Arlington Heights is a great place to live and a great place for dog owners. It’s centrally located near area dog parks, such as the Beck Lake Dog Friendly Area in Des Plaines, K-9 Dog Park in Schaumburg and Happy Tails Dog Park in Buffalo Grove. But, you don’t have to head out to a dog park to enjoy the summer with your dog, especially if your dog is well trained.
Living with a well-trained dog and a dog that isn’t trained present diametrically opposed experiences. Let’s suppose you’re taking your dog for a walk. If the dog is untrained, you’ll probably find yourself playing a running game of tug-a-war with a dog that wants to go where it wants to go and isn’t all that interested in what you think about the matter.
On the other hand, if your dog is well trained. If you took your dog off the leash (this is a violation of local ordinances – you need to keep your dog on a leash while walking on a sidewalk, street, alley or other public place), your dog will stick close by you and wouldn’t run if a herd of rabbits ran by (yes, a group of rabbits running together is actually called a ‘herd’).
Since you do have to keep your dog on a leash while out for a walk, the leash hang loosely between the two of you as it fulfills its legal requirements but is otherwise unnecessary.
If you enjoy surprises, an untrained dog is full of surprises. Think about finding a ‘pile’ on the carpet in the living room while your company is ringing your Arlington Heights doorbell. How about the surprise of discovering your dog has dug a hole in your new sofa and chewed up the legs of your kitchen chairs, your slippers, shoes, socks, prescription glasses or your child’s homework (yes, dogs really do chew up homework).
Then you have the dog with the jumpies. You’re talking on the phone and they’re jumping on you trying to get your attention. They knock over your toddler who has just learned to walk. When frail Aunt Anne is knocked off her walker, the 80-something woman won’t appreciate it and you’ll be worrying that she might be hurt.
The risk that an untrained dog may bite the postal delivery person, the neighbor’s kids or someone knocking on the door with political campaign flyers is real. Of course, you may not mind that they bite the political canvasser but there’s still that ugly matter of liability. And dogs don’t pay settlements – their owners do.
Even if your untrained Arlington Heights dog isn’t as bad as the dog described above, the experience living with a well-trained dog is so incredibly rewarding, it’s so much less work, there’s really no reason not to train your dog. You may want to try training your dog on your own but you may also appreciate the expertise of an expert to make the most of the process.