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The Importance of Dog Obedience

Oct 12, 2007
We all have rules that we must follow. These rules can come from our government or can be self-imposed rules to guide our behavior. Dog's are much the same way in that they must have rules to follow.

Dog obedience training helps show the animal how they should act and in what manner they must react to outside stimuli. Just as our past influences our behavior, a dog's behavior is the same way.

There are a variety of places a pet can come from. It may be as a puppy from a professional breeder or it could be an animal rescue organization. He or she can also come to you later on in their doggy years as a result of owners moving, being forced to get rid of the animal or from the local pound.

If you get your companion as a grown one, it may have had training. You can get an initial idea of the dog behavior by observing the animal when you go to pick it up.

There are some things you should and should never do when it comes to dealing with dog aggression. The first understands how an aggressive dog's stance can suggest how it will react to you. The first mistake most people make is assuming that all dogs are friendly.

They are not and you can find out this lesson in a very hard way. Always treat a new one with suspicion first. Do not immediately hug the animal or put your face on level with his or hers.

Do not make prolonged eye contact if the animal is growling or standing in a rigid way. The best way to approach an unknown one is with soft words and to allow the pet to gradually come to you.

Once the pet is in your possession you must immediately start working on the dog obedience lessons. You have to establish yourself as the dog's Alpha. In the wild or in groups of canines, the Alpha is the leader.

He or she is the dominant one of the pack. You must be dominant over your pet in order to have the obedience lessons stick.

Dog obedience training applies to all aspects of the animal's life, as well as your own. He must always know that you are the boss and that he must follow the rules. These rules could be house training, walking on a leash, eating food that he finds or from strangers and most importantly...not being aggressive towards other people.

Dog's bond with their Masters and will often show signs of aggression as a way to protect the Master from outsiders or dangers perceived by the animal.

Dog's make wonderful pets and can bring joy to you and your family's lives. Be responsible by training your pet. If you have questions you can look on dog forums for answers from fellow pet owners.

It is essential to show love to your pet and know that he is protected. If you do not think you can handle the dog obedience classes, or can not take the time, then be responsible by allowing someone else to have the opportunity to own and love the animal.
About the Author
Mike Selvon has some great puppy training articles for the pet lover, where you can find out more about dog obedience. We appreciate your feedback at our pet training blog.
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