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Permanently Training Your Dog

Jun 6, 2008
A pet dog is indeed a man's best friend, but only as long as the dog is well-trained. A dog with bad habits can wreck havoc in your home, during meals, sleeping hours and play time. Developing bad habits are easy for dogs, just like a child would. The dog has to be trained to work with you, not against you and cooperate with you on feeding, playing, walking, sleeping and toilet training times and methods.

Owning a well-trained dog will be a great experience, but the process won't be a breeze. It's rather clich, but the training is a journey you and your dog have to take together, in gradual steps. Firstly, you must ensure your family is involved in the training and plays an active part in the process.

Secondly, come to terms with the dog's role in your family. Agree on where the dog will sleep, where in the house it's not allowed, the feeding times and place, who's responsible for dog walking etc. To make sure everyone in the family is known to the dog and a bonding takes place, it's compulsory to involve everyone in training the dog.

Dogs rely on routine. They need a good, solid routine to feel secure, and a secure pet is a happy pet. It is much easier to train a happy pet, after all. For starters, decide where the dog will sleep in advance, and take it there at bed time. And do not let those big eyes blackmail you into letting it sleep in bed just for once - once it is established, a habit like that is very hard to break.

The dog's feeding times are significant to it's proper training. While an odd treat is alright, don't encourage it. Appoint fixed times for everything. Having a fixed schedule is the best way to train a dog correctly, because the moment you deviate from the routine, none of the messes can be blamed on the dog.

Once the essentials are taken care of, you can move on to simple commands. Here, nothing works as well as bribery - be lavish with praise, and fairly generous with treats, and you will be amazed at how quickly he learns.

Dogs love to be petted and shown love, so each time your dog does something right, let it know it did the correct thing by giving encouragement and lots of love.

When your dog does something wrong - and it is bound to - do not lose your temper. A dog trained with love is a treasure to have in the house. A dog trained with fear will have its spirit broken, and a bundle of joy that thinks the world of you does not deserve that
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The importance of proper dog training is paramount. If you do not train your dog properly from day one then you will always have trouble. It is essential that you teach your dog discipline from an early age.
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