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Dog Training Education Month

February is Dog Training Education Month! If your pooch doesn’t obey simple commands, then this is a great time to finish his education. Training is very important! Read on as a local Portage, MI vet discusses training Fido.

Why Training Is Important

You may think that training Fido is simply a matter of petiquette, but in fact it’s very important for safety reasons. Teaching your four-legged buddy simple doggy obedience commands is crucial to both his safety and the safety of others. For example, if your canine companion lunges after the neighbor’s cat and jerks the leash out of your hand, the commands to Come or Heel can keep him from running off. That said, you’ll also appreciate your dog more if he’s polite and well-mannered.

Basic Commands

The five most important commands that your furry friend should know are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. You’ll want to teach your canine friend one command at a time. Start with Sit, as it’s usually the one dogs pick up most easily. Of course, there’s no reason to stop Fido’s education once he has these basic commands figured out. Teach your pup some cute tricks, or move on to more complex commands. (Tip: the command to Leave it can be very useful.) You may even be able to teach your fuzzy companion to turn the lights on or off, or fetch your slippers! If you’re not sure how to go about training your pooch, seek the help of a professional trainer. It will be well worth it in the end.

Treats

It’s very important to keep training sessions positive. Never punish your cute student for not picking something up quickly enough. Focus on rewarding good behavior instead. Of course, if you tell your dog that he got an A on his report card, he’ll probably just tilt his head at you. You’ll need to offer Fido more tangible rewards… like food. Offering your dog small snacks is a great way to reward him for doing something right. Praise and ear scritches will also help your furry buddy understand when he’s being a good boy. Once your four-legged friend has already been trained, use treats to keep reinforcing his training, so he doesn’t forget.

Does your canine pal need training? Call us, your local Portage, MI vet clinic, today. Puppy training is one of our specialties!

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