This is from the Blog, Something Wagging This Way Comes, by Pamela Douglas Webster. the number one reason to train is of course safety – so many dogs will just run into the road or anywhere for that matter if they manage to ‘escape’. Having them respond to a recall (“come”, or even “wait!” which works well for me) can save their lives.
This article is well worth a read, and just might convince you to research training techniques, and give it a try, or take your dog to a reputable training school such as Scholars in Collars, in Burlington.
The reasons that Pamela outlines for training are:
Safety – Both for your dog and for someone she might approach and knock down (in a burst of friendliness!)
Courtesy – Not going where she shouldn’t (flowerbeds, etc.)
Freedom – A well behaved dog is welcome many more places than one who is not, so she can accompany you more.
Convenience – Having her go to her bed (in our case, one of many!) when someone comes to the door or in the house.
Relationship – Your dog probably likes to spend time with you and win your approval; training is a great way to do this, and build on your communication with each other. It is fun and stimulating (for both of you!).
Enjoy the article (link at top).