Training is an important aspect of pet ownership. It helps your pet learn how to interact with humans and other animals to become functional members of society. It minimizes accidents (and destruction) in your home. And it helps you prepare your pet for most situations they might encounter. 

Not only does training help your pet learn how to behave, but it can also help you build a stronger relationship with each other. Keep reading to learn more about the joy of dog training for both you and your furry friend:

Building Better Communication with Your Pet

To learn and follow commands, your pet has to pay close attention to what you are saying and how you are saying it. The more you work on teaching commands, the stronger your communication bridge will be. Better communication leads to better relationships between you and your furry friend. Whether you are training a young dog or cat or working with an older animal, it will help you build better communication.

Showing Your Pet That You Are Consistent and Dependable

Consistency is an incredibly important element of training a pet. The more you repeat certain commands and behaviors, the better the animal will learn the skills you are teaching. This consistency can also show your pet that you are a dependable facet of his or her life. Once your pet understands that he or she can depend on you, they will feel safer and more comfortable in your presence. This can take your relationship (and your bond) to new levels you haven’t yet experienced

The Joy of Training: Bringing Plenty of Praise

When you use positive reinforcement training, praise is an important element of the equation. The more praise your pet earns, the more he or she will want to please you. Not only does this make this training style very effective, but it also means your pet cares about your happiness. This can serve as a helpful way to bond with your pet, and it builds a connection that lasts a lifetime. There’s not much better than that.

Creating Opportunities to Exercise Together

Training is a great way to incorporate physical activity into your time with each other. You two can enjoy movement together as the animal learns more advanced skills and tricks. Exercising together creates a bond that can extend far past the training sessions. It could help you find a new running or hiking buddy for many years to come. If your pet associates movement with extra bonding time with you, it can lead to a great (and healthy) relationship.

There are many opportunities to forge a bond and realize the joy of dog training when you and your pup spend the time to train together. It is a special bond that should last their lifetime.

Union Lake Veterinary Hospital only uses positive reinforcement training to help pets learn in a caring and safe environment. We know how important it is to develop a strong bond with your pets, and we want to make it easier than ever to do just that. To learn more about our training services, please call (248) 363-6262.