Training is an essential part of making any dog a treasured member of your family. Choose whichever method appeals to you, but don't skip this part! Dogs have an instinctual need to know their rank. Your dog will be happier because he will know his place in your home, and you will be happier because your dog will be more pleasant and polite and enjoyable. Even young children can take part in training. Joining a local training class is always a good idea, providing socialization and support from a professional and other dog owners.