Obedience training and your dog

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Obedience training is one of the most important and most
effective things any owner can do for his or her dog. A properly
obedience trained dog is a happy, productive and safe member of
the family, while a untrained dog can be destructive and even

Dogs are designed by nature to follow leaders, and to look for
that leadership. As pack animals, dogs naturally follow the
directions of their pack leader. In the absence of a strong leader,
the dog may assume this role itself. Dogs that think of
themselves as the leader of their human pack can become
uncooperative, destructive and even dangerous.
Proper obedience training opens up important lines of
communication between handler and dog. The basis of any
obedience training program is to gain the cooperation and
respect of the animal. This respect cannot be exerted through
rough handling methods or mistreatment. It must instead be
earned through leadership and proper training techniques.

Basic obedience training consists of teaching the dog what to do
and what not to do. When it comes to desired behaviors, it is
important for the dog to learn and respond to basic commands,
such as heeling when walking, stopping on command, sitting
when directed, coming when called and staying where the
handler directs.

The list of what not to do is also important when it comes to
obedience training. Some of the don’ts of obedience training
include – not jumping up on people, not forging ahead when
walking and, not chewing the furniture or your property, and not
getting out of control when exposed to novel situations.

In essence, obedience training involves establishing the social
hierarchy that is so important to dogs as pack animals. When
your dog follows your obedience commands, such as – come, stay,
sit, heel, etc., he or she is showing compliance and
submissiveness. This is the same type of behavior a submissive
member of a wild dog pack would show to the alpha dog in that

As with any type of dog training, it is important that obedience
training sessions be fun and rewarding for both dog and handler.
A happy, healthy dog will be best able to learn, and keeping the
dog happy during the training sessions will make life easier for
both yourself and your dog. Obedience training has many
benefits for the dog as well as the handler. For one thing, a well
trained, obedient dog can be permitted a larger amount of
freedom than an untrained dog. For instance, a dog that has
been properly trained to come when called can safely enjoy some
off leash play time at the local park.

There is always a debate over whether it is easier to obedience
train puppies or older dogs. The fact is that both puppies and
older dogs can be successfully trained to be willing, obedient
companions. It is generally easier to train puppies and young
dogs than it is to retrain dogs that have developed behavior
problems. Even problem dogs, however, can be successfully
retrained using basic obedience training and control concepts.

When obedience training puppies, however, it is important to
remember that puppies generally have a shorter attention span
than to do full grown dogs. It is important, therefore to keep
training sessions short in the beginning. It is also important to
incorporate lots of play with other puppies, dogs and other
animals, as well as lots of different people. Proper socialization
is very important to creating a safe, healthy and happy
companion dog.

There are many obedience training classes held in all parts of the
country, and new puppy and dog owners are encouraged to
enroll in one of these classes. Not only do puppy kindergarten
and dog obedience classes provide important structure for the
dogs, but it provides important chances for properly
socialization the puppy as well.

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