Little or no training of dogs, whether adopted or acquired as puppies, is perhaps the leading reason they end up in shelters or put to sleep. As a responsible dog owner, it is your duty to spend time training your pet in basic obedience, at the very least.
The added benefit of training your dog is, aside from teaching him to behave well, that it strengthens the bond between you and your dog. The stronger the bond, the better the relationship and your role as his pack leader. A well-behaved dog whose world revolves around pleasing you is the key to ensuring many years of happy dog days in your lives.
There are several methods of training your dog. Each has been developed over time by people or groups that subscribe to different schools of thought and learning theories.
In general terms, they can be categorized as follows:
Learning theory-based techniques:
Canine Training techniques:
For more in-depth information, see "How to Train You Dog," from TheSprucePets.com
Training your dog does not have to cost hundreds of dollars. That said, whether you can enlist the help of a reputable trainer or prefer to do it yourself, YOU are the key to the success here, and as long as you are consistent you will see results. Trainers recommend repeating three 15-minute sessions per day.
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Canine Assisted Therapy (C.A.T.) is a non-profit organization in Broward County, Florida founded in August of 2009 to address the need of companionship and to provide unconditional love to those in need in nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, etc. The dogs are evaluated for the necessary temperament and personality and are also required to pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certification for obedience. All volunteers have submitted to a level 2 criminal background screening and are eligible to volunteer to work with the elderly, children, special needs, and at risk populations according to Florida state law. Training and ongoing support is provided by C.A.T. to both facilities and the volunteer. C.A.T. also provides $1,000,000 in liability insurance for all current volunteers while they are representing C.A.T. as a volunteer in a facility.
Citing a personal email submitted by Debra Berger, Executive Director of Canine Assisted Therapy, a summary of the programs offered by C.A.T. is below (click on the names to read more):