A Well Trained Dog Is By Far A Happier Dog!

The good people at pet365 actually sent me this post on “Dog Training Statistics” many moons ago and unfortunately it’s taken me this long to get a blog article together about their wonderful infographic.  One thing I definitely have to agree with is the first line: “A well trained dog is by far a happier dog!

There are many reasons why I believe this is a true statement.  Here are just a few of my personal reasons:

  • If your dog is well trained then you’re probably spending more time with your dog then the average non-trained dog.
  • Your dog knows the rules and boundaries because as a well-trained dog you’ve taught him these things.
  • Dog training is a great time for handlers and dogs to bound.
  • You as a dog handler understand your dog better.
  • Well trained dogs have been socialized with not only other dogs, but with different kinds of people places and things.
  • If you want to go places with your dog you feel much more comfortable if they are well trained.  Thus your dog gets to go to more different places.

Those are just a few off the top of my head, but enough about my thoughts on dog training lets get to the infographic!

Dog Training Statistics

Dog Training Information
Dog Training graphic created by Matt Beswick for Pet365 – a UK supplier of dog beds, collars and coats. Click here to view the full post.

Dog Training Statistics – Transcription

Infographics are very visual, but some of my readers cannot always see the images on my blog so here’s a little transcription of the Dog Training Statistics Infographic:

A well trained dog is by far happier dog!  Why? Because a trained dog requires fewer restrictions.  The more reliable the dog, the more freedom he is given.  Also, he receives more attention and interaction with family members, visitors, and passer-by then does the ill mannered dog.

“How Well Trained Are They?” My Dog vs Other Dog (Marks out of 10 with 10 being the best)

  • 4 or 5 – My Dog – 16.1%; Other Dog – 46.2%
  • 7 or 8 – My Dog – 51.9%; Other Dog – 23.1%

“Most dog owners think their dogs are better trained than those belonging to other people.”

  • “Sit” is the most well-known command with 9 out of 10 dogs knowing how to put their bums on the floor when told…
  • 99.5% of owners think that rewarding good behaviour is most effective when training.
  • 94% of people do at least some training with their dog at home.  Impressive!

Owners with 3 or more dogs were more likely to socialise their dog when it was a puppy.  Proof that we do learn from our mistakes (eventually)!

Percentage of dogs socialised as puppies

  • Own’s 3+ Dogs – 50.6%
  • 3 dogs or less – 26.5%

“How easy was your dog to train?”

  • Went to puppy socialisation – 9.6%
  • Didn’t go – 4.5%

Owners that went to socialisation classes found their dogs much easier to train.  Only 4.5% of owners that had been gave their dogs less than 3 out of 10 as opposed to 9.6% that hadn’t.

What is the most important command for a dog to know?

  • Stay – 26.9%
  • Recall – 54.8%
  • Sit – 12.9%
  • Roll over! – 0.2%

Have you ever been to a dog training class?

  • Nope, Never – 53.1%
  • I still go* – 14.4%
  • I used to go, but don’t anymore – 32.5%

*This group is what dogs would call “favourite owners”.  Woof!

What commands does your dog know?

  • Fetch – 50.4%
  • Stay – 83.8%
  • Recall – 82.1%
  • Sit – 90.2%
  • Rollover – 24%

So that’s the dog training infographic!  Some pretty cool statistics there, but to me these stats seem a little bit inflated/biased and that’s mainly because the surveys were probably filled out by dog enthusiasts rather than your average dog owner.

I like that the infographic stresses puppy socialization which is an important part of what we do as puppy raisers when when training our guide dog puppies.

For more information about the research of these dog training statistics visit the pet365 website.

Do you have a well-trained dog?  What do you think about this infographic and these statistics.  Tell us about it in the comment section below!

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