Tonawanda News —
Growing up, I saw no problem with this story. It made perfect sense. That ideal way to treat an pet still persists in me, and that is one of the reasons why I wanted to start writing a weekly pet column.
To become the best pet caregiver, I have one large piece of advice: Learn as much as you can about training. Pet caregivers know that they have to feed their animal a balanced diet. They understand that they have to give them shelter and water. Some pet caregivers even give their pets the proper amount of exercise. One of the biggest reasons people surrender their pets to a shelter or post them on Craiglist — or worse — is because of behavioral problems. If pet caregivers knew the importance of animal training before acquiring a pet, many of these problems could be fixed within the home.
Training can mend many behavioral problems. When many people think of training, they think of secondary reasons like agility, or cute things like retrieving a beer can from the fridge or showing off your pet to your friends.
The main reasons why we should train our pets include mental stimulation, physical stimulation and cooperative behavior, like teaching animals to cooperate in their own care.
Since we take such good care of our pets, they do not need to use energy to hunt for their food, seek out mates or gather nesting materials. We give it all to them. They still have these innate urges, but since we give them everything they would ever need, they start using their energy on things we may not like. Luckily, training can redirect those behaviors
Training cooperative behaviors — like walking down a busy street without barking or lunging at strangers, voluntarily offering their foot for nail trimming and going in a kennel for safe transportation — are essential as feeding them daily. When we say we don’t have time for training, we are saying we don’t have time for our pets.