What Are The Benefits of Training Your Pet? (by Jessica Nichols)

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


Jessica Nichols


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&gt;.

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&gt;.

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&gt;.

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.



  1. Brittnie

    Great job on your piece! I love the idea of having someone that is a professional, teach others the common things that dog/animal owners should, and need to know. I for one, no several individuals that have no control over their pets and it not only makes them a danger to society but a danger to their owner and their family. One question I did have though is if you had an idea on how this plan would be funded? Would it be all donated hours by trainers or would the organization find a way to raise the money to pay for the trainers.

    Also, this may be a hard thing to get across to others because their are alot of people out there that would never consider getting help from anyone else on training their animal, so it may be a hard agreement to get past. If it can happen though, it would make such a difference and truly impact the number of animals out there that do not have homes and are in shelters. I have found that the majority of animals in shelters are there because they have no manners and no one wants to adopt them. So this would be a perfect plan to eliminate that problem. Great job this term!

  2. Jessica Nichols

    Thanks for your feedback Brittnie!
    You are right, I did not think about how this would all be funded. Maybe the trainers would donate their services so that it could happen because it is very important for dogs to be trained correctly, And I do agree with you that a lot of people do not want help to train their animals. And that is fine if they actually know the proper ways to do it themselves! Thanks again for your feedback and I hope you had a great term!
    Happy Holidays!

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