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If your dog’s aggressive or defensive behavior has made you and your hound less than welcome at the local dog park or in other social settings, it may be time to consider exposing your pooch to obedience training.
Obedience training has many benefits, as it allows you and your dog to establish a relationship that’s based on clear communication and respect. A command-based obedience program clarifies the world for a dog by eliminating confusion on correct versus incorrect behavior. Through training, your dog can learn to be better mannered and more relaxed, which will lead to safer social situations when your dog is interacting with people or other animals.
It’s Never Too Late
Despite popular opinion, training your dog isn’t something that has to be done at the puppy stage, though it’s best to expose your dog to proper behavior as early as possible simply because it’s easier to instill good habits as opposed to having your pet unlearn bad ones.
If your dog is well into its adult years, don’t discount the positive effect of teaching your dog how to behave in social settings. Just know that it may take more time and reinforcement, and consider using a reward system that involves play time or treats when the dog exhibits good behavior.
Remember, regardless of your dog’s age, training takes time and patience, and like people, every dog learns on its own timeline.