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Simple yet Powerful Principles for Dog Obedience Training

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Obedience training is important and essential to every dog. It not only establishes lines of communication so that you can understand each other better, it is also a bond building process to increase the enjoyment, companionship and satisfaction of your relationship with your dog. This article shows you simple yet powerful principles and tips for effective dog obedience training.

Obedience training is important and essential to every dog. It not only establishes lines of communication so that you can understand each other better, it is also a bond building process to increase the enjoyment, companionship and satisfaction of your relationship with your dog.

Ideally, you should start to train and correct undesirable behaviors as early as possible when your dog is 8 to10 weeks old. This is the period where they learn best and is a vital time for influencing your dog's future behavior. It's definitely easier to train a pup when compare to an older dog. Nevertheless, it's still possible to train older dogs, you just have to correct his bad habits first and then teach him the proper ones.

There are many incidents where owners abandon their dogs at shelters because they cannot understand what their dog is up to. The dogs display annoying behavior such as barking, chewing and defecating all over the place and in worse cases, show aggressive behavior towards the owners.

These incidents can be avoided if obedience training is implemented. Most obedience training is used to create a groundwork from which the dog and his master will learn how to effectively correspond to each other.

In addition, obedience training is also an alternative dog owners can turn to when their dogs are behaving badly. It is one way of incorporating discipline in the dog's behavior. Obedience training makes the dog realize that certain behaviors are not allowed and that he should not act that way. Done correctly, obedience training can regulate your dog's behavior and he will be able to respond properly with the right behavior that is expected of him.

Many dog owners wonder if it would be better to let professionals handle their dog's obedience training. In most cases, it can be much easier to have a professional trainer or an obedience school to teach both owner and his dog the proper way to follow a command. However, if the dog owner feels he can follow simple instructions and do just the same, then, there is no special need for a professional trainer. A good dog training book is usually more than sufficient.

No matter where you choose to train your dog, at home or in a school, there are some universal dog training principles that never change and all dog owners should follow them strictly:

1. Fun and Reward - Obedience training does not necessarily mean that strict rules should be imposed. This is because the dog is not aware of the reasons why he should obey the commands. Therefore, for him to respond to the commands, the training must be done in such a way that the dog sees the activity as something that is fun.

The dog will be able to respond positively if he sees that whenever he follows what he is asked to do, he gets rewards or praises, and that is fun for them.

2. Consistency - It is important to have consistency in the course of training especially when correcting unwanted behaviors. Always use the same "command" for a specific task you require of your dog. Don't confuse him by using different commands for the same task.

Once you've establish some house rules such as - keeping the cooking area or sofa out of bounds to your dog, enforce them constantly. If the dog learns that he can get away with breaking these rules now and then, your previous efforts will go down the drain.

Simple rules and regulations set earlier on should be followed religiously. It is extremely important to teach the dog what he can and cannot do and stick to it consistently. Confusion will only make matters worse. Lastly, make sure everyone in the family accepts and enforce your rules consistently.

3. Timing - Knowing when to correct behavior is essential. Praise your dog whenever he is doing something right. Giving him a small treat he likes will work wonders for most dogs.

Do take him to task immediately whenever he does not respond to your command or behaves inappropriately. Delayed reprimands and praises will have no effect after the teachable moment has passed.

There are 2 main approaches when it comes to correcting your dog's undesirable behaviors. The first approach is the "Direct Approach". It simply requires you to reprimand your dog on the spot whenever he misbehaves ?chewing, barking, digging and biting. This is a more tangible and straight forward approach to training your dog and is easy to understand for most trainers.

The second one is the "Endurance Approach" as it'll require you to ignore your dog when he misbehaves. Using the cause and effect to your advantage, this approach requires you to ignore the dog, especially when he behaves in a certain manner to seek attention.

This method works best by giving your dog attention whenever he is behaving. The rationale for this is that dogs desire attention and will be encouraged by attention. Unlike man, dogs do not know how to differentiate between positive and negative attention. They see things in a simple way. If a certain action gets reaction and attention, you'll bet they repeat it over and over again - cause and effect.

Unfortunately, for most dog owners, we usually give our dog negative attention. For example: Do you let him out of his crate when he groans or do you give him more attention when he jumps onto you excitedly whenever you comes home? These are considered negative attention and acts to motivate him in continuing his bad behavior.

Fortunately, the opposite is true if you pay enough attention to your dog when he behaves himself. Once the dog understands that he'll get attention only when he's behaving, he'll learn that only good behavior attracts attention and he'll repeat his good behavior always.

What you should do is to focus your attention on your dog only when he is behaving; praise him or give him a treat, let him know that he's getting the attention. If this technique is used correctly, he'll be a well-behaved dog for a long time to come.

4. Training Session - You need to be in the correct frame of mind before you train your dog. Don't train your dog when you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or if you've had a bad day and not in the best of moods.

It's best to find a training ground where your dog can concentrate on training and not be distracted by activities around him. You should start your training slowly especially with young puppies. Avoid training a pup for more than 5 minutes and older dogs' training should not last for more than 15 minutes. They will not have the mental stamina to concentrate on training. It's always good to take breaks in between training session.

You should learn to set up the training session to your advantage. One of the best time to start training your dog is before meal time when he is hungry; he will be mentally more alert and response better to treat rewards.

Training your dog is not a difficult task: once you get the hang of it, the rest will follow naturally. Every dog owner has the right to enjoy the companionship of their dogs ?Start training your dog now.