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Dog training… is it right for you and your dog? This is a question many dog owners ask themselves. And rightly so. After all, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to dog training. Some people consider dog training to be a luxury, while others believe it punishes dogs that don’t comply. Some dog owners feel that training is something they can do without the help of a professional.

So let’s clear things up.

Today, dog owners are beginning to realize that none of the above are true, and finding the right trainer can provide much-needed guidance for both owner and pet. At Silverbrook Kennels we think hiring a qualified, positive trainer will help you and your pooch enjoy a healthier, happier relationship.

Here are 5 reasons why you should train your dog:

1. Dog training builds a positive relationship

Dog training is a great way to build a positive relationship with your canine companion. It helps owners understand how their dog learns and uses positive training principles to make learning rewarding. Positive training rewards your dog for good behavior and helps them be more relaxed and responsive during the process.

2. Dog training teaches important skills

Dogs seem like they have easy lives, but living in a household run by humans requires certain skills. Basic manners like knowing when not to bark and when and where to go to the bathroom need to be learned. A good trainer starts by understanding how your dog deals with different situations then tailors a training program to fit his individual needs.

3. Dog training increases sociability

Training your lovable canine to have good manners and be well-behaved takes patience. As pet owners, we have high expectations for our dogs — especially when it comes to social situations. Working on your dog’s social skills at a young age will give him the confidence he needs to feel less anxious and more relaxed in new and strange situations.

4. Dog training helps curb behavioral problems

Dogs who are prepared to handle a variety of situations experience fewer behavioral issues. Some problems can be entirely avoided if your pooch is given time to learn what you expect of him. Behaviors like excessive barking, or growling at strangers can be dealt with given proper training. Training is essential for having a well-behaved dog.

5. Dog training builds loyalty and companionship

Positive reinforcement along with tempered discipline such as time outs, vocal objection, or ignoring unwanted behavior is more effective than harsh discipline. Positive training helps us foster good relationships with our dogs. Our pooches respond better to this type of training and we feel better knowing strict punishment is not being used.

Silverbrook Kennels’ dog training experts know what your pup needs

Silverbrook Kennels is located on twelve acres and offers wooded trails, a pond, and plenty of open space for your dog to enjoy! Our professional dog trainers will make your pooch feel welcome and get to know him before designing a training program to fit his needs. If you’d like to discuss dog training with us, contact us online at, or give us a call at 540-720-3661. We look forward to meeting your pooch and working with both of you to improve your relationship!

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Serving Stafford & Fredericksburg, VA from our 10-acre farm off Courthouse Road