There are certain basics of dog training that every owner should put into play. Teaching these commands will allow for a friendlier and more well behaved canine. These commands include sit, down, stop, come, wait, stand and off. Each one of these commands is an important part of dog training.
The commands sit, down, stand and come are very easy to understand. The commands stop, wait and off however have a less clear understanding. These dog training commands can be used in a variety of situations, such as if your dog were to run off or get loose and if your dog were to ever run after a cat or run off into the woods to chase a rabbit or squirrel. Other times these commands could be put to good use are when your dog gets into something that he/she shouldn’t and you want him to get away from it and stopping doing what he’s doing or when he takes off out the door without your permission.
Some dog owners don’t feel that the heel command need be a part of dog training. The reason for this is because when a dog is on a leash he/she is already being restrained enough and no further action needs to be taken. However people with more aggressive dogs with quite a mind of their own sometimes benefit tremendously from being taught the heel command.
Laying the groundwork for dog training means setting specific rules for yourself in regards to your dog and developing the most positive relationship you can. These rules include being consistent with your dog as dogs respond well to consistent behavior; never resorting to hitting, kicking or causing any kind of pain to your dog (remember that dogs are as capable of feeling pain, fear and sadness as are their human companions); always making sure that your dog is in the best health possible and is well fed; always ensuring that your dog gets plenty of tender loving care and attention from you as well as adequate exercise and time to play and never raising your voice in anger at your dog (simply the change in tone of your voice will let your dog know that he or she has displeased you).The last two rules, although the rules are by no means in any specific order, are to both train and teach your dog to be polite and have proper manners, in the same way you would teach your children and lastly, when you have finished a dog training session end it on a positive note with a reward (such as a doggie biscuit) and lots of praise (a few pats on the head works wonders).
Dog training often gives rise to a well adjusted animal who is pleasant to be around and who has a great deal of respect and love for his/her owner. Remember dogs are also said to be “man’s (and woman’s) best friend.”
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