Dog training is about a lot more than doing tricks. Before you train your dog to jump over an obstacle, shake, or even roll over, it is important to make sure that your dog can follow basic commands and it is important that your dog is socialized. Proper socialization and training may not prevent all dog bite incidents, but it can decrease their likelihood and prevent trauma for potential dog bite victims, for you as the dog owner, and for your beloved pet.
Training Is Recommended by the ASPCA
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends that pet owners:
- Take dogs to humane and reward-based training classes. You can start classes as soon as your dog is eight weeks old or as soon as your dog has had the required vaccinations. This will allow you to begin teaching your dog good behavior from an early age. It will also help build a strong bond between you and your dog so that you can communicate effectively and continue to encourage good behavior.
- Socialize their dogs. Dogs should be exposed to other animals and people in different situations. A group training class can be an important part of this process.
Once basic training is complete, then other types of training, such as agility training, may be important for more than the physical accomplishments of the dog. It can further the bond and communication between you and your pet and help you prevent dangerous dog bites in future situations where your dog becomes anxious, scared, and aggressive.
Make Training Part of Your February Plan
If you haven’t already begun training your dog, then February is the perfect time to start since it is Dog Training Education Month. It is also a good time to review your own behavior to determine if there is anything else that you can do to prevent a dog bite and to consider what you would do if your dog hurt someone else.
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