Bringing up a dog is, in many ways, very similar to raising a child. Both need realistic boundaries which are upheld consistently and fairly, and are based on a positive relationship of love, respect and trust.
In order to do this successfully, it is of the utmost importance that you use a positive and professional obedience training technique which is mindful of your dog’s needs and wants but also affirms that you are the authority figure, and thus that you are the one who is in control at all times.
But can you do this by yourself? Or should you hire professional dog trainers to do the job for you?
Let us consider some of the pros and cons of each one of these options in order for you to be able to make an informed decision as to the answer to the above question.
The bottom line is that your dog needs to know what behavior is acceptable and what behavior is not. Likewise, it is also of the utmost importance that you and your dog establish a positive and loving relationship, and indeed this can be helped along by a properly-established obedience training program.
But then again for some dogs it is more beneficial to establish these boundaries with a stranger, and then apply them to you.
Benefits of Obedience Training for Dogs
The advantages of using dog trainers to set these boundaries include the fact that firstly your dog will receive professional training, which will mean that he has the best chance of succeeding and being a positive and well-rounded pet throughout his life.
Indeed moreover, the training will be done relatively quickly and will be tailored to suit your own particular dog’s needs and character. It is for this reason that opting for the use of professional dog trainers is a must for especially difficult individual dogs.
Furthermore, undergoing this training several times a week will not only mean that you do not have to invest this time to repetitive and monotonous training, but also that you actually get a break for your dog for a little while.
This can me preciously valuable time which you can spend working, cleaning or relaxing without the dog getting in the way, or even quality time with your children and other loved ones.
On the other hand, while the obedience results will be impressive as a result of the use of professional dog trainers, they can be counter-productive in other ways.
Merely the fact that your dog is receiving this training from someone other than its owner, can in some cases undermine your authority by resulting in a conflict of allegiances to you and the trainer.
What is more, it is inevitable that at least to some extent you are losing out on an incredibly valuable opportunity to bond with your dog and add a different dimension to your relationship.
Obedience training is the perfect way of not only establishing your authority as leader of the pack, but it is instrumental in developing that positive relationship of trust and respect as well as love and tenderness.
Indeed there are plenty of obedience training strategies available to you as a dog owner, which are extremely effective when carried out properly.
Indeed it its ultimately your decision, but do bear in mind the importance of all of these points, as the relationship you have with your dog will be firmly based on both positivity and love, but also structure and boundaries.
Either way you will both benefit, regardless of whether you use dog trainers or not.