socialisation, training and general care
It’s often said that the dog is man’s best friend, but it should be understood that achieving a good, lasting bond between humans and their animal companions is not necessarily a given. Successful bonds take time to build and effort to maintain. Those owners who invest time and effort in positively shaping their dog’s behaviour can expect to have a better relationship with their dogs than those who don’t.
It’s important to remember that dogs need guidance from their owners. Clear and consistent boundaries encourage acceptable behaviour and result in happier dogs. All dogs of all ages depend on their owners to not only feed and care for them, but to also show them how to live in a human world and what is expected of them. It’s hugely important that dog owners provide sensible boundaries and training for their pets.
Dogs that are untrained and unsocialised are often noisy, anxious and unpredictable. They are certainly harder to live with than well-trained, well-socialised companions. Often dog owners think their dogs are misbehaving or being disobedient when in reality the dog has simply not been trained to reliably do the things the owner expects. Owners can’t expect dogs to behave unless they have taken the time to teach them.