Multnomah County Animal Services
PO Box 698
Troutdale, OR 97060
RE: Pet Licensure Suggestion
To whom it may concern,
I have done some research in my writing class about the benefits of animal training. I would like to make a suggestion for the county to include a free training session with the licensure of a pet. Along with a free training session, an offer to provide discounted training sessions within the year that they are licensed would be a great benefit to Multnomah County. Giving an owner the opportunity to take their dog to a training class could potentially decrease the amount of lost or unwanted animals. If an animal is untrained, they will be more likely to not listen to their owner and run away. Also, if they are untrained an owner might not want them anymore because they do not listen and don’t think that they are trainable. Owners may be more likely to take care of their animal and get them spayed or neutered as they build a special bond through training.
Trained pets are less likely to harm humans, therefore making it safer for our community. Most people want pets when they are young because, face it, who can resist a cute little puppy? What most people don’t realize is that becoming a pet owner is a big responsibility. Teaching your pet to behave in our community is the biggest responsibility of pet owners, and probably one of the most ignored. Most people believe they can train their pet on their own. However, professional trainers have skills in dealing with all kinds of behavioral problems of pets that an ordinary pet owner does not. Leaving the training to the professionals will not only help the pet, but also relieve some frustration of the pet owner.
I believe by adding this benefit with the licensure of pets will make Multnomah County a better, more pet friendly place.
Thank you for your consideration
Research Question: “What are the benefits of training a dog?”
Richmond, Mardi. “Control Yourself! The Benefits of Developing Your Dog’s Skill at Self-Control.” Whole Dog Journal 9.5 (2006): 15+. Academic OneFile. Web. 30 Nov. 2012.
Summary: This essay is about dogs that have self control and the importance of this. It says that there are three elements in teaching your dog to have self control. One is that being calm is ok. Two is allowing your dog to experiment so that they learn that being calm and self controlled is the rewarding option. Three is teaching your dog to listen when they are excited.
Commentary: Teaching your dog to have self control is probably one of the most important things you can teach them. For example, my German Shepherd would get so excited when someone would come home that she would jump and put her paws up on your shoulders and almost knock you down. We needed to teach her that it is ok for her to get excited but not to jump onto people. She still jumps high when she gets excited but not on people. Having a dog that knows self control is a well behaved dog that you can take to the park and not worry about them running off and chasing squirrels or other animals.
“Dog Training Benefits Both You and Your Dog.” – FamilyEducation.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2012. <http://life.familyeducation.com/dogs/pet-training/47445.html>.
Summary: In this article, the writer discusses how training your dog can make the owner and dog bond together. Showing your dog how to do tricks to get treats will make it more fun for the dog and not just work. Dogs want to please their owner and make them happy, so training your dog is fun for both owner and dog.
Commentary: Dog’s are very smart, but they need to be trained. They will know what to do when their owner says “sit” or “down”. This is very important to teach a dog so your dog can be more social. A lot of people are scared of dogs because they do not want to be jumped on. Also, training your dog is fun for both of you once your dog gets a hang of it. The owner can show off tricks that the dog knows how to do, and it is great for bonding with your dog.
Pajer, Nicole. “DOG TRAINING.” CesarsWay.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2012. <http://www.cesarsway.com/training/dogtraining/benefits-of-dog-agility-training>.
Summary: Nicole Pajer writes about the four benefits of having your dog agility trained. The four benefits are: Agility will fulfill your dog’s natural instincts, Agility is great exercise for your dog, Agility will help you get into shape too, and Agility helps strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
Commentary: Agility training is an obstacle course set up for you and your dog to run together. The owner trains the dog to follow them and go through the course without missing any of the jumps. Dog agility training is a great way to train your dog to listen to you. It helps them with their natural instincts on how to navigate and it is great exercise for them. They need to jump over things and turn very quickly. It is also great exercise for the owner who has to be able to keep up with the dog. During an agility competition, the dog has to be able to follow your lead during the entire course.
“Dog Training For Obedience – The Key To Raising A Well Behaved Dog.” Dog Training For Obedience. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2012. <http://www.dog-obedience-training-review.com/dog-training-for-obedience.html>.
Summary: This website explains obedience training and how it is essential for a dog to learn. It discusses how training a dog makes the dog less confused when you are trying to tell it what to do. This makes the dog better behaved and it makes the owner and dog closer because it allows you to communicate better.
Commentary: Obedience training your dog is very important for the dog and the owner not to get frustrated with one another. Training a dog to know what “sit”, “stay”, “down” and other commands mean will help the dog behave how the owner wants. This will make the owner less frustrated with the dog and will bring them closer together.