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Abby Kennels Thanks You For Training Your Dog

Abby Kennels of Chelmsford (abbykennels.com) discusses the importance of training your dog.

Nobody sets out to create a monster.    Zelda is a twenty pound  Scottie who develops Herculean strength the minute a leash is clipped on her collar.   Holden hasn’t met a bicycle he doesn’t want to chase.   Mia barks non-stop.   Buster lunges at every animal in his path.   We’ve all seen it.  Some of us have even lived it.    It’s common enough.  So common in fact that an entire industry has been built around it.  

The problem is, most people have only the vaguest idea of how quickly a puppy will grow and how much work it takes to make sure that sweet puppy grows into a sweet, obedient adult.   The dog you want, the Rin Tin Tin or Lassie of your dreams, doesn’t just happen.  It takes work and commitment and time and energy. 

According to a study by the National Council on Pet Population, Study, and Policy (NCPPSP) published in the July 2012 issue of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science,  96% of dogs being given up for adoption had not received any obedience training.   It’s scary to suddenly be dealing with an out-of-control big dog.  It’s exhausting to live with an energetic small dog who never “hears” you.  A visit to the local animal shelter can be a real eye-opener  –  there are dogs of every shape and size available for adoption. 

Obviously,  we at Abby Kennels in Chelmsford want you to train with us.  We’re professional trainers, passionate about our work and committed to a high standard of excellence.  But more importantly, we want you to train.  Search for someone you trust.  Observe a couple of classes without your dog.  Watch the trainer interact with his/her own dogs.  Find a method that works for you.   Ask questions.  Practice, practice, practice.  Have fun while you celebrate your progress.     If you do only one thing this year for your dog, train it!  Everyone will thank you.

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Rachel January 27, 2013 at 09:09 PM
I didn't know you could observe training classes! That's a great idea!
Julie January 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Thank you so much for posting this blog! So many people don't get how important it is to have your dog trained. It makes your dog a happy pup and also makes you so much happier that your dog is well behaved :)
Joanne A. January 28, 2013 at 02:08 AM
We've actually trained two dogs at the kennel and are so happy with the results. We can take our dogs anywhere because they are so well trained. It was hard but so worth it. Thank you!!!
Abby Kennels January 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM
You should definitely meet the trainer and observe a class if that would increase your comfort level. There are a lot of options out there and it can be hard to choose. We encourage people to come by and watch us with our dogs because our dogs are a living example of our training philosophy. We always treat them with respect and we always have fun! Check out our web site - abbykennels.com - to see some of their accomplishments!
Abby Kennels January 28, 2013 at 09:01 PM
We couldn't agree more! A trained dog is welcomed everywhere! We owe it to our four-legged friends to train them as well as love them.
Abby Kennels January 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM
We're glad you were happy with our training! It IS hard work, but so worth it!
John G. February 01, 2013 at 11:12 PM
A big thank you to Kevin for helping me deal with a dog aggressive dog. I would recommend him as a trainer to anyone!!
Abby Kennels February 02, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Thanks John! It was a pleasure working with you and I'm glad you kept up with all the training. Stop by the kennel sometime and show off all your hard work!

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