Offer Training To Your Dog

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Although dog training may come to mind because you have a new puppy at home, dog obedience training is really for all dogs - not just the fancy breeds or show dogs. Training your dog is actually healthy for your pet and will keep its mind sharp. If you are a new dog owner, do not despair. Because Do It Yourself Dog training is much easier than you might imagine. Especially if you have the help of good dog obedience training solutions to give you something to model.

If the why does my dog bark at other dogs won't crate or leash willingly and you're out of time, you will need to corner him. In a small area, this is easily accomplished; just be sure to maintain NON-THREATENING body language the entire time. For example: don't look directly at him, approach sideways, move slowly and calmly. Don't reach over his head, other than to gently drape a blanket or towel over it...if he can't see you, it can have a calming effect, and the towel also makes it much harder for him to deliver a fear bite. It is very important to read up on, and fully understand, canine body language and calming signals before ever attempting to corner a fearful dog (or any dog, really).

Initially you may think that the method is not working at all. However, as is the case with so many things, just be persistent and keep at it until you begin to see the result that makes your efforts worthwhile. Keep each training session brief, and be prepared for it to take several weeks to reach your goal. You should find that it becomes easier as time passes and your dog grows used to his regular training.

It is also imperative that you be consistent and persistent in your dog obedience training. Most of the time your dog will not change their behavior in a single day. If you stay consistent the way you are training them and be sure not to give up, your dog pulls on leash will learn what you are teaching them, it can just take time. It is important not to give up on them if they haven't made any progress after just one day. If you keep your eye on the prize and work with them, all of your hard work will pay off.

You can also try a high jet of water from a high powered water gun or hose connection. Remember to always give the clear, loud verbal command as described above, then if they continue give them the last verbal command and wet them.

Tip: Simply ordering animals to do what we want doesn't suffice - they have free will. It's about being in relationship. It's about learning what motivates reactive dogs each animal.

Other opportunities available for going to a training class is that your instructor can correct problems that he can see you make. Without an instructor around, it will may take longer to realize you are even making a mistake.

Tip: Dog-aggressive dogs, horses that buck unpredictably, and cats who spray all have the problem of reactivity. A stimulus triggers a response. In other words, they react instinctively before deliberating. In our communications with animals, if we can teach them how to build in a delay before responding, we have created the precondition for choice, the choice of an adaptive rather than reactive behavior.

The subject of breed characteristics and instincts is for another article, suffice to say that; no trait is good or bad, it is more about what the human does with the trait that makes the difference between a reliable, well mannered dog and a so called 'bad' dog. Breed characteristics and instincts are a great tool and guide in selecting the right type of dog for you and your lifestyle because, they will form the foundation from which you can both grow together. If you choose the wrong breed for your lifestyle then, you will have problems. For example, if you live in an apartment and choose a working dog breed, what's going to happen? I don't need to answer that question for you, it's too obvious.

The warmer weather is here so it is time to enjoy it with your dog. It could be at a local park or the trails in your community. Dogs love the outdoors but they love it most when accompanied by their best friend!