Why Would You Want to Train Your Dog? ...
It has been my experience that many problems causing millions of dogs to be given up each year did not start out as problems. Rather, the dogs were not taught basic manners as puppies and owners waited until these antics became problems before taking action. For example, puppies who were not taught biting was inappropriate and now the dog thinks it is fine to nip. Now the pup is grown and the tiny puppy nips are painful bites. The dog is given up for this bad habit that could have been stopped with training starting as a pup;
It is best to teach from the beginning what will and will not be allowed. Puppies, if taught at their level, are capable of learning basics as well as manners. Even if you have adopted an adult or even a senior dog, learning is quite possible. There is no such thing as not being able to teach an old dog new tricks!
Training also reinforces bonds between us and our canine companion. It helps the dog learn pack order and that he is not leader.
Basic obedience training and manners are the basis for many other dog activities including the Service Dogs you see assisting the disabled. It is also nice to know you will have a reliable companion for years to come.