Some of us might remember that old song, “How Much Is That Puppy In The Window?” Even those that don’t recollect this once popular tune can certainly relate to the experience of simply falling in love with every cute little puppy you encounter.
It doesn’t take long to figure out where the phrase “puppy dog eyes” comes from. Unfortunately our animal shelters, swollen with older relinquished pets, are a sad testimonial to the fact that too many instances of “puppy seduction” end up in a household disaster because well intending folks simply do not understand the basics of dog behavior training.
Dog behavior training should the first concern of new puppy parents. Put the crates, bedding, leashes and food aside for a moment. Your dog behavior training resources must be in order if you are to effectively transform that sweet little puppy into a functional member of your household.
Responsible breeders and pet shop owners should take the time to instill this requirement in the minds of new dog owners before you leave their facility. Too often, the excitement of a new pet and the completion of sale or adoption formalities distracts both parties from addressing dog behavior training as the highest priority of pet ownership.
On the surface one might conclude that dog behavior training is a process which benefits the new dog owner. While this is most definitely true from the perspective of owning a well disciplined, controllable pet, one ultimately comes to learn that it is the dog which benefits more from proper training than the owner. Simply put, an untrained dog quickly becomes a nuisance rather than a welcome addition to the home.
Owners unfamiliar with the basics of canine behavior and who have not pursued a path of effective dog behavior training quickly become frustrated with their newly acquired animal. This stresses the dog and seriously compromises the pet’s future potential for learning what is expected of him. The relationship of owner and pet quickly becomes a relentless downward spiral and eventually the animal ends up in a shelter.
Quality dog behavior training is the ultimate gift you can give to your dog. It ensures the dog’s experience will be positive and catalyze a long lasting, irreversible bond between your family and their new pet.