Bella completed her Basic Training/Good Manners class on Saturday, 3/01/14 and to say that we are proud of her would be an understatement. With Casey, my first dog, I took Obedience I, Obedience II, and Canine Good Citizen. With Alex, my current furry kid, I took Obedience I. Why do I do this? What’s the point? These are questions I’ve been asked by a few pet parents, and my answer to them is:
- A trained dog is a better behaved dog which in return makes sharing your life with her a joy rather than a burden
- Training allows you to manage your dog better in different settings, not just at home, but for that to happen you need to incorporate training into your every day life
- You can take your dog to family reunions or gatherings, and/or she can be the “hostess” when you have people over
There are a lot of more reasons for your dog to have, at a minimum, basic training under her belt, but it’d be too long to list them all. For those pet parents that have dogs classified as aggressive/strong breed or whatever other term they are using now, basic training is paramount, and, in my opinion, essential. Living with dogs should make your life better and more enjoyable, but you, as the pet parent, need to do your part. Congratulations to our foster dog, Bella, for working hard to get her Basic Obedience certificate. This cutie is still available for adoption. If interested, please contact BARCS.