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Basic Obedience Training Could Save Your Dog's Life

Dogs live in an environment made for humans, and it’s a world that they don’t truly understand. But teaching your dog basic obedience means your dog will be safer in what can be a dangerous world.

Basic Obedience Is Vital

A dog who practises listening to you daily in everyday situations is one who’s more likely to listen to you if a dangerous circumstance arises.

While it’s no guarantee that the dog will heed you in that crucial moment, you’re tipping the scales in that direction, so it’s definitely worth hedging your bets.

Nothing Fancy - Just The Basics

Don’t feel overwhelmed. I’m not talking about hours of obedience training each day or doing complicated tricks. I’m talking about integrating very simple commands into daily life - like getting your dog to drop/stay at mealtimes, and waiting for the command free before she eats.

Start your search now: find a trainer near you (one who uses positive methods, not punishment) and help your beloved dog stay safe.

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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