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Basic Dog Obedience Training, The Importance Of Consistency

Apr 30, 2008
Training your dog is important. A dog that has been properly trained can even save his master's life, should the need ever arise. In dog training, there are many basic things that you should be aware of for your training to be effective. Without these basic guides, you won't really be successful in training your dog.

One of the basic concepts in dog training is consistency. Unlike us humans, dogs have simple brains. They can adapt to a situation once they figure out by means of our consistent application of what we want them to do. For example, you have a dog that, every time you take off your shoes, will tend to take and run away with it. Now every time your dog tries to take your shoes and you consistently do not allow it, your dog will sooner or later figure out you don't want him taking away your shoes so he'll eventually stop trying to take them away from you.

Your dog can easily get confused if the consistency that you apply in your training is made inconsistent by others, like family members. It is then important to have a uniform application of what you and your family members would want your family dog to do. Inform your family members of how do you want to train your dog, so that they will act accordingly.

If you are training your dog and applying consistency, do not let your young children mingle with your dog during the time it is being trained. This is to avoid unnecessarily confusing the dog because young children know nothing about the consistency application that needs to be followed.

It's not just the dog's behavior where consistency is required; consistency is also required for obedience commands -- including yourself. If you want your dog to learn to obey commands, you need to be ready for this area of dog training from the very beginning, and keep at it for the duration of the training. The reality is that many dog owners are not willing to train their dogs to obey commands. So if you want to incorporate obedience commands into your dog's training, make sure that you are ready for it by having the right mindset.

Dog training is a combination of compassion and a little bit of manipulation. For instance, don't punish your dog the first time you give him a command and he doesn't obey. Instead, find a way for your dog to learn the command. You can give your dog a reward (a treat) for obeying a command.

Basic dog training is basically teaching your dog to follow instructions based on reward and encouragement. Encouraging your dog to learn a trick and rewarding him when he does it is the most appropriate way of training him. Remember, however, that consistency should always be applied in any aspect of the dog training to make it successful.

Keep in mind that basic dog training doesn't just involve training the dog; it is in a way also training you, the dog owner. If your dog does not get properly trained, it was not your dog who failed, it was you. It's important that you understand basic dog training concepts (e.g., maintenance, reward, redirection, prevention and correction) and have a good strategy in place. If you do, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the remarkable achievement of your dog in learning the things you want him to learn and do.
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