How Long Does it Take?
There is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to teaching dogs to be obedient. Dogs have no sense of duty. They do not feel that they owe you because you house and feed them. Dogs can be very affectionate, but that does not mean they want to obey you, especially when they are distracted. Parents take their children to hockey practice, baseball, football, etc., from grade school through high school, and still their kids need to practice to make the team. No one questions this, but people seem to think their dog can learn it all in a few weeks. Dog owners actually get disappointed or aggravated when their dog does not listen to them, but have much more patience with their children. A dog learns slower than a child, because they cannot reason. Dogs can only learn by repetition and consistency, not by reading books or going online. Big difference! You are very emotional with your dog, and this makes for a difficult time when it comes to controlling them. Work towards calmness, and your dog will respond better, and behave when you come home, and when friends come to visit.
Your pet does not have to prepare himself to go out and get a career after school, but he does need to learn his job. For his own safety, he must learn to obey you and respect your property, and his boundaries. Otherwise, he could get hit by a car, or electrocute himself, or get in to all kinds of trouble. With an untrained dog that does not listen to your commands, he will run loose, worse case that he goes into traffic, as well as chewing not only your valuables, but wires in your house that can cause serious injury if not death. To learn all of these obedience traits takes time. Usually one year….sounds like a long time, but think about it. A one year investment for a ten year return is pretty good! Your children go to grade school, high school, and college, sixteen years of education, and then move back in with you because they can’t find a job! Cut the dog a break….
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