Owning a dog is an exciting endeavor and requires a lot of hard work and commitment. One thing that many owners know they have to do at the beginning is to train their dog.

However, many dog owners don’t realize that training is an ongoing process. Most dogs require ongoing training to ensure that they retain their existing skills and learn new ones throughout their lives.

Training your dog offers many benefits, including making them easier to live with and keeping their mind active.

One particular benefit of training your dog is that you will strengthen your bond with your pet.

At K9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore, we understand the benefits of spending time training your dog throughout its lifetime.

That’s why we’ve put together this blog post about the benefits of training your dog and how it can help you to improve your bond with your pet.

Training Your Dog Reduces Their Frustration

Dogs that get told “OFF!” regularly often become frustrated, as they don’t understand what they’re doing wrong. Dogs are highly-intelligent animals, so they need to keep their minds active to understand what is going on around them.

If your dog is getting told that they are naughty often but doesn’t know why then they might also become resentful towards you.

Alternatively, if you are rewarding your dog for doing the right thing, that will help him understand that he is not rewarded for doing the wrong thing. Teach your dog how he should behave rather than how he shouldn’t. Consistently rewarding the desirable behaviors will improve your relationship and reduce your pet’s frustration.

It Can Help Your Dog Behave Better In Social Situations

If your dog isn’t well-behaved in social situations, such as at other people’s homes or in shops, then you might find that you can’t take them with you as much as you might like.

As a result, training could help you to improve this aspect of your relationship with your pet. When you train your dog to respond to commands and be more attentive to you, it will make it easier for you to take him with you when you go out of the house.

That means that you will be able to spend more time with your dog and introduce them to more of your friends. For a good reason, you should consider spending time training your dog out of its bad habits.

Taking the time to train your dog will mean that you can spend more time in public with them. After all, most owners get a dog for companionship, and if you can only spend time with them in specific situations or at home, you’ll miss out on a deeper relationship with him.

Tricks Can Be Fun For Your Pet

Dogs of all ages, particularly younger dogs and puppies, require a lot of mental and physical stimulation to keep them occupied.

When they are left to get bored, dogs can undertake destructive habits such as chewing your possessions and barking loudly.

That means that you need to find unusual ways to entertain your pup. One fun way to keep them busy is to teach them interesting new tricks.

Teaching your dog new tricks is fun for both of you and will keep you both entertained throughout the pandemic and into the future.

Some tricks are easy to teach, while others are more challenging. By training your dog often, you can learn more about their unique learning style and adapt your trick training to suit them.

Training Classes Are Fun For Both Of You

Dog training comes in many different forms. While you can train your dog at home alone and through virtual classes, you should also consider taking them to regular training classes in your local area.

Taking your dog to training classes is fun for your dog because he can spend time with new dogs and engage in new experiences.

It’s also fun for you, as you can meet new people who love dogs as much as you do. The training will help your dog improve his behavior while offering social benefits for you both.

Enjoying joint social adventures, such as a training class, can make you both feel happy. Additionally, your dog will begin to associate training as a fun activity that he enjoys with you!

You Get To Spend More Time With Your Dog

Modern life is often exceptionally busy, meaning that many individuals don’t find the time to do the things they enjoy.

It’s easy to overlook spending valuable time bonding with your dog, especially if you have a busy life and are at home all day with them anyway.

Being in the same room as your dog is not the same as spending quality time interacting with them. It is important that you carve out some time specifically for training your dog.

When you train them, you are stimulating your dog intellectually while simultaneously benefiting from the one-on-one attention.

Consider Teaching Them To Be A K9 Reading Buddy

If your dog is patient and loves spending time with children, these personality traits could make your pup the perfect K9 Reading Buddy for young kids.

Our volunteers listen to kids read to their dogs. This practice encourages the children to want to read and helps them feel confident in their reading.

All of our K9 Reading Buddies are trained to be patient and gentle with children. These traits are also essential for dogs that spend time around kids, so you should consider teaching your dog these skills even if you don’t choose to enroll them in our program.

On our regularly updated blog, we share tips and tricks on how to teach your dog patience and how to become a K9 volunteer. We also share dog care tips and insight to help dog owners throughout the North Shore and beyond to keep their pets happy and healthy.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our literacy programs and how your dog can help, then feel free to contact us. Our team can talk you through our programs and describe how you and your dog can benefit kids throughout your local area.