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    How to Train a Dog for Obedience Training

    With the proper obedience training, you and your dog will be happier and safer. Learn how to train your dog with some basic obedience training tips.

    How to Understand Your Dog

    Dogs are pack animals and are highly social creatures that operate within a hierarchy. In the wild, dog packs have an alpha dog, or leader, that serves as the enforcer of other dogs' behavior.

    Imagine yourself as the alpha "dog" in your "pack", or family. To properly train any dog, you must get your dog to see you as the alpha while developing a loving and mutual respect between yourself and the dog. This will create the boundary your dog needs to feel secure in the "pack" and reinforce the natural instinct in your dog to see you as his leader.

    Many behavioral problems in dogs are the result of natural canine behavior that is misdirected in an environment where humans and dogs co-exist. This creates an environment where neither the dog nor the human is happy.

    Train Your Dog What is Acceptable Behavior

    A well-trained dog is a happy dog, and as a dog owner, you are responsible for teaching him what is, and is not, acceptable in terms of behavior. Training your dog well will create a happier dog in that he can enjoy more freedom and fewer restrictions without being seen as a nuisance to humans.

    Having training tools handy will help you train your dog at the time the problem behavior occurs. Here is a list of items to consider for when your dog needs positive or negative reinforcement for behavior:

    • Dog collar and lead
    • Dog training treats or dog snacks
    • Bark stop collar
    • Wireless Pet Fence
    • Dog toys

    And of course, give your dog lots of love and affection when he behaves the right way so he will associate your praise with the specific behavior. Similarly, use negative reinforcement at the time an undesirable behavior occurs to create an association with the negative behavior. Never harm your dog while using negative reinforcement.

    Train Your Dog for Safety

    A well-trained dog is a safer dog. To prevent biting, chasing or other dangerous behaviors to humans or dogs, it is important that your dog is taught commands such as "come", "sit", "stay," and "heel". The last thing you need is to find out your dog has been chasing or biting other people or pets.

    Commit to Keeping Your Dog

    Studies show that puppies that receive early socialization and obedience training are far less likely to be abandoned or dropped off by their owners at animal shelters than those who do not receive this early training. Further, it is more difficult to train an older dog that has not had early socialization; therefore these dogs are less likely to get adopted should they end up in a shelter.

    How to Get Started Training Your Dog

    Make training fun and rewarding for yourself and for your dog. This will strengthen the bond between yourself and your dog and make living together more enjoyable. Research ways to train your dog for obedience to determine which method is right for you:

    • For do-it-yourselfers (DIY), there are a wide variety of dog training book and videos written by training experts available at Tractor Supply Co.
    • Dog obedience training classes are available in your area. You can find classes listed in the Yellow Pages under "pet training" or "dog training". Your local park or recreation department may also offer classes.
    • One-on-one private dog training is a good option for dogs with extreme problem behaviors or older dogs who were not properly socialized and trained at a young age.