You'll invest a lot of money over your dog's lifetime. Why wouldn't you have it properly trained?
Updated: Jun 7
According to the American Pet Product Association on average when surveyed a pet owner spends approximately $1381 annually on one dog in a household for things such as food, vet care, boarding, etc... So follow me on this one. Let's assume that a dog lives to be 15 years old. The total cost over the life of that one dog. That owner spends roughly $20,715.
I don't know about you but that's a lot of money invested over the lifetime of one dog. For a lot of items and services that are disposable, consumed, or may be frivolous. The overall total could also be more or less. Depending on where you live and cost of living. Also because in the survey the totals reflect what owners on average thought they spent per year on the different categories.
Now if you click on the link and look at the categories you'll notice that obedience training is not on the list. Yet it's the one thing that you'll invest in mostly likely once and it will stick with the dog throughout it's entire life. An investment that can be used everyday and never has to be purchased again. Unless the owner wants to expand past basic obedience. The last thing I would also like to put out and especially if the dog is pure breed and comes from a reputable breeder. People usually pay almost a thousand dollars or sometimes a couple thousand dollars for the dog. Now add that onto the total and think to yourself this.
Why wouldn't you seek out a reputable dog trainer and invest a one time cost into having your dog trained in obedience that will last over the life of the dog. That's literally pennies on the dollar over the life of the dog. There is immense value over cost when it comes to training. If you're struggling with your dog and your dog is important to you. Then make the investment in having it properly trained. Not only to better your relationship with your dog but for it's own safety!