The Benefits of Dog Obedience

With Breed Specific Legislation on the horizon, we as Stafford owners act as ambassadors for the breed.
Every time a member of the public sees our Staffords being well behaved is a feather in our caps and something that we should all be aware of.  The benefits of an obedience trained Stafford are enormous. 

They are such a ‘willing to please’ breed and positively flourish with training, revealing a side to your dog,
you may not have noticed before.
Read through some of these benefits of Obedience Training and you may just find that obedience is for you!
When you feel frustrated with your dog's behaviour, remember that someone must teach a dog what is acceptable behaviour and what is not. A dog that hasn't been given any instructions, training or boundaries can't possibly know what you expect of him. By teaching your dog how you want him to behave, you'll not only have a saner household, but a happier dog as well. 

An Educated Dog allows you to handle every part of his body, to check for injury or illness and to give him medication. Has good manners, so he can spend most of his time indoors with his people. That means more supervision, less boredom and fewer opportunities for dangerous mischief. The more time you spend with your dog, the more likely you'll be to notice when something is wrong with him, like a limp, a cough, a sensitive area or a loss of appetite. By recognizing such irregularities early, you can seek medical attention immediately and, hopefully, prevent more serious problems.
Wants to stay near you, listening for instructions and praise. This means he'll have less opportunity to stray into danger. Will walk or run beside you on a leash without pulling, dragging or strangling, so you and your dog can get more exercise and spend more time together.

Knows that "drop it" and "leave it alone" are phrases that mean business, so he'll have fewer opportunities to swallow dangerous objects or chew your shoes! He also can be taught what things and places are out of bounds, like hot stoves, heaters or anxious cats. However, you'll still need to limit his access to dangerous places when you cannot supervise or instruct him.

Will "sit" immediately, simply because you say so. No matter what danger may be imminent, a dog that is suddenly still is suddenly safe. And a dog that will "stay" in that position is even safer.

Understands his boundaries, knows what's expected of him and has fewer anxieties. Less stress means a healthier dog.

These are only a few of the ways you and your dog can benefit from Obedience.  It may be also that your tired of showing, your dog is desexed or you just want something extra to do with your dog.  Obedience can only strengthen the bonds you already have with your dog, provide a different way to spend time together and ultimately, leaves you with a well behaved dog who is a pleasure to own! 

So if you are considering Obedience, or if we’ve aroused your curiosity in the slightest – give us a call and we’ll point you in the right direction!

For more information on obedience please contact Clive Galea axeltia@hotmail.com