At-Home Training: Improving Your Relationship With Your Pet

One of the most challenging aspects of pet ownership is learning how to properly train and discipline your pet to best fit into your lifestyle. The extra time spent at home due to COVID-19 can be a great time to work on your training skills and help you bond with your pet. Whether you just rescued a dog or cat or have been a pet owner for years, you can always dedicate time to working on your pets’ behavior. Please read this article and discover some free online videos you can use from the comfort of your home to get you started!

Need more convincing? Here’s a few key reasons why you should start training at home today:

It’s safer for your dog or cat

Training your pet can stop them from hurting themselves unintentionally. If your pet jumps up on a counter or chews on furniture, it can actually be detrimental to their health—not just your home furnishings—so it’s a good idea to train them in order to avoid unwanted occurrences like these. Managing your pet correctly can also lead to safer interactions with new people and animals inside and outside of your home. If you have a pet who is reactive or aggressive to other people and animals, ensure you consult a professional before openly introducing them to others.

It builds a stronger relationship between you and your pet

Statistics have shown that owners with well-behaved pets have a stronger bond with their pet. So, having a dog or cat that is well trained, relaxed, and responsive, will lead to a closer relationship with your furry companion. Relationships are built on mutual trust and understanding and it is no different with animals. When training your pet, it is vital to make sure they understand what you are trying to communicate to them. Commands with too many words can be confusing and put a strain on the authority and bond you hold with your animal. With dogs, remember that they are pack animals, meaning they want a trusted and benevolent pack leader to follow. Dogs will thrive when they know what the rules are, and when you spend time positively enforcing these rules, you also are building up between you and your furry friend.

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It’s fun!

Who said learning isn’t fun? The exercises you and your pet will learn are stimulating and engaging. It can keep your pet from being restless and misbehaving by giving them an outlet for their mental and physical energy. Trick training, i.e. “shake,” “roll over,” etc, can be especially challenging and engaging for your pet. After physical exercise and a mentally stimulating training session, dogs who often look for trouble or suffer from separation anxiety may be more likely to be happy getting on the couch and taking a nap. Not only is it fun for your pet, but it’s fun for the owner too! 

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It helps your pet become more confident

Your pet understanding its role in your household and in society is important. If your pet is shy, fearful, or has anxiety from its past life experience, training can give them the structure they need to come out of their shells. Learning commands and how to follow your lead will help them behave and feel more confident when they’re in public and interacting with new people or animals. Even if your pet does not go in public often, this is still important. If people are coming into your home, your pet needs to be comfortable and sociable. Even if you simply take your dog on a daily walk or take your cat to the vet, you are likely come across other people and pets in the process. It is imperative that your pet does not feel threatened and that they trust your authority and guidance to give them confidence in these situations. 

 

Here are some great resources that are perfect to get started for training your pet at home during the pandemic:

 

FOR CATS:

CatSchool

Karen Pryor Academy

Purina

Cat Training

Animal Behavior College

 

FOR DOGS: 

Wagfield Academy

Zach George’s Training Revolution

American Kennel Club Training

Dunbar Academy

Blue Cross

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