Is training your puppy essential to their well-being? The short answer is YES!!
Imagine if you never learned to read or write, add or subtract, dress yourself or any other basic life skill. It would be hard to socialize, get a job or survive on your own.
Dog’s, like people, need to learn to mature and develop. The first thing most owners teach their pup is to sit. Your pet is now offering to sit for virtually everything from attention to treats. Adding new skills like down, wait, stay, polite leash walking, and tricks will only help your pup to develop. The more things they learn, the less likely they are to offer negative behaviours.
The other big advantage to training and socialization is that your pup is engaging with you. This literally builds the bond between pups and humans. Adding tricks, games and obedience training helps your dog to look up to you, respect you and, yes, understand what you want from them. Pups are learning all the time so why not help them make good choices through training. When you use Positive Reinforcement to train you pup, you create a relationship of mutual understanding and a lasting bond. Your dog will start to offer positive behaviours like sitting and waiting at a door, going to their mat instead of begging at dinner time and sitting politely to meet people and dogs.