its distractions is confusing and even scary. We owe it to our dogs to prepare them for a dog’s life in a human world. Train early, train young, train old. Just train for the best human-canine experience ever. Once you’ve had it, you’ll never go back!!
Make no mistake -- your dog wants to be obedient, he wants you to be his pack leader, he wants to know where he stands in the pecking order. He loves the security this brings him-- a warm home, good food, romps in the park, love, hugs, kisses and rubs.
A well-trained, obedient, socialized dog finds comfort and security, knowing a good human is his best companion and vice versa!