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Dog Obedience Training- A Good Foundation!
Whether you train your dog yourself, find a professional dog trainer or
enroll in a
dog training school, socializing and teaching your dog the basic
The following is a list of areas
to cover in dog obedience training:
trained dog is a joy to be around and strengthens the human-animal
bond. Just imagine for a moment: you have a dog that comes when called,
does not jump on you visitors, waits in a sit or down position by the
door of the super market while you do your shopping and is friendly
with other dogs and humans. What a joy? It is all possible and not
entirely difficult with the proper training methods. Different methods
work better with different dogs or breeds of dogs. The best is however,
to keep it positive and give lots of praise. Keep the Dog
Training Secrets in mind at all times.
with other dogs and people: This is easily accomplished when
walking your dog around the neighbourhood, dog parks or dog training
- Leash walking: Start this training as soon as you get
your new dog.
- Crate training: This is important for building up a
tolerance to stay in a kennel environment for several hours. Caution:
do NOT lock your dog up in the crate for hours. That
- The sit command: Mostly the first command owners
teach their new dog.
- The down/stand command: Setting boundaries for the
- The stay command in various positions and time
frames. Start with
only a few seconds and build it up. In dog competitions it is expected
the higher levels that a dog should be able to do a 10 minute out of
sight stay. But again, don't rush it.
For real easy dog obedience training, the
first thing you should start with is the attention exercise.
Your dog will not learn a thing if his attention is not with you. Using
would make it easier, but you simply say his name with command "Fido,
look!". When Fido looks at you, give praise and reward him with a
treat. (Or click and treat, when using the clicker). Do it over and
over - varying the time span of focus, at first only one or two seconds
and much later up to five or 10 minutes. Do not try to progress TOO
The basic commands are covered in detail in the various articles on the
Article page. You
can also follow the links on the left for different videos of methods
of easy basic obedience
training or visit our revamped Dog
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