Having a well-behaved dog is a source of pride for both dog and owner. In order to have a "good" dog, the owner has to put in the time and energy required to properly train his or her companion. This is a lot of work and the responsibility lies with the owner. No dogs are born "good" or perfectly well-behaved dogs. After all, they ARE animals and will, if left to their own undomesticated and wild devices, become a nuisance to neighbors, friends, children, other dogs as well as the owner. When a dog has had training and is taught how to behave through attention, love, supervision and a concerted effort on the part of the owner, your dog can be the toast of the town and everyone will love it! Your dog will be able to play with children and other dogs and you will not run the risk of fearing whether or not your dog will bite or cause harm to other dogs.
Obedience training should be on the top of the list for the dog owner so the dog can learn how to be and the owner can learn how to teach it. Obedience training is the foundation for opening up a line of communication between dog and owner. Dogs are very social animals and enjoy the company of other dogs as well as people. Teaching your dog how to have in these situations will make the dog's life and the owner's life better and less stressful. When dogs are lonely and do not receive enough attention from their owners, their natural instincts to destroy your marriages, soil your house, fight other dogs, bark unnecessarily, bite, dig holes and attack other people or dogs will stay in retaliation from mistreatment ( not being trained) by the owner.
The key to preventing these normal canine activities is to train your dog to listen to its owner and value the owner and his or her voice as THE BOSS. Dogs should be rewarded for behaving well and obedience training should be mixed in with playtime. Having fun with your dog and performing 15 minutes of 'sit', 'stay', 'roll over', 'come', 'heel' etc. training can teach your dog to enjoy learning good social behavior, especially when it is rewarded with food or treats. Taking the time and accepting this responsibility to make sure your dog is well-trained at a young age will ensure a life of love and friendship between the owner and his or her dog, strangers, friends, children and other dogs.
The owner is the dog's leader and if the owner lets the dog do whatever it wants it will have an unhappy life of constantly being told 'no' and stress, danger and even lawsuits if the dog behaves badly or hurts another person or dog. A well-mannered dog receives more attention and interaction with people and other dogs, builds the bond between owner and dog and is more appreciated. An obedience-trained dog has more of a chance to live a long, happy and healthy life. It will be much less likely to end up in a shelter or put to sleep.