Recently, the number of dog trainers and dog training centers has risen in Kuwait. This made me consider two questions: is there a trend in Kuwait of dog owners training their own dogs? And do the majority of dog owners appreciate the benefits of doing so?
After releasing a survey last week, I was shocked by the results, which I expected to lean towards a tendency to hire dog trainers instead of self train. The results revealed that 18 of 22 respondents choose to train their pets personally. While 22 participants may not be a reliable sample for a whole country, it is interesting to observe that 18 of these participants actively train their own dogs. Training your own pet can save money, time and strengthen the bond between you and your pet.
Training is important to develop and maintain a well-behaved dog. Many canine behavioral issues such as jumping, chewing, excessive barking, etc. can be corrected with training. Basic training commands such as ‘sit, heel, come, stay and no’ are very important if you want to keep your dog under control.
Additionally, dog training can substitute for physical exercise. It takes a lot of energy to keep a dog focused to perform tricks or tasks. Training can stimulate your dog’s mind as well as improve it’s fitness level. Training your own dog is also a great way to get some exercise on summer days in Kuwait.
There are many ways you can get your dog trained. Training classes, personal trainers, books, YouTube videos, and online tutorials are widely available for dogs of all ages and sizes. However, the best way to train your pet is to do it yourself! Training your own dog strengthens the bond between owner and pet. It lets you spend more time with your dog, and it assures you that your dog is being trained without being harmed.
Training, if done incorrectly can harm your pet. Making sure you reward and praise for good behaviour constantly, refraining from using any form of physical abuse and having patience are essentials in training. However, many behavioural issues can be difficult to correct and you should seek professional help if you are not able to fix them yourself.
I’ve been training my own dogs ever since I can remember. When I was 11 years old, I had a small notebook with two training schedules for my dogs Sugar and Achilles. The schedules listed the commands that my dogs knew and how many times they got them wrong during daily training. This helped me focus on their weak points. I also utilised books and TV shows to help me learn how to train using positive reinforcement whereby the dog is rewarded whenever it does something right.
If you want to improve your dog’s behaviour, just spend some time with it! Get to know your dog’s behavioural patterns. This will help you to connect with your canine and become more confident when giving him a command. It will also allow your dog to develop a trust for you and view you as a worthy leader. Being a best friend back to your dog will result in a long and rewarding friendship.
For more information on dog training, dog behavior and pack leadership, check out The Dog Whisperer by Cesar Millan.
I’ll leave you with a video I watched years ago that I will never forget.
- How Anyone Can Train Their Own Dog (brendaculpin.wordpress.com)