Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dog Obedience Training - How To

Obedience training is also an easy way to establish the social hierarchy. The most important thing to remember about dog obedience training is that dogs are generally easy to teach and eager to learn.One very good reason for implementing obedience training is to establish a foundation from which you and your dog will learn to successfully relate to one another.

Nearly all behavior problems are perfectly normal canine activities that occur at the wrong time or place or are directed at the wrong thing. The capacity to learn basic obedience and even complicated behavior is inherent in all dogs. Training is most effective when dogs or cats are rewarded for the good or desirable things they do while being ignored, redirected or corrected for showing unwanted behavior.

Training your dog involves a routine of rules that the dog is expected to follow. Training opens up a line of communication between you and your dog. Training for obedience competitions builds on basic obedience training. Dogs are social animals and without proper training, they will behave like animals.

A good trainer will never use food as the ONLY inducement for making a dog obedient, but if your slow performer peps up when you give food, use it to overcome problems. A dog trained for obedience is a content, balanced and happy dog. For a dog to be considered obedient rather than simply trained in obedience, it must respond reliably each time the command is given, by what is commonly known as its handler.

Dogs are pack animals and are genetically programmed to enjoy following a benevolent leader. It is NOT necessary to establish yourself as top dog or leader of the pack by using extreme measures such as the so-called alpha roll-over. Most dogs love performing these tricks (obedience commands) for you which also pleasantly acknowledge that you are in charge. More than just a pet, your dog is part of the family.

Obedience training is the key to having a dog that is an enjoyable pet. Obedience training is not to teach dogs to do tricks or competition exercises, it's to train dogs to be obedient, to do what they're told to do. In fact, obedience training is critical in nurturing the most positive aspects of human-animal relationship. Now, we understand how important canine obedience training is. Basic Obedience training is a must to ensure a well balanced and happy life with your dog.

By: Allen McDaniel

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