Dog Training Options

“Dog Training” is a very broad term. The following information will help you narrow down the types of training available for your dog.

The leading types of dog training would be:

1. Behavior –

With this type of training your dog will learn how to act around others. In most cases this includes teaching the dog to behave properly with people and other pets. This type of instruction will help make your dog “fit-in” with the daily family routine. A properly trained dog should go almost unnoticed by most people, except for compliments about their being well-mannered. Dog grooming is also essential to maintain a healthy look and routine.

2. Obedience –

This is how the dog learns to obey your directions and perform specific actions. These actions cover routine obedience skills, like how and when to heel. Achieving the correct response in a timely manner is what required here. Although this type of dog training has numerous merits, it would not necessarily be used to correct a dog’s behavior.

3. Activity –

This is where a dog would be trained for a particular activity such as herding, hunting and search & rescue, etc. It focuses on enhancing the talents of the dog and possible their owner. Frisbee and flyball are some sports activities that have recently been added to this category.

There are instances when obedience training can be helpful with behavioral issues, such as: Dogs trained to heel will learn not to tug the leash.

If you are looking to participate in a sport activity with your dog, it may require a more advanced type of lesson.

Don’t punish the dog during training. Punishment discourages learning. It goes against the desire to follow instructions and gain approval.

Evaluating this information will make choosing the type of training that suits your needs, less stressful.

  • No treats when your dog is unwilling to follow your instructions. Be stern until your desired results are carried out.
  • Always be resolute and exercise tremendous tolerance while training; if you cave in, you will sacrifice your position of being the “alpha influence”. Remember, most pets, dogs in particular are predestined to extend the boundaries you’ve set for them.
  • Don’t be misunderstood, when you “heel” and your dog does not, he will think he is in charge.
  • During training, immediately follow-up with a treat after your dog completes the act. Pets make the connection of fulfilling a trained action with receiving treats and/or a good tummy rub, so they learn to react quickly to receive this praise. {Treats are not required after the action becomes second nature.}
  • Make your sessions easy. When you first start training your dog, teach things that are completed in less than three moves. Once you are satisfied that they have grasped the simpler task, you can move on to things a bit more difficult. Like our children, our pets need to learn the basics first, then gradually advance through each of their levels.

No matter how many dogs you’ve owned, when it comes to training you are always on the lookout for tips and guidance. Remember, dogs have unique personalities which sometimes defy our training techniques, being better prepared to deal with these personalities will help you to avoid ongoing troubles with your four legged family member.

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