Dog Obedience Training

>> 3/16/09

Our focus here is geared toward helping you read your dog and there by deepen your relationship with your dog. The total relationship between dog and master remains the most important aspect of having a dog as a companion. When issuing a command you will want your dog to respond accordingly.

There are several method of approach when it comes to dog obedience training - two of the more popular methods are typically carrot and stick methods. the first method heavily depends on the stick or punishment approach. the second method deals with the reward system for the dog.

The Leash and collar method of dog obedience training has survived for a long time now. It is primitive but still mostly followed. The premises of this training method are based here - leash will be the mode of communication with the dog. Dog must understand the commands, and if not obeyed to, leash should be put to action. Using leash alone is not sufficient - dog must be made aware of the good and bad behavior. Once tracked on the path to bad behavior, dog can be punished with the leash.

The Reward system doesn't believe in punishing the dog. It follows a psychological approach to deal with dog training. Dog is made to know the good parts of behavior and rewarded for the same. His ugly behavior is neglected in the form of psychological treatment. The trainer or owner walks away from the dog immediately after the show of bad behavior. Dog is an intelligent animal to understand the difference between the bad and good behavior.

Whatever technique is used for dog obedience training, it is important to know that the training must be consistent. Dogs get easily confused due to double standards employed. If you expect your dog never to jump on the bed, never let or invite him on the bed. Ensure that your dog never reaches the bed.

There are many commands that can be used in your dogs obedience training, these are the basic commands and will help you to train your dog.

• Sit - This is the first and most basic command to teach you dog. Start by gently pushing you dogs back end down and saying the word sit. They will catch on eventually to what you want.

• Down - This is the second command we want to tackle. Use this command to keep excitable dogs from jumping up on people. To train this command to your dog tell them down when they begin jumping up, do not act excited when they jump on you and if needed, physically place their legs on the ground.

• Stay - Next is the stay command. Placing a treat on the ground and as he moves ahead command "Stay", you can put your hand up as you say this. Move farther away as they start to obey.

• Come - This follows the stay command. Your dogs will need a command to know when it is ok to come to you. When commanding come it helps to change the tone of your voice and put a little excitement into your voice as well. It may help to pat your leg in the beginning; they'll pick it up soon enough.

• Stand - This is the last of the basic commands. Pat your hands on your chest and with some excitement in your voice command stand. He'll begin to know the difference of when he is allowed and when he is not.

Your dog's obedience training should begin as soon as you and your dog are ready. Work with your dog on a scheduled basis. Be consistency when training your dog, have fun and enjoy the time you spend training your dog, The rewards will outweigh your efforts. Having an obedient dog will result in you being a proud owner.

Dog Obedience Training by A. Licata.

A. Licata, freelance artist/writer of quality content and information for all who have an enthusiasm and love for dogs.

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