I was on CTV Morning Live today discussing dog obedience and dog socialization. Guy Lapierre Unleashed Potential dog training Halifax You can see the segment here:
There are two points I want to expand on:
- Quality obedience is often over looked or people have a good enough attitude – especially if their dog is not a problem dog. Unfortunately, that will spell trouble at some time in the future. There are times in our society where a dog needs to listen and it really isn’t optional. Unless you instill and continue to practice obedience to that level it will never happen in the real world when you need it most. Going to the vet, walking down the street, people coming over to your house, listening in the presence of an unruly dog, around children, the list goes on and on. If your dog can’t perform consistently without distraction then you will set them up to fail when distraction is present. You can’t fault the dog for that, because you haven’t taught them how.
- Socialization is a key component to your dog being able to function in society. It isn’t limited to other dogs. You need to socialize your dog to our human world. You need to be careful when it comes to socializing with other dogs and I suggest you form clubs so your dog can socialize regularly among known friends. I would recommend you avoid socialization with strange dogs and I would teach dogs to ignore strange dogs unless instructed that they may interact – bringing new dogs into their circle of friends. Too many things can go wrong when you don’t know the person or dog you are trying to socialize with. It has the potential to go wrong and impress issues on your dog going forward.
Unleashed Potential specializes in both of these and it is an integral part of our core program. We can help you with obedience and our group classes provide you with a lifelong opportunity to socialize with known dogs and people. Contact us today to find our more.
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