Training is essential for socially adapted dogs

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — In light of the vicious dog attack on Penny Dunklee, local dog trainer Anthony Gonzalez wants other dog owners to know the importance of training their dogs to be in social settings .

Gonzalez is the owner of Valkyrie Strategic K9 and wants owners who want to own a working dog like a Pit Bull to know that if they are not prepared to handle them it will have a negative impact on their pet.

“Sometimes pit bulls can get very excited and some people can’t channel that energy properly, which is why you see them wandering around or exhibiting aggressive behavior.”

If a dog is not properly trained, the owner will not be able to communicate properly with his dog. This could unfortunately lead to a situation where they attack, like with Penny Dunklee.

“If you don’t get the training right, you won’t know how to train your dogs, so you’re not going to be on the same page, so your communication is going to be totally off, your dog is going to do one thing and natural instincts will take over and the dog thinks he’s doing nothing wrong, but in society that’s definitely going to be a bad thing,” Gonzalez shares.

Gonzalez suggests that potential owners of dogs like Pit Bulls and Shepherds go through some sort of training before adopting.

“If you’re going to adopt particularly as a Pitbull or German Shepherd or in the sense of a high-performance working dog, make sure the owners get the training they need, whether it’s just basic obedience , that’s fine, but I would definitely like to see a certificate or something.

If you find yourself in a situation where a dog is running at you, Gonzalez says the best thing to do is nothing.

“So I would say just hold your ground at this point, you know what I mean, don’t run, try to stay as calm as possible, I know that sounds very difficult if you don’t have never been in this situation but yeah don’t run it will be one of the worst things you can do.

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