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Dogs crave love, play, attention and companionship. They are mentally wired to live in packs with a dominant male / female leader. Your pet looks to you for direction. Without bonding & attention, your pet may develop behavioural problems. Nearly all behavior problems (constant barking, howling, and destructive acts) are normal emotional manifestations of pack behaviour that occur at the wrong time or place or are directed at the wrong thing. The key to preventing or treating this is learning to teach the dog to redirect its normal behavior to acceptable outlets.
One of the best things you can do for your pet is to obedience train it. Obedience training can be the door that opens up a line of communication between you and your dog. Effective communication is necessary to instruct your dog what you want it to do.
Training is also a quick way to establish the social rank order. When your dog obeys simple request of "come, stay, sit", it is showing deference to you, establishing yourself pack leader without the use of aggressive methods.
Your household is your dog's pack. Your pet wants to fit in, to obey you, the alpha. Teach your dog its subordinate role by training it to show submission to you. Most dogs love performing tricks for you to pleasantly accept that you an in charge.
Training should be fun and rewarding for you and your dog. It can enrich your relationship
and make bonding together more enjoyable. A well-
Mili, my labrador pet, with friend.