There is a very commonly used phrase that most of us have heard and many have used, which goes as follows: “You have to be cruel to be kind”. Others among us will look at that phrase, or hear it said, and point out the inherent flaw in it. You do not have to be […]
Man’s Best Friend?
Training your dog can be either a heck of a lot of fun, or a consistent nightmare for any pet lover depending on a number of factors. Getting it right can, and usually will, take a lot of persistence and a great deal of patience too, even if your pet pooch is generally well-behaved. The trouble with training even the most well-behaved dog is that you are trying to get it to work against its instincts – and this doesn’t happen overnight.
All the same, it is worth sticking with it. A dog can be taught to follow certain commands, even if it has shown all the signs of being resistant to training. It is a matter of not giving up, and telling yourself that you will not be beaten. Getting through to your dog may take time, but when you do achieve it you will see that it was worth it. It is important to remember to reward your dog for examples of good behavior, no doubt, because this will make things go a lot smoother.
Dogs really can be man’s best friend. They are fiercely loyal and endlessly entertaining, and are one of the most popular pets in the world for a reason. If your dog is beginning to get you down by stepping out of line frequently, it is time to put in place a training regime that will teach it the right way to behave. It may be daunting to begin with, but in time you will recognize the benefits and may even begin to enjoy it.