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Beginning the Obedience Training

Oct 13, 2007
It is hard not to give in to our beloved puppy when he or she gets into trouble. Those cute puppy dog eyes stare up at us and we find ourselves unable to provide proper obedience training.

Dog obedience training is not about being mean or hurting the animal. It is about making sure that he or she knows the rules of behavior and what the consequences of those rules are.

Pet training obedience begins the moment we acquire our new friend. Basic animal training starts with teaching the dog how to communicate its need to use the bathroom. A puppy is just like a toddler.

It does not know what the rules are and we have to provide that obedience training. Puppy pads, dog training collars and a variety of other training methods are used to start it on the way to knowing where it is appropriate to use the bathroom.

One thing to remember when beginning obedience training is that it is going to take a lot of patience. This is especially true of the housebreaking. The puppy does not know how to hold its bladder.

There will be accidents and it is your responsibility as a loving pet owner to know the difference between being authoritative and being abusive. If you spot the accident as soon as it happens, this is an ideal time to correct the puppy.

Hours or days later the incident is forgotten by the animal so it does not know why it is being punished. You must be diligent.

To train your dog to leash can be very frustrating. You place the collar on the puppy, attach the leash and expect him or her to follow. Nine times out of ten this does not happen because the puppy is unfamiliar with being led around.

He will sit down and force you to drag him. He will whip his head back and forth to protest the confinement of the harness or leash. You have to be dominant over your puppy and teach him that he has to go with you when you want.

Every pet owner faces moments of frustration. Most people do not enjoy cleaning up doggy accidents on their new rug nor do they like to say a sharp word to their new best friend.

It takes time for parties, human and canine, to learn obedience training. If you find yourself at a roadblock, consider finding dog forums that can offer up some nuggets of advice and wisdom from other pet owners. Before long the hard part will be behind you and you can move forward.
About the Author
Mike Selvon has some great puppy training articles for the pet lover, where you can find out more about obedience training. We appreciate your feedback at our pet training blog.
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