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Obedience Training When All Else Fails

By Shawn Stern

So you have been trying to train your dog? How is it going? Oh, it is not as easy as you
thought it would be! If this fits your experience with training the dog you have, then don't
feel alone. Many people have problems trying to get their pooch to follow commands. What
do you do in this case? When all else fails there is obedience training.

What is This Training all About?

Obedience training is a structured way of teaching a dog to obey commands. A professional
holds classes for the owners and dogs to come to. These classes are as much about
teaching the owner how to train the dog as they are about training the dog.

What to Look for in an Obedience Instructor

When looking for an obedience instructor, make sure this person has trained your breed of
dog. This will mean he knows the quirks of the personality your specific dog has. Then does
he use positive training methods? These are proven to be the best for getting the results
you want. Is treatment rough of the dogs or kind? Rough is not the way to go, it can turn a
dog mean. When the trainer is presented with a problem is he responding with a solution?

Some Basics for Obedience Training at Home

There are some basics of this type of training that are important to know. One of them is to
have the dog looking at you before a command is given. Some classes allow you to call the
dog's name, in competitions though this might not be allowed. Do not repeat the commands
either. This will lead to your dog not paying attention to them, once only here.

Your voice should not be too loud, just enough to be heard. Also the tone should not be
harsh but firm and kind. When the right behavior has been exhibited you need to praise
your dog exuberantly. Unlike the older methods of training, today there is no need for
choker collars. A regular collar and light-weight lead is just fine. Just make sure the collar is
not too tight on your dog's neck.

Keep training sessions short at home. Also do not repeat the same task over and over too
much. Mix the exercises up too for variety. This will keep the dog from getting bored with
the training. Go onto the next exercise on a high note. Wait until the dog has even
attempted to what is asked before changing to the next exercise.

Do overwork your dog when training it. Keep sessions short to keep the canine focused.
Train only a few times a week more than 4 is too many. Give the dog some days off and just
play with it and make your bond stronger.

You should now understand what obedience training is all about and even how to better do
it at home. Remember this training allows you to have a well-behaved dog. This makes it
easier to enjoy your dog for the relationship it should be.

Content written by Shawn Stern of
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