Powered by Mom Blog is curious do you think doggy/puppy training is worthwhile?
When my then boyfriend (now husband) and I got our first puppy a german shepherd/rottweiler cross Zeus (who is pictured above) we didn’t even think about puppy training. Zeus was an adorable fluffy puppy with huge paws, seriously huge paws. He started to quickly grow into those paws and while he was a loyal friend, he was also extremely smart, stubborn, big on chewing everything and he very much considered himself to be the alpha dog in our pack.
Zeus was as mentioned chewing on everything which included our coffee table, shoes and well everything. On top of that he was hard to walk on a leash as he wanted to go where he wanted to go and he not only kept trying to be our top dog, he would do the same with any dogs he met. It was driving us crazy and we were at our wit’s end so we decided to finally at 5 months of age that we need some alpha dog training. Our alpha dog seriously needed some training or as we found out his owners need some training so he could better understand the rules.
I’m not joking when I say that after our first puppy training (where our Zeus was the biggest puppy by far lol) class we saw immediate results! Yes seriously we did as the first thing “our” trainer said to us was that she wasn’t there to train our dogs she was there to train us. Huh? Yep it turns out that one of the most common problems with “dog training” are the owners. We confuse our furry family members with inconsistencies and more things they just don’t understand as we humans are kind of confusing sometimes 🙂
We implemented her advice immediately such having me feed Zeus as my husband as Zeus considered me to be the lowest in the pack so he had to see the hand that fed him so to speak. We got chew toys and scented them with the same scent so that he knew those were his toys only. We patiently and consistently always took him out at the same times of the day whenever possible as consistency is important to canines. There were other tips and things she had us implement for the duration of our training and we went from being frustrated to having a dog who understood our commands, protected us, played with us and knew what we were trying to tell him.
Sadly Zeus has been gone from us for a few years but we had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful canine family member and have always utilized what we learned at owner/puppy training with all our subsequent dogs and have taken a few refresher courses as well. As you can see in my opinion whether you have an alpha dog or not we could all benefit from owner/puppy training to have a happy life with our canine friends.
I was compensated for this post but as always all opinions are 100% my own.