If your goal for Dog Training is to train your dog to do tricks or get rid of aggressive dog behavior, potty train, keep his barking from irritating your neighbors, get him to not jump all over your visitors, general dog care, or to just be able to trust him with your other pets, then Free Dog Training Tips is a great place to start.
I have heard people claim that they were at their wits end and about ready to get rid of their dog. “My dog just doesn’t get it!” or “Nobody can train my dog, he’s too stupid.” We think of sending the animal away to a professional dog trainer and hope that would solve our problems. The truth is that usually dog training requires training the owner as much as the dog itself. Even when the dog is trained by a professional it is often just a temporary fix. Eventually the dog returns to old habits. When a dog owner finally understands a few basic things, their dog seems to get smarter. To train your dog effectively is mostly a matter of understanding your dog better, and communicating with “Doggy Language.”
Just like people, dogs are very social animals that crave love and security. Because of this, we find behavioral patterns that account for both their playfulness and trainability. Dogs demonstrate loyalty and devotion through their ‘natural instincts as pack animals’, which mimics the human concept of love and friendship. This is the main reason why so many of us, see our dog as one of our family, and believe it or not, dogs see us as one of their pack!
Throughout human history dogs have lived and worked with humans, one to the benefit of the other, and this type of inter species relationship has earned our dogs the title of, “Man’s Best Friend.”
Do to the natural instincts of the wild animal nature of our dog; it is important that behavior is modified to live with us in our family. Dogs must be pleasant to have around and we must feel that our children, friends, and other animals, are safe around our dog. Dogs do not figure out basic obedience by themselves, so dog training is a must.
That said dog training can be a difficult task. Many dog owners try to obedience train but fail and give up to soon. To train your dog effectively you must mix about five pounds of patience with ten pounds of love.
A very common mistake that many dog owners make is telling a dog to “Come” and then try to discipline him. The dog quickly learns that the word ‘come’ means, “You’re in trouble and now you’re going to be punished.” Then the next time you want your dog inside, you go to the door and yell, “Come” and the dog runs away. You chase him down thinking “Stupid dog”, then grab him and give him a stern, unhappy look and say, “How come you never come when I call you?” What our dog has learned is that the word “Come” means that you’re angry. What we need our dog to understand is that ‘Come’ ALWAYS means good stuff, so get to me as quickly as possible. No exceptions; ‘Come’ means good, always.
And if you must discipline your dog, be sure to do it while your dog is in the act of misbehaving, such as digging holes. You must correct him while he is in the act, because he won’t associate what he did a minute ago. If you must discipline, tell him to sit and then give him his stern scolding. Remember that correction should NEVER include harmful physical punishment, like a rolled up newspaper. This may make the dog stop the bad behavior in the short term, but in the long run it will make him fear you, instead doing what you want just to make you happy.
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