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Dog Obedience 101, What You Can't Afford To Ignore

Apr 26, 2008
What every dog owner wants is an obedient dog. However, dog obedience is also a major frustration to many because their dog can't seem to differentiate "sit" from its paws. Before teaching any other trick to your dog, it is of primary importance that you teach your dog obedience. Without this characteristic, there is very little likelihood of your dog obeying your other commands.

According to many dog trainers, the most fundamental step to dog obedience is the "Sit" command. One this has been learned by your dog, the rest of the tricks and other commands will be easy to follow. Thinking about it, I believe there is some logic to it. You see, dogs are very restless animals, and teaching it to stay where it is by sitting surely will make the dog agitated because letting it sit means it will be stationary wherever it is. Therefore, if a dog obeys this command, it will also find it easier to obey other rules.

So many things have been written on training dogs how to sit. This is really very basic but will require lots of patience from you. Your dog or puppy may not be interested in this obedience training, so hard work is something that you should expect. Let me show you how to train your puppy to sit.

What you will need is only one item: dog treats. Once you have this, you need to put yourself and your dog in a place where you cannot be disturbed by other people like spectators.

Put the treat on one hand and let the dog smell it or see it. Raise your hand with threat over the dog's head moving to the back. The dog is expected to sit as it follows the treat with its eyes. Once the dog's rear hits the floor, say "Sit" and give him the treat. You may also follow this up with praises vocalized in exciting tone. Repeat this process three to five times then let the dog go.

Training can be very taxing, stressful, and really boring for dogs. So the ideal training methodology is to keep it short but repeated several times. You may train your dog three or five times a day.

Others use what we call clicker dog training. Clicker training is a methodology in which you use a clicker, the sound if which is what the dog associates with the treat. In effect, you do not say "Sit" during clicker training. Although the methodology of the treat and putting your hand over its head is the same, you press the clicker and once the sound is produced, you give the dog your treat. Once the dog almost understands the idea that if its rear reaches the floor and he gets a treat, say 80% of the time during clicker training, you may then replace the clicker sound with the word "sit".

Training your dog to be obedient is not something that you should expect to happen in days. This can take weeks and even months. Whenever you train animals, always think that it will benefit you, not them. So you have to think long term. Either you practice patience now and teach your dog obedience or you'll feel sorry later on.
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