As a puppy owner, you should do your best to avoid making the biggest and costliest mistake that too many other puppy owners are making today. Learning about this mistake so you can avoid it is important, because it could save you from much wasted money and effort.
The reality is that right now, all around the world, thousands of people are enrolling their new puppies into puppy pre-school and puppy training programs (that could then lead to adult dog training classes as well).
The Reason Why
But let’s stop for a moment and ask: why would anyone do all this? Well, the end aim and assumption underlying these courses is that they produce good, well-behaved dogs who are obedient and safe for all. But the reality is that going to all of these classes and spending tons of money to do so is in no way at all a guarantee that your dog will turn out the way you want them to be.
Yes, you read that right. The main thing that people learn to teach their pups at obedience schools is how to get their dogs to listen to commands in an empty and/or ideal environment. There may be at least some socialization too, which is great (if it’s done right, that is). Again, this a potentially very costly mistake.
The truly vital info is often totally overlooked. For instance, learning how to become and maintain your status the pack leader as well as different methods of preventing serious problems with your puppy’s behavior as they grow up is crucial. So what you need is a comprehensive training process that starts when the puppy is young and then continues to work as the dog grows up.
Otherwise, you may find yourself with a dog that is no well-adjusted and who has problems with barking, growling, nipping, anxiety, obsessive tendencies, etc. If that were to happen, what on earth would have been the point of all that puppy pre-school and training? Being able to sit and stay well is no replacement for good, healthy all-around behavior.
What to Do Instead
Instead, it is so much easier, not to mention much less stressful, to prevent these behavioral issues from occurring at all. Else, your time, money, and effort are essentially being wasted on fun limited tricks that, although helpful, are very limited in scope and purpose.
The thing that is missing in those puppy training courses is an explanation to puppy owners about the importance of asserting themselves as the pack leader. The lack of a pack leader is the root cause of all these potential issues.
For example, when a dog thinks that they are the pack leader, they bark to attempt to protect the home. But they can end up just barking at absolutely nothing unless you prevent or stop it. They will also follow their owners around to keep a protective eye on their people – they think they’re the back leader, after all, and think it’s their responsibility to look after their owners.
So, as you can imagine, it’s very important to prioritize asserting yourself as the pack leader so your puppy will be able to simply relax and enjoy life without a care in the world.
Training your puppy to listen to basic commands is fun and should definitely be a part of the puppy’s training, but do not ever let it become the sole focus or priority. Try to understand the importance of gaining your puppy’s respect. Once you do, they’ll be sure to continue to listen to you as they grow up into a fine dog.
Don’t wait till things start to go wrong, but take a proactive approach instead. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure for this big and costly mistake!