Hi, I'm Lainie Johnston, CCDT (CATCH Certified Dog Trainer in Wilmington) Are you getting a new puppy? Need to work on your dog’s bad manners? I offer modern, science-based dog training in Wilmington NC to work in your dog’s environment to make your life more PAWSITIVE.
Maybe you are expecting a baby? Living with a Toddler and a Puppy? Child Care Specialist? As a licensed educator for Family Paws Parent Education, I am uniquely qualified in the Wilmington area to help educate expecting families and those with young children.
I use Reward-Based, In-Home Dog Training because it is great for those wanting in-depth education and one-on-one attention in your dog's daily living environment. Dog Obedience Training sessions are tailored to your specific needs and on your schedule! Please see the SERVICES page to learn more about my in-home Puppy Training and human coaching.
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Why Dog Training is So Important
Proper socialization and training are vital to having our canine friends interact successfully with other dogs and humans. It’s really no different than raising children. The sooner you take an active role in their development and don’t just leave things to chance, generally the better the outcome.
Do nothing in regards to training your puppy, and at best you have a socially awkward situation on your hands when your dog has to interact with other pets and people. At its worst, you may eventually have an aggressive dog that can’t get along with anyone or any other animal. Both scenarios are sad and unfortunate but completely preventable from our rewards-based, in-home dog training in Wilmington. And as a responsible pet owner, you owe it to yourself, your family and your dog to get this training. If you have a new puppy or young dog and need professional dog training in the Wilmington, NC area we would love to help you.
To help you understand the importance of hiring a professional dog trainer, we’ve highlighted below a few of the specific reasons we should train our dogs. After reading, we hope you’ll contact us at Pawsitive Pup Training in Wilmington to get started on one of the most rewarding journeys of your life.
1. Build a Relationship with your Dog:
Starting early and training your puppy helps to build and strengthen a healthy relationship as you both mature in the development process. With just a little of the right leadership and clear guidelines for him/her to follow, you can build an outstanding lifelong relationship with your dog.
Think about it. Do you want a well socialized puppy and trained life-long companion that you view as a friend, work mate and companion? Or do you want an untrained dog that becomes an endless source of frustration as all your time is absorbed yelling, reprimanding, cleaning up after, etc.
Training creates lines of communication between you and your dog. Mutual respect comes easily. It’s a positive, or as we say “Pawsitive,” environment with legitimate two-way communication as a byproduct of non-violent dog training.
Finally, a trained dog is well-respected and trusted in society and is not seen as a nuisance, but is welcome almost anywhere. You’ll be beaming like a proud parent. This has to be positive for your relationship.
2. Avoid “Dog Behavior Problems”:
Obedience training has the power to prevent a whole range of common dog behavior problems. Dogs are creatures of habit. So the smartest thing to do as a dog owner is to develop good behavior habits in your pet from an early age? If you are proactive and set up guidelines and routines for your puppy early on, you can avoid the headaches of dealing with separation anxiety, digging, chewing, excessive barking and more.
And if for some reason a behavior problem develops down the road, both you and your dog will be equipped with the training to work through it. You will know the importance of letting your dog know this new unwanted behavior is unacceptable and you can work to replace it with an acceptable behavior.
Most so-called “bad dogs” were just not taught any better. Due to stress or boredom they act out in a way we don’t appreciate. If you don’t want your Jimmy Choo’s chewed on :), provide the necessary training and offer your pet an alternative.
Consider how nice it will be to walk your well-trained dog in public or make trips to the vet or dog groomer. You’ll actually be proud to take your well-mannered buddy out as everyone else brags on his or her behavior.
3. Safety for your dog and others:
Many dog owners fail to think about how important it is to train their dogs as a safety measure. You need to know your voice commands will be heeded to keep your dog from bolting out into a roadway or from nosing his way into something dangerous.
You also need to be sure your dog is socialized and able to interact safely with other dogs and people, especially children and new visitors to your home.
4. Confidence Building for Your Dog:
Just as humans feel more comfortable when we know what is expected of us, our dogs are no different. Training provides guidance and structure and sets boundaries so there is no guessing. When you are being yelled at for things you don’t even understand, it’s no wonder that anxiety and nervousness are the result. In such an environment, both you and your dog will be frustrated and stressed, and it can be avoided through training.
5. Dog Etiquette:
Ever seen a dog jump on guests or bark excessively at home? How about bolting out the front door or chewing on everything in sight? These actions don’t have to be considered “normal” behavior. Training will address this.
In fact, dog training just may provide a constructive way for your dog to release a lot of pent up energy. In other words use the energy that could be destructive by channeling it into productive obedience training.
6. Create a happy future for your dog:
A young puppy tends to be “cute” to everyone regardless of his or her bad manners or slightly obnoxious behaviors such as jumping up, mouthing and barking. But as they grow older and these behaviors go unchecked, these now grown dogs are no longer cute. In fact, they may become a nuisance and end up pushed away from the family.
This further compounds the behavior problems. The sad reality is these are the dogs that end up in animal shelters due to their behavior - a problem which could have been prevented by a good puppy trainer in the first place.
We have to remember when we bring a new dog or puppy into our lives, we are bringing them into a world that is completely foreign to them. After all, we are not even the same species. How do we expect them to “naturally” know how to interact with us?
Ultimately, we owe it to our dogs to help them fit in by showing them in a loving way what is expected of them and what is acceptable behavior. This is what we provide at Pawsitive Pup Training - professional in-home dog training in Wilmington, NC for the mutual benefit of both you and your puppy.