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Teddy the Trainable Pup: The Importance of Animal Training

Teddy, an active 6-week old puppy, was adopted from and then brought back to a local shelter after the adopter realized how cumbersome and time-consuming dog training can be. When considering an animal, potential adopters should be aware of and prepared for the responsibility and dedication required for training. Without consistent training, any animal can quickly become unmanageable.

Whether it is a dog or cat, youngster or senior, animals will benefit from establishing and applying household rules. Basic obedience and potty training will create a foundation for an enjoyable lifelong relationship between an adopter and their new pet. Positive reinforcement techniques are essential for success. Examples of positive reinforcement techniques include food and vocal rewards, both of which are easy for any adopter to do! Secondary Page_Teddy Pic

Animal shelters may also benefit from having a basic, but consistent behavior program. This can be implemented and led by staff and volunteers. For example, demonstrating a facility wide dog command regiment, including appropriate signage visible in multiple areas of the building, will help to maintain a consistent method for the animals. Enforcing a coherent expectation level and holding everyone to the same level of accountability will greatly increase positive results and successful adoptions. 

Knowing your dog’s personality type and attributes, and demonstrating consistent reinforcement will lead to impactful results.  Although Teddy had previously illustrated some unfavorable behaviors, his young age and responsive personality made him a perfect candidate for training. Teddy has since been adopted into a new home and we are positive that his successful results will continue to be nurtured by his new family! {Back}