Obedience Training For Dogs
There is nothing quite like the rush of excitement that ensues when you first bring a new puppy into home. All the family will crowd around wanting to stroke it and play with it. The puppy may also get quite excited provided it is not intimidated: remember, it has only just left its’ mother, brothers and sisters, so may take awhile to get used to new surroundings.
One of the first things a new owner should do is consider obedience training for dogs. There are few things worse than a fully-grown badly behaved dog charging around the house when visitors call, jumping up on them and barking. Obedience training for dogs should be undertaken as early in the dogs’ life as possible. Remember that a dog is fully grown and mature at about the age of six months, so the earlier you start the better.
Obedience training for dogs is necessary in order to have a well-behaved pet that will do what you want it do when you want it. Dogs are pack animals and in the wild they have a pack leader who issues commands which the pack must obey. In a domestic situation you become the pack leader and the dog must learn to obey your commands.
This is not just to ensure that your home life is not interrupted by the dog; it is also for the benefit of the dog, since you will want it to stop at curbs when out walking, rather than rush into traffic possibly causing accidents.
Obedience training for dogs is available in classes in most areas. However, it also possible to train your dog yourself, but you really need to know what you are doing, otherwise you can confuse the dog. And if a dog fails to respond to a command because it is confused, then you have to accept that it is your fault and not that of the dog. Properly run professional classes are by far the best solution.
Dog Obedience Training in 4 Methods
There are four main commands that you dog need to know; sit, stay, heel and quiet. Personally I only use one of those and that is heel. For the others I use the command “hold it” for sit and stay and “enough” for quiet. I have had two Jack Russell Terriers over the last 30 years and both were trained to stop instantly and sit to the command “hold it”. And both knew to be quiet when the “enough” command was spoken. As long as you can get the dog to do what is required, it really doesn’t matter what command you use. You could say “bananas” as long as the dog knows to sit when you say it!
Heel, of course, is very useful when you want the dog to walk at your heel, or even come to your heel if he is roaming further away.
Obedience training for dogs is only as good as the person running the class. It should be remembered that anyone can set themselves up as a dog trainer – there are no qualifications required. So you could have someone who has simply bought a couple of videos.
It pays to ask a few questions. Your local vet may well be able to point you in the right direction.
One Simple Obedience Tip
If your young dog is rushing around jumping up at you just turn your back and ignore him. Take no notice. What he trying to do is to get your attention. You are his pack leader and he wants you attention. So if you talk to him or shoo him away when he is doing this he has got you attention. Having got your attention by doing this he will keep doing it because every time he does it he gets what he wants – your attention!
If you turn back and ignore him he will soon realize that all this jumping up and barking is not getting him what he wants and he will stop doing it.
One final point to remember about obedience training for dogs is that it is not over when you leave the class. Strictly speaking, the class is there to train YOU – the dog owner- and not the dog. When you get home you have to practice some more until the dog eventually gets it.
And when he finally does you have something that you can be proud of for the rest of his life: a well-behaved dog.