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Why is Obedience training not seen as important anymore?

Canine Addict

Mar 22, 2010, 5:10 AM

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Why is Obedience training not seen as important anymore?

I don't know if it's just me but I have been noticing a HUGE trend amongst owners who believe that if a dog is house trained, can walk on a lead without pulling & isn't a barker then it is 'trained'. They have the opinion that commands such as 'sit', 'down' & 'come' are mere party tricks, the object is getting the dog to do them so they can be performed for friends & family...

If they are to encounter a problem with a dog such as it jumping up on people or running out the door, their main focus is just on correcting that behaviour alone without realizing that if a dog knew how to 'sit' & 'stay' when told to, it couldn't jump or run away. The attitude being ''what do you mean tell him to sit, you cannot possible expect him to sit when he wants to jump up on people, can you?''. Now, they have to correct that & retrain the dog...

I really think there has to be more emphasis on the importance of OB training but I just don't see it happening. There is a failure to connect the thoughts of 'obedience training = obedient dog'.

Has anyone else noticed this too or is it just me?

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