Top 10 Reasons to Train Your Dog

Some people couldn’t imagine a life without their furry best friend. A dog’s unconditional love can be one of the most rewarding things in life and it’s our job to set them up for success when facing the world. Dog training can improve the life of your pet, strengthen your bond together, create a fun and enjoyable activity for you to share, decrease and eliminate behavior issues, and even save your dog from potentially dangerous situations! Teaching your dog basic commands such as “wait at the door” can save your dog from running out into a busy street. “Leave it” can save your pet from swallowing medication that was accidentally dropped on the floor. Through positive reinforcement dog training, you can create mutual respect between you and your pet and teach him the tools he will need to be successful in any situation.

Ashley Flores with dogTop 10 Reasons to Train your Dog

1. Strengthens your bond
2. Communication skills will grow between you and your pup
3. Fun for your family and your pooch
4. Decreases and/or eliminates behavior issues
5. Provides enrichment and stimulates your pup’s brain
6. Gives your dog a “job”
7. A trained dog is six times less likely to be surrendered or returned to a shelter
8. Builds confidence in shy and fearful dogs
9. Creates less work for you in the long run
10. Enhances safety and can even save your dog’s life

— Written by Great Plains SPCA Director of Volunteers & Staff Development Ashley Flores

We now offer positive reinforcement training classes at both of our campuses. Public classes start soon at our Independence Campus, taught by Ashley Flores, CPDT-KA. Basic obedience and more advanced classes are offered at our Merriam Campus (through Daiger Dog Training). Learn more about our behavior and training classes.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Reasons to Train Your Dog”

  1. I adopted a Lab/Boxer Mix 2 1\2 years ago from Heartland SPCA. I have not been able to train her to do much of anything. I cannot get her to wait at the door or drop it. She loves to play catch and that’s all she wants to do. Is it too late to get her trained?

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