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Thinking of getting a dog anytime soon….Keep on reading 

There are of course many reasons for a dog owner 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 could be many communities require the dogs living in their neighborhoods to 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.

And of course, training your dog well will also make him or her a much better family companion, especially in households where there are young children.  Many studies have shown that proper dog training makes a big impact when it comes to cutting down the number of dog bites and other behavior problems encountered by dog-owning households. When considering training your own dog, or having someone else help you train it, there are certain basic commands that must be mastered in order for a dog to be considered truly trained.  These basic commands include but not limited to:

🐶 Heel – it is important that any dog learn to walk beside its owner on a loose lead, neither pulling ahead nor lagging behind. Exciting dog owner knows exactly what I am talking about J.

Respond to the word 🐶 “No” – the word no is one word that all dogs must learn.  Training your dog to respond to this important word can save you a ton of trouble.

🐶 Sit – Training your dog to sit on command is a vital part of any dog training program.

🐶 Stay – A well-trained dog should remain where his or her owner commands, so stay is a very important command in dog training.

🐶 Down – Lying down on command is more than just a cute trick; it is a key component of any successful dog training program.

🐶 Eat – your dog should learn the word eat so the dog can start eating. The dog should not start eating while his owner is putting food in the bowl for him. The dog should wait until he hears the word “eat”

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 a 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 himself 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 the above basic 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.  Giving the dog a job is more important than you may think.  Dogs were originally bred by humans to do important work, such as herding sheep, guarding property and protecting people.  Many dogs today have no important job to do, and this can often lead to boredom and neurotic behavior. Some owners feed their whatever they want and do not properly train their dogs and asking themselves why nobody wants to watch their dogs for them while they are away. 🔥

Basic obedience training and ongoing training sessions provide the dog with an important job to do.  This is especially important for high energy breeds like German shepherds a close up of a bag, border collies a close up of a bag, Siberian husky a close up of a bag, Airedale terrier a close up of a bag and many more.   Training sessions are a great way for these high energy dogs to use up their extra energy and simply to enjoy themselves.  Incorporating playtime into your dog training sessions is a great way to prevent both yourself and your dog from becoming bored.  Playing with your dog helps to strengthen the all-important bond between you – the pack leader – and your dog.

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There are many different styles of dog training, and finding the one that works best for you is important for creating a dog that is a talented, loyal and faithful member of the family.  All successful methods of dog training work to reinforce the relationship between dog and handler, and the foundation of any successful training program is getting the respect of the dog.  Fortunately, dogs are wired by nature to seek out leaders, and to follow the direction of those leaders.  This article focuses on one of the most popular methods of dog training – the so-called leash/collar style of training.  Many people might disagree and I don’t blame them because I am not an expert on dog training.  Other articles will focus on the other popular style of training dogs, often called reward training or positive reinforcement.

Both leash/collar training and reward training have been around for a very long time, and they have proven their effectiveness over time. I am not sure if one is better than the other but both seem to work just fine. So pick one and get your dog in the best behavior possible.  The type of training that works best will vary from dog to dog, and from breed to breed, or even from owner to owner.  It is important to remember that each breed of dog has its own unique qualities, reinforced by hundreds of years of selective breeding.  Of course, personalities of individual dogs vary quite a bit, even within established breeds. 

You, as the owner of the dog, know better than anyone which style of dog training will work best, so it is important to work with the trainer you choose to achieve your goal of a willing, obedient and friendly dog.  Leash and collar training is the best way to accomplish many types of dog training, particularly in situations where the dog must have a high level of reliability.  For instance, dogs that have an important job to do, such as rescue dogs, police dogs, blind walker dogs, and guard dogs, generally benefit from leash and collar training.

In leash and collar training, varying degrees of force can be used, ranging from slight prompts with the lead to very harsh corrections.  The amount of correction used should be appropriate to the situation, since using too much correction, or too little, will be ineffective.

In a collar and leash based dog training program, first, the dog is taught a particular behavior, generally with the leash.  After the dog has demonstrated that it understands the command, the leash is then used to correct the dog if it disobeys, or when it makes a mistake.  The leash is the main form of controlling and communicating with the dog in leash and collar training.  When using leash and collar training, the dog must be trained to trust the handler and accept his or her directions without question.  It is important for every would-be dog trainer to understand that a leash is simply a tool.  While the leash is an important tool in this form of training, it is important for the dog trainer to be able to eventually achieve the same results using whatever tools are at hand.

Even when the only tools at hand are the owner’s body and skill, the dog should be willing to obey.  Creating a leader/follower relationship between handler and dog is important as well. It is also important to use the leash as a tool and not a crutch.  A properly trained dog should be willing to obey whether the leash is present or not.

Cheers …. 🔥