January is National Train Your Dog Month, and although most people think of training as teaching your dog to ‘sit,’ there are actually a ton of benefits to training that are beyond the realm of just eliminating accidents from ending up on your beloved living room rug. Training isn’t just limited to new pups either, it’s actually just as important for adult and senior dogs to learn some new tricks! Just be mindful of your pet’s capabilities before starting any new training regimens and always make sure to move at their pace.
Training Helps Burn Off Energy
Training new puppies is a great way to release pent-up energy (you know what we’re talking about) and boost concentration, as well as help create and grow a sense of trust and love between you and your canine counterpart. Is your dog considered a senior pet and moves a little slower? No problem, teaching an old dog new tricks stimulates interest in something new and helps keep both their body and mind active.
Training Helps Their Health
You guessed it, trick training is likely to result in better health since most of them involve skilled movements such as jumping. This builds muscle tone and stamina as well as increases flexibility and balance. Just like people, new physical challenges can help dogs overcome physical plateaus that happen over time, and allows them to break out of daily routines that can lead to boredom.
Training Makes Them Smarter
We’re not just talking about increasing their knowledge, but actually increasing their ability to learn! The more you teach your dog, the more efficient their learning becomes. Your dog will be better able to process how to learn something new in a short amount of time, as well as boost your dog’s confidence in themselves and (of course) you!
It’s not tricky to start teaching new tricks! Start with short training sessions every few days, and make sure to keep a few motivators (treats) on hand for your dog so that they see the benefits of training.