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If You See These 11 Behaviors, Your Dog Might Need Obedience Training

Reader's Digest Logo By Juliana LaBianca of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 12: Whether you recently adopted a pup or have loved one for a while, you might wonder if you should enroll your pet in obedience training. The easy answer for most dogs is yes—especially if they haven't completed a basic course yet. "Any dog can use training," says Nicole Ellis, a certified professional dog trainer with Rover. "It provides mental stimulation and helps grow the bond between you and your pet." But while every dog can benefit from training, some need it more urgently than others. If you spot the following behaviors—which range from fear-based to boredom-based and everything in between—it's time to enroll your dog in obedience training as soon as possible. Just a few hours of training a week could boost your dog's confidence, challenge his brain, and help him feel more at ease in his daily life. And who doesn't want that? For more ways to keep your pup happy and stress-free, avoid these 23 things that dogs secretly hate.

Why is obedience training important?

Whether you recently adopted a pup or have loved one for a while, you might wonder if you should enroll your pet in obedience training. The easy answer for most dogs is yes—especially if they haven't completed a basic course yet. "Any dog can use training," says Nicole Ellis, a certified professional dog trainer with Rover. "It provides mental stimulation and helps grow the bond between you and your pet."

But while every dog can benefit from training, some need it more urgently than others. If you spot the following behaviors—which range from fear-based to boredom-based and everything in between—it's time to enroll your dog in obedience training as soon as possible. Just a few hours of training a week could boost your dog's confidence, challenge his brain, and help him feel more at ease in his daily life. And who doesn't want that? For more ways to keep your pup happy and stress-free, avoid these 23 things that dogs secretly hate.

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