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How to Obedience Train Your Dog

A dog is widely known as man’s best friend. Some people even prefer our furry friends over a human connection. Dogs are not only a beneficial addition to your family; they can positively impact your life. Dogs are also used within the police enforcement or the farming sector to protect herds from other carnivorous animals.

Getting a new dog is exciting, you can just feel the joy swirling around you when you hold your new puppy in your hands. However, that happiness you feel could quickly fade away if you do not train it effectively. Dogs can be impulsive. Often, if they see something they want to eat or chase, they go for it and if they are not trained to stay put at their owner's command, a lot of trouble could break loose. I have outlined a few basic tips on obedience training your dog:

Is a Collar and Leash Enough?

There are a few important items that are required to ensure the effectiveness of obedience training. One of the most important items is a collar and leash. There are a variety of collars& leashes available in stores worldwide. By observing the behaviour and nature of the dog you will be able to understand the type of leash required.

Sometimes a simple leash attached to the collar just won’t cut it, especially if you have a stubborn dog. For instance, if you have a difficult dog that rarely listens to commands and runs towards the fence in your yard, an electric collar will be helpful. An electric collar can correct the undesired behaviour of the dog with ease and rapidly changes behaviour. You can find a range of electric dog collars at specialty pet shops and begin training your dog soon.

Positive Reinforcement

Using positive reinforcement is one of the best methods to obedience train your dog. It requires a reward system such as praise and treats when your dog displays good behaviour. For example, clicker training falls under the category of positive reinforcement as a treat is provided after a click and acts as a conditioned reinforcement. Consistently using this method will condition your dog to believe that clicking is associated with a reward for good behaviour and motivates the dog to carry out more positive behaviour rather than undesired behaviour such as barking or jumping.

Training Sessions

Ensure to schedule time from your day to set up training sessions for your dog. Training sessions should last between ten to fifteen minutes, twice or thrice per day. The timing is important as dogs tend to get bored very easily due to their short attention span. Begin the sessions by teaching basic commands. In addition, limit teaching one action per session to avoid confusion.

Teach Basic Commands

The easiest command for a dog to master is generally “sit”. Begin with this command and once the dog is successful move on to other commands such as “stay”, “stop barking”, “no jumping”. If your dog is still unresponsive hire a dog trainer and learn your dog’s training style.

Enjoy the time spent with your dog, use these tips to start obedience training and make your life a whole lot easier.

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