All About Pet Training

Pet training is a vital part of pet ownership. Despite the fact that the adorable antics of a pet can pull at your heartstrings, not all of those cute antics are always going to be socially appropriate or even safe.

Pet training fosters bonding between the owner and the pet, and creates a mode of communication which brings humans closer to the animal world and brings animals closer to the human world. This cohesive understanding is what attracts us to pet ownership in the first place.

Because dogs tend to be part of our world on a social basis, such as walking, playing in the park, and even part of the family camping trip and holiday party, dog training is essential in creating a socially acceptable pet.

While his excitement was cute as a puppy, a dog that is overly exuberant and can’t be controlled as a 50 or 60 pound dog becomes a nuisance to those who aren’t emotionally invested in him, as well as a safety hazard to those he might knock down, paw, or otherwise disrupt.

Dog training is so popular and an assumed part of dog ownership that new dog owners won’t have a difficult time finding a little help in learning how to properly train their dog.

Nearly every type of bird available for ownership is trainable.Bird training is just as much of a safety issue, although the vast majority of birds don’t spend a great deal of time outdoors.

However, they can be socially involved, and often should be socially involved, when company comes knocking.

Bird training basics, such as stepping up onto a finger as well as complicated bird training, such as teaching him to bring you the phone when it rings, all take time, dedication, and patience.

However, when done properly both the owner and the bird will have a much deeper bond, enjoy each other more, and find that they share something very special that no one else is able to replace.

Properly training a bird (we’re speaking of social birds such as macaws and parrots and the like) can prevent house hold disasters like the chewing of electrical cords. It can also help prevent the dreaded emotional issues birds develop such as feather picking and head banging because a well trained bird is also a bird who receives appropriate attention.

This can help alleviate problem behaviors or clue an owner into the onset of problem behaviors before they become astronomical. New birds have often been traumatized in their journey and have finally landed in their new owner’s home.

The training process helps new birds bond with their owners and find a sense of home and trust after a very difficult trek for the majority. Over half the birds in the United States are smuggled in. Training helps undo the emotional damage done in that process.

A great many cat owners do not believe that they can train their cats to do anything other than go to the bathroom in the appropriate area. This is actually not true.

While not as easily trainable as dogs, cat training is a worthwhile endeavor. While cats can learn cute tricks to entertain their humans, cat training should start with basic safety, like coming when called to assure that should the cat ever need to be located quickly, he will come charging at his owner’s voice.

Some cats will be naturally more trainable than others just as some cats are more social than others. However, with the assistance of some good advice, cats have the capacity for a high level of training.

When pet training basics are discussed on many websites, the pocket pet and small animal categories tend be overlooked. Everyone knows you should train your dog, but what about the pets who live in cages?

Small pets should not be forgotten in the training process. Pocket pets such as rats, mice, ferrets, and other small and furry friends have the capacity to bond deeply with their humans and can be quite easily trained. This makes them much more enjoyable to handle and to play with.

Small animal training requires a bit of guidance, especially for those who are used to the ease of dog training in comparison. But once the pocket pet begins to show progress, the emotional connection between the pocket pet and the human will deepen ten fold.

Besides, whether you are talking about a rat or a ferret or an iguana, you brought the pet home because you wanted a small friend. Untrained small animals become completely unsociable when not handled enough and then the human becomes naturally afraid of being bit.

Thus untrained small animals tend to live their lives tucked away in a cage without sufficient contact, and that’s no life for any of our creatures.

Pet training not only forms emotional bonds between pets and owners and provides safety for the pet in question, but it is part of the process of being a responsible pet owner.

Untrained pets are simply not nearly as enjoyable, which makes the humans dread spending time with their pet and often leads to frustration and disappointment. Well trained pets add joy to the human world in ways that even words can not sufficiently explain.