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Choosing A Dog Training Course

You've got a dog with behavior problems, or you just plain want your dog to listen to you, but you don't know where to begin. You need help and answers badly, but you don't want to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a professional dog trainer to come to your house.

Tip: Learn to incorporate positive reinforcement when training, in place of treat based rewards. Dogs are eager to please and respond well to positive reinforcement tactics.

Well, you're not alone, there are many people in this situation. While it is true that professional dog trainers usually get the job done the best and in the shortest amount of time, they are very expensive for most people.

But don't give up on your precious pooch just yet because there is help out there: online help!

Tip: Choose from a range of treats to give your dog as training reward. Don't use your dog's everyday treats for training.

There are many dog training courses that you can purchase online that will teach you how to train your dog correctly, and show you what to do about behavior problems like biting, chewing, excessive barking, tearing up your furniture, or peeing in your house.

Tip: You will need to adjust your training methods to suit your dog. Rewards must be meaningful.

Many of the good ones also teach you how to train your dog to walk on the leash properly, so that you're the one in control and your dog is not pulling you everywhere. Some even teach how to train a dog to do tricks.

Tip: Have a good treat ready for your dog when it completes something that you ask. After all, the point of rewarding him is to show him that he is following good behavior.

The problem is that you don't want to spend your hard earned money without knowing for sure which courses are good, and which ones are just a bunch of hot air and tell you things that will never work.

Tip: If your dog has been behaving badly for years, it will be hard to get rid of this behavior for good. It will take a while to change some behaviors, particularly bad behavior which has continued over long periods of time.

So, how do you begin on your search for the best dog training course, without getting burned by a substandard course? Follow these rules when looking for a dog training course, and you'll be one step ahead of the game:

Tip: Realize an older dog's limitations. Sometimes, an old dog will have some limitations for what they can learn.

1. Choose a course designed by a professional dog trainer. This is VERY important, because a professional is more likely to reveal practical dog training methods that actually work. If you can, find a dog training course designed by someone who runs a dog training academy or school. They are the true experts in this field.

Tip: Good behavior means rewards! If your pet successfully completes a task, then reward him only if he/she is calm. You may feel great about it, but you don't want to make the pup feel over-excited.

2. The fact is that dog training courses aren't really for training dogs at all, they're for training people, so you want to find one that is easy for you to understand. Look for a course that focuses on training the owner first, because ultimately it is YOU who is going to be training your dog, not the course itself!

Tip: If your dog barks incessantly, shouting will not help. Shouting at a dog who barks is not a good idea since your dog will interpret this as you reacting and acknowledging the barking.

3. A good dog training course will focus on teaching you how your dog thinks. People and dogs have been living together for thousands of years, but your dog's way of thinking is completely different than yours. That's why most people fail in training their dog on their own and need help in the first place. Look for a dog training course that will teach you how your dog's mind responds to things, and how to recognize certain dog behavior and what it means. That's the mark of a winning dog training course.

Tip: Your dog training program should incorporate at least a little fun. Only train your dog in ten to fifteen minute sessions.

4. The last thing to consider is price. There are many very good dog training courses out there selling for $100 or less. Don't think that just because you spend more money that you will get a better course, because it's simply not true. Some of the more expensive dog training courses are most likely put together by internet marketers, and their only aim is to take your money and give you very little in return. So, keep it under $100, no matter which dog training course you decide to buy.

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