Posted on January 11, 2017 at 4:05 PM
Any Idea what the number one killer of Dogs might be? Hit by a car, poisoned, neglect, abuse? None of the Above. The number one killer of Dogs is lack of training. How can lack of training kill a dog you might ask? Untrained dogs lack boundaries and expectations, they lack social skills, they don't understand the rules of the house and therefore they can be seen as unruly. Some people with good intentions adopt or purchase a dog and don't really consider the training aspect. Then once frustrated by their pets lack of manners, they end up either leaving their dog tied up in the yard or worse, they surrender them to the pound with the misguided notion that someone else will adopt them.
The fact is that Dogs surrendered to the pound may immediately, or soon after surrender, be euthanized. When a dog is found by animal control they can be kept for up to two weeks awaiting the location of their owner, but when dogs are surrendered they already know that the owner is not looking for them, that they are unwanted and based upon the need for room for dogs that may have owners looking for them, they will euthanize to make room.
Training is the language we use to communicate with our dog. It's how we set boundaries and understand each other. It strengthens the bond between owner and pet. Imagine being dropped in a foreign land where you couldn't speak the native tongue, someone invites you into their home and before long they are yelling at you and frustrated and you have no idea why! This may be how pets feel. Now consider that one day you are shuttled off to a prison and ultimately executed. Sound a bit extreme? Had you just known the language and been able to communicate your good intentions it would have never been an issue.
If you have an unruly dog and you think you have tried everything, what you may be missing is communication skills.