Basic Dog Obedience Training
Learn Dog Obedience Training Tips
“Any dog can benefit from learning dog obedience, whether you have
a tiny Toy dog or a giant breed.”
Does my dog need basic dog obedience training? Most dog owners would like for their dogs to have good manners. No one really enjoys being around a dog who barks too much, jumps on them, or who has other dog behavior problems. One good way to have a well-behaved dog is by providing obedience training for him.
What is Dog Obedience Training?
Obedience training generally teaches your dog basic commands such as sit, stay, lie down, to come when called, and how to walk calmly on a leash without pulling.
Which dogs can benefit from obedience training?
Any dog can benefit from learning dog obedience, whether you have a tiny Toy dog or a giant breed. Of course, in most cases the larger your dog the more important it is for your dog to be under your control so he won't accidentally hurt someone.
If you have a Great Dane who likes to jump up on people, he can be a menace. However, when it comes to living with a dog, every dog can learn important lessons from basic dog obedience training. Obedience training will help teach your dog better manners and stop many dog behavior problems in the home. Even Toy dogs can become obnoxious in the home if they never have any training.
How do I teach my dog basic dog obedience training?
There are several good ways to go about teaching your dog basic dog obedience training. Many people have training success by attending dog obedience classes with their dogs. There may be training schools, kennel clubs or animal shelters in your area which offer obedience classes. Some pet stores also offer obedience classes. Private trainers may also offer classes in your area, either at their place of business or in your own home.
Check around before signing up for any dog obedience class. Talk to the trainer. Ask what kind of training methods they use. There are different training methods such as positive reinforcement (praise and rewards), traditional dog training (which may use a slip chain collar and corrections), dog whispering, and training which uses a combination of methods. Make sure that you and your dog like the trainer and approve of his or her methods before committing to any classes.
You may also choose to train your dog at home. This is a perfectly acceptable option. There are many good books and articles on dog training, as well as DVDs and other training aids.
Many people have successfully trained their dog at home. If you have questions or need help you can always consult with a trainer. There are also many e-lists and resources online for people who train at home.
What are some dog obedience training tips?
There are a few dog obedience training tips that can make your basic dog obedience training more successful. Keep the following tips in mind:
- When you train, stay positive and cheerful. Your dog is very sensitive and he can tell how you feel. If you are positive and cheerful your dog will have a good attitude about training. A positive attitude makes your dog want to learn and please you.
- Make your training sessions short. It's better to have a couple of 15-20 minute training sessions during the day rather than one marathon session. Don't make training boring and dull for your dog. Keep it fun. Teach your dog his lesson, practice it, and then have some play.
- Use praise and reward when you’re training your dog. Your dog has a natural desire to please you. Use this to your advantage when training. Your dog will learn faster if you use praise and reward to encourage him instead of shutting him down with punishment and lots of corrections. And remember that rewards don't have to be food. They can be anything that your dog loves, such as belly rubs or playing with a favorite toy.
- Don't train when you're in a bad mood. Your dog can sense your mood. If you're in a bad mood, postpone training to a better time.
- Be consistent. Train daily. You can't expect your dog to learn if you only train once in a while. And make sure that you always reward your dog for the same things. Your dog will be confused if you reward him for something one time and the next time you reward him for doing something different.
- Always end your sessions by doing something positive so your dog has a good feeling about the training. Even if the lesson hasn't been going well, you can go back and do something easy so your dog ends on a high note.
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