Top Reasons to Have Your Dog Professionally Trained

Steve training a dog

Owning a dog can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience. Our pups provide us companionship, comfort, protection, and so much more. However,  at times it can also be rather challenging. Like people, every dog has its own individual quirks, strengths, and weaknesses. When you add in the communication barrier, things can get tricky! Traditional dog training has its merits, with sit, stay, and come all being valuable cornerstones of a dog’s repertoire, however, many owners might not be aware that there is a whole world of in-depth and extensive training that can completely transform the lives of both you and your pup. Below we’ve gathered our top 3 reasons why we recommend having your dog professionally trained, so sit, stay, and enjoy!

 

  1. Curb Negative Behaviors & Reinforce Positive Ones

Nobody enjoys disciplining their dog, especially when the offending behavior would not have occurred had the dog been properly trained. Establishing and communicating rules, pecking order, and expectations is universally key in having a harmonious owner-animal relationship, but is difficult to achieve without professional help. For example, we send our children to school to be taught specific skills by a qualified teacher. Often, it is not the lesson being taught, but the way it is taught that makes it effective. Professional dog training is similar, in that particular methods of communication, i.e. actions and reactions are established in a way that is tailored to how a dog learns. Additionally, negative behaviors can evolve and worsen over time. Nobody minds when a cute puppy greets a guest with jumps and play nips, but when that dog is 120 pounds it can become a potentially dangerous habit that is hard to break without a professional’s help. 

 

  1. Provides Essential Mental Stimulation

Any dog trainer worth their biscuits will tell you that a bored dog is a destructive dog. For centuries, man’s best friend has been not just our companion, but our coworker. Many different cultures have used breeds of all sizes and temperaments as babysitters, flock herders, watch dogs, hunters, and more. It is only in relatively recent times that our relationship with canines has evolved to be more out of want than necessity.  While it is well known that dogs require physical activity, some owners may not realize that they also require mental stimulation. In fact, recent studies have even shown that there is a direct correlation between lack of stimulation and premature canine aging. Much like humans, dogs need to be challenged, occupied, and active  if they are to remain happy and healthy. Professional dog training provides the essential stimulation of emotional and physical activity that canines require, and gives you, the owner, the tools to continue positive stimulation at home.

 

  1. Your Dog Enjoys Life, While You Enjoy Your Dog

It’s no secret that our dogs truly become a four legged member of the family. Our society has recognized this, leading to more pet friendly businesses and events than ever.  There’s a whole world out there just waiting for you and your pup to explore. But if they aren’t properly trained, bringing them places can be inconvenient at best, and dangerous at worst. Many owners don’t even attempt to bring their dog to an event because they are afraid of how the dog might respond, or react, to all the sights, smells, and sounds of a new environment.  Professional dog training takes the guesswork out of it, empowering you to be confident in bringing your dog to public places, and knowing you can count on them to behave appropriately. With proper training, your dog can get the very most out of life, and you can get the most out of your dog.

 

The Fine Line Difference

At Fine Line Family K-9, we operate multiple training programs that immerse your dog in real life environments, from the home to the park, and beyond.  We work with you to create an individual training plan that is completely customized to the needs of you and your dog. The difference is in our proven methods. While other training courses occur once a week for an hour or so, your dog will become a part of the Fine Line K-9 family, living, working, and training with us. We offer training programs that range from obedience and socialization to advanced protection and service dog training. Give us a call to learn more about how we can unlock your dog’s potential.