Training Your Dog to Be a “Good Dog”

Dogs are passionate creatures that wear their hearts on their metaphorical sleeves. They care deeply for their owners and aim to please them as often as possible. Taking a dog to training classes is one of the best ways for owners to teach their dog what makes them happy. This allows the dog to learn their owner and become a better pet.

One of the ways that dogs try to make their owners happy is through protecting them. This sounds great, until it is late at night, and the dog “protects” the family by barking constantly at all the noises throughout the night. This type of protection is not what most homeowners want. Taking the dog to training courses helps the dog to understand the type of protection the owner truly would like.

What makes training effective is the time spent teaching the dog exactly what the owner wants from them. Thus, a dog can become a “good dog” and the owner can be happy with their canine friend. Though a dog may not quite be able to understand the reasoning behind why barking through the night is not good, teaching the beautiful beast what is good, helps them to focus on ways they can please their master.

Betty S. Egger is a retired dog trainer who spent twenty years training dogs. Though she mainly sticks to training the pets of her close friends and family, Egger answers questions for those who come to her wanting to learn some of her expertise. Egger lives with her five dogs in Mercer Island, WA.