A well-trained dog is by far a happier, safer and healthier dog! Why? For one thing, because a trained dog requires fewer restrictions. The more reliable the dog, the more freedom he is given, the more attention he gets, and the more enjoyable the relationships he has with everyone.
There is a direct link in how we interact with our dogs and how we treat each other. Positive dog training not only serves to strengthen the bond between you and your dog, the improved communication fosters and promotes understanding, empathy and patience with our friends, family and everyone we meet.
Your dog’s behavior is directly affected by three things: genetics, early socialization, and the environment. And we are the ones who control our dog’s environment to a tremendous degree. We control access to our dog’s food, play, affection, getting to for walks and rides, and so much more.
With all that in mind, there are 9 Ingredients that both dogs and humans need to foster a happy, healthy safe environment. If any of these ingredients are lacking in either quality or quantity, our behavior is affected. I talk more about these ingredients in my books, but to help give a bird’s-eye view, here they are: Food (diet), Play, Socialization, Quiet Time, Exercise, Employment, Rest, Training (discipline and education), Health Care.
If you are having a problem with your dog’s behavior, first take a look at whether any of these ingredients need addressing. To help with the training aspect, here are some questions others have asked and my answers. Obviously, these are general in nature. I always recommend hiring a professional dog trainer (positive dog training only of course). He or she can evaluate your specific problem and come up with a behavior modification program that directly addresses your situation.
Very best wishes!
P.S.: No dog-training method should ever be used if it conflicts with how you feel about your dog or how he should be treated. And no advice should ever be heeded if it supersedes your own common sense and intuition.