Frequently Asked Questions

Why Educate a Dog?

When training a dog, it is very important to establish a relationship based upon respect. With the help of Best Paw Forward, dogs can learn to respect humans, but not to fear them. We can help dogs to learn what kind of behavior is expected of them by being their leader or Alpha “dog.”

The call of the wild: There are many reasons why it’s so important for a dog to have an education. Dogs, like people, are not born knowing what to do.

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My Dog is Already Older… Can She Still Be Trained?

The answer is a resounding “yes”! Many people mistakenly think their dog’s habits can never change. (The myth that you ‘can’t teach an old dog new tricks’!) In reality, older dogs are often easier to teach! They may have a few habits to change, but they usually enjoy the training and all the attention they get.

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What Kind of Dog is the Easiest to Train?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions, with one of the simplest answers. The easiest dog to train is the one with the owners who practice the most! Just as practice is necessary to excel in a sport, play an instrument, or any other skill, practice makes a perfect pet too! The more consistency there is, and the more frequently commands and behavior modification exercises are practiced, the better your training results will be.

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Euthanasia Rates… What Can We Do?

The actual numbers of dogs euthanized yearly are staggering. According to information provided by American Humane, (one of the founding members of the National Council of Pet Population and Study), in 1997 there were approximately 9.6 million dogs and cats euthanized in the United States alone! Further details reveal that as many as 64% of animals that enter shelters are euthanized annually, and only approximately 36% are adopted or reunited with owners.

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