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The Art Of Dog Training & Obedience School

One of the best things about dog ownership is that they can be trained to obey commands and are able to make a connection with their owner. Dog training requires a certain amount of patience and determination, but will result in a well-behaved pet that your friends and family will adore.

Tip: Keeping your dog active is an important part of successful dog training and is also good for their health. Dogs, like people, shouldn't be sedentary.

The art of dog training is quite simple, but getting your dog to understand is another story. If you want to teach your dog to sit, begin by giving him/her the ‘sit’ command and push down gently on their rear while putting another hand on their chest and pushing back gently. This will place them in the sit position. If your dog is resistant at first, keep trying but remain calm and be gentle with your pet. One of the most effective methods of dog training is rewarding your pet after he/she has obeyed your command. Once your dog is in the sitting position, reward him/her with a special treat and praise them for their behavior. This dog training practice can be done several times a day, every day until your dog can sit without having to be guided into position.

Tip: Make sure food and outside time are scheduled to help break your dog into being an inside dog. This can help you avoid accidents on the carpet by becoming aware of when the dog needs to go.

It is best to begin dog training as early as possible. If you have a puppy, start early and teach him/her the basic commands. Most importantly, always have a special treat to reward your furry little friend for their behavior.

Tip: If you want your dog to get in a sitting position, have them stand while you hold a treat above their head. Throw the treat right above him and then put your hand behind his back.

If you find that you do not have the time or energy for dog training, obedience classes are given in most areas and will involve another individual training your pet in exchange for a fee. The basic commands will generally be taught, along with behavioral techniques. Each instructor has his/her own way of conducting dog training, so be sure to ask about their methods prior to enrolling your pet. Dog training obedience classes usually last for several hours and are often held in the evening. If you are interested in obedience training for your pet, you can learn more information by watching the classified section in your local newspaper for advertisements or by contacting your local veterinarian or animal hospital for recommendations of a good dog training course.

Dog training, if done properly, will make your dog an ideal candidate for vacations and being in situations where a lot of other people are present. Some dogs become very excitable in the presence of other people, but a well-trained dog can be mild mannered in every situation. Even if they are anxious, a pet that has experienced the proper dog training will be a delight to have around and may also prove to be a safe pet to travel with.

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