Kat Nicholl-Basye (817-705-9657)        katcollies@hotmail.com

Why Train Your Dog?

A question that I commonly get asked is "Why should I train my dog?". It is estimated that between six and eight million dogs are euthanized each year in the United States, and the sad thing is that most of these deaths could have been prevented. The most common reason for an owner relinquishing a dog to an animal shelter is because the dog has an undesirable behavioral problem as the dog did not receive any training. At Pro-Paws, we do not want to see your baby become another statistic. We highly encourage training as soon as you bring your puppy home to prevent behavioral problems from occurring, as prevention is always better than cure, but an older dog is never too old to learn new tricks.

Training is beneficial to your dog for many reasons. Training our dogs teaches them where their place is in the social hierarchy in the family. Dogs are naturally social creatures and the majority of wild canines live in large groups co-existing together. Wild dogs and domestic dogs do not have many differences when it comes to social behavior.

A term commonly heard with wild dogs is "pack", which refers to a family unit of dogs co-existing together. A human family unit that incorporates a dog is not any different and the dog will also view the family members as his pack. Just like wild dogs have rules for pack members, it is important for us to also implement rules, so that there is no conflict in the dog's mind as to where his place is in the family. Behavioral issues including destruction and aggression will typically occur when a dog does not know where his place is in the family and when there is a communication break-down between dog and owner.

Positive training helps to teach dogs where his place is in the social hierarchy of the family, and by using positive reinforcement methods, your dog will learn to give you respect and have good manners at home and in the community.

We are pleased to provide a selection of canine training services for you and your canine companion from puppies to adults. If you have any questions, we encourage you to call or email and we will be happy to provide you with further information. Pro-Paws is your first and last stop for canine training in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Pro-Paws has the edge over canine training as we can offer one-on-one expert training in the comfort of your own home by a professional behaviorist. We will assess your dog's problematic behavior(s) and will help you to work through your canine concerns. Pro-Paws only uses positive and humane techniques and through positive training, we can help you and your dog to communicate openly with each other and to provide that essential bond that will last a lifetime.


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