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What Do You Love About Training Your Dog?

What do you love about training your dog?

I hope I can get as many people as possible to answer the above question.

You know why? It will inspire others to get excited about spending time with their dogs.

For me, that’s what dog training is about – spending time with my dog and learning to communicate with one another.

It’s almost spiritual.

Of course, I also want a polite, well-behaved dog who listens. And that only comes with a lot of hard work and patience (and luck!).

I asked some of my readers “What do you love about dog training?” or “What do you love about training your dog?”

What do you love aout dog training

Here’s what they had to say, in their own words:

Jen deHaan:

“I love how it builds upon and solidifies the bond we share. Both dogs learn how to watch my body, especially my face, for clues about what I might want them to do so the connection we share is strengthened each time we train.


“And the dogs always know that ‘training’ is going to be fun, and great things are about to happen! Anything that involves such fun, joy, and relationship building is an activity to love and do as often as possible.”

deHaan blogs at

Alyx Hatton:

“I love the quality one on one time I get with her.”


Jen Gabbard:

“I love being able to keep training sessions fun by using toys as rewards. Since Laika knows that offering good behaviors leads to more playtime she’s much easier to train; and she’s become my well-behaved best friend in the process.”


Gabbard blogs at

Colby Morita:

“As a guide dog puppy raiser, number one on my list is watching a puppy I trained from 7 weeks to 18 months of age guide his blind partner across a busy street, through a crowd of people, or just a simple walk to school with her children.


“Training a puppy to help another individual regain her independence is the top reason why I love training dogs and puppies! It’s life changing not just for a blind person receiving a guide dog, but for the puppy raiser as well.”

Morita blogs at

Andrew James:

“The main reason I love dog training is that I’m able to make a positive difference in the lives of dogs who need me.

Andrew James

“Also, I get the benefit of working with dogs and puppies every day and that enables me to connect with all dogs on a deeper level than ever before.”

James blogs at

Elaine Bryant:

“For me, training is not just about having a well-behaved dog, but it’s also about creating a strong bond with your dog. You’re a team and you support one another.


“When training a new command, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing that look in your dog’s eyes as she connects the dots for the first time and she ‘gets it.’ You celebrate her accomplishment together because you’re a team.”

Bryant blogs at

Jennifer Jenkins:


“I like the fact that my relationship with my dogs are strengthened and I get a lesson in patience. Also, it is so much fun!”

Barbara Rivers:

“Training my dogs has several benefits I love:

1. It turns them into polite K9s I can take along on social outings.
2. It strengthens the bond between us.
3. It keeps them mentally fit by asking them to perform a certain behavior.
4. My arms very much appreciate not being pulled all over the place when we go for walks!”


Rivers blogs at

How about the rest of you?

What do you love about training your dog?

Let me know in the comments! I hope we can inspire more dog owners to work with their dogs.

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Wednesday 20th of May 2015

I too think the style of this article was a great idea. Thank you for including my dogs and me in this. Barbara's #4 made me smile. It is a HUGE relief not to get pulled on a walk. :)

Lindsay Stordahl

Wednesday 20th of May 2015

Haha! Agreed! And always a work in progress, at least for my dog and I.


Wednesday 20th of May 2015

Maya and Pierson are so excited about training time that they both start automatically doing the spin trick before I even say anything. Their excitement makes me laugh. Maya and Pierson love training time and we all have a wonderful celebration when they succeed at doing something new. Training at our house is not boring at all.

Lindsay Stordahl

Wednesday 20th of May 2015

Haha! That is so cute!


Tuesday 19th of May 2015

I love it when your dog training shows through and you know they get it. Aeon this past weekend was trusted to hang out in the yard. No fence, no leash. And she did it. She hopped in and out of the car for running loads (cleaning out a house) and moving furniture. We did have one issue where she chased after a dog on leash but she's a chicken. She runs up, barks, they look at her and she runs away. I know this is horrendously frustrating for the person on the other end of the leash and thankfully it only happened once. But she enjoyed a day of being outside and getting mental stimulation and trusted. It was a good day.

Lindsay Stordahl

Wednesday 20th of May 2015

I'm so glad to hear Aeon is doing so well in your family! I do love that I can have my dog off leash and I know he won't go anywhere. I take that for granted and never really had to train him to stick close. I lucked out there!

Jana Rade

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

I love the interaction. I love that Cookie enjoys it. It's not training, it's play. And we both love it.

Barbara Rivers

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

I love your approach to this post on training - great idea to interview several of us, and how awesome to be featured!