Training does not happen in the majority of dog-owning households. Sometimes I ask why, and people tell me that they think their pets don’t need training because it is only for competition dogs. I find this sad, for everyone’s sake and if you haven’t trained a dog, you don’t know what a rewarding experience you are missing.
The most important reason to train your dog is that it gives him something to do.It also makes it easier to deal with in difficult situations ie vet, grooming, any public place. Sounds simple enough, right? Dogs are social animals who like to learn, and if they aren’t given guidance in how to handle themselves or to relieve daily boredom, they will come up with their own doggy versions most of which we probably won’t like, such as chewing up the couch or barking at visitors.