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Dog Training - The Basic Commands

Feb 6, 2008
There are of course many reasons for owners to want a calm, obedient and faithful dog. For one thing, obedient and trained dogs are happier dogs, less likely to get into tussles with people or with other dogs. Another reason is that many communities require that the dogs living in their neighborhoods be well trained. This is especially true for many breeds thought to have aggression and behavior problems - dog breeds like pit bulls and rottweilers for instance.

Homes with your children benefit from having a trained dog in more ways than one. An obeidient dog will increase a families happiness, time and fulfillments of life. Research proves that dogs with obedience training have less biting problems and less behavioural problems overall.

Hiring a professional can be costly and therefore knowing the simple basic commands of dog training you can do it yourself. These commands are vital for your dog to rank as a "obedient dog".

These basic commands include:

* Heel - it is important that any dog learn to walk beside its owner on a loose lead, neither pulling ahead nor lagging behind

* Respond to the word No - using the simple yet effective word "no" is something your dog absolutely MUST learn. If you teach it to respond well to this word you'll save tons of valuable time.

* Sit - Obvously one of the most basic commands "sit" is an abosulte must to teach your dog from an early stage and is vital for any well outlined dog training program.

* Stay - Another important one is the simple command "stay" which should be used to make sure your dog stays when you want it to stay.

* Down - Having your dog lie down for you is not a "cute trick", but a very smart tool for your dog training. It's also included in most quality dog training series.

Dog training does much more than just create an obedient, willing companion. Training your dog properly actually strengthens the bond that already exists between dog and handler. Dogs are pack animals, and they look to their pack leader to tell them what to do. The key to successful dog training is to set yourself up as that pack leader.

Establishing yourself as pack leader is a very important concept for any potential dog trainer to understand. There is only one leader in every pack of dogs, and the owner must establish him or herself as the dominant animal. Failure to do so leads to all manner of behavior problems.

A properly trained dog will respond properly to all the owner's commands, and will not display anxiety, displeasure or confusion. A good dog training program will focus on allowing the dog to learn just what is expected of it, and will use positive reinforcement to reward desired behaviors.

In addition to making the dog a good member of the community, obedience training is a great way to fulfill some of the dog's own needs, including the need for exercise, the security that comes with knowing what is expected of it, a feeling of accomplishment and a good working relationship with its handler. Dog training gives the dog an important job to do, and an important goal to reach.

Getting your dog to do small jobs and have fun is more important then you may think. Dogs were originally used to do jobs, such as protect humans, herd sheep or protect property. Modern dogs have less of this and therefore they are easily bored. This may very well lead to boredom and obedience problems for your dog!

You may want to look into basic obedience training and have a lot of ongoing training sessions to make sure the dog always stays alert and has an important job. If you have a german shepherd or border collie this is even more important. Having multiple training sessions each week helps your dog gain more energy and has a time to enjoy themselves.

It's also a great idea to incorporate playtime and fun into your activities. This helps prevent boredom on both yours and the dogs end. This also helps bond with the dog and establish YOU as the pack-leader!
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