Dog Obedience Training

owner instructing dog to sit

Teach Your Dog to Always be Obedient

Dog obedience training is the process of establishing yourself as the dominant yet fair leader in the relationship. It sets boundaries and facilitates clear communication. This allows your dog to employ proper manners and interact safely with other family members and with other dogs or animals.

Many techniques and schools have emerged for obedience training. These include marker training, collar & leash training, reward training, whispering, clicker training.

Some common obedience training commands include:

Sit. This is one of the first commands to teach your dog. It allows you to stay in control in any situation.

Come. Teaches your dog to immediately come to you upon your command. You should begin to teach this command to your puppy as soon as he/she recognizes its name. This command could potentially help you protect your puppy from harm.

Drop. This instructs your dog to instantly drop any dangerous or poisonous items keeping him/her away from harm.

Heel. Keeps your dog close by when going on walks.

Stay. Instructs your dog to keep calm and remain still.

Basic obedience training trains your dog on differentiating right from wrong, establishes trust, and provides your dog with a structured lifestyle which will enhance his/her well being.

Untrained dogs are a major cause of stress among people of the same household. This can have adverse effects, and is the main reason for dogs ending up in animal shelters.

Here are some effective dog obedience training tips:

Find the Right Balance between rewarding your dog for good behavior and correcting him/her when things get out of hand. Persistence is key

Never Punish Your Dog for incorrect behavior he/she has not been taught to avoid.

Test – After establishing some basic obedience commands, test them in different situations.

Speedy Timing – Perform the appropriate correction in a timely manner. Delaying it causes your dog to be confused.

Establish “House Rules.” Early On – Setting the basic house rules early ensures a smooth transition and prevents confusion. What areas are off limits? Is he/she allowed in the bedroom? How should he/she treat outside visitors?

Teach Your Dog to Respond To His/Her Name – As soon as your puppy recognizes his/her name, teach him/her to come to you when called upon. This is one of the first commands you should teach and will reinforce your dominant position in the relationship. Use lots of positive reinforcement when he/she responds. This command will reap many benefits as he/she grows.

Correct Jumping Up Behavior – Puppies love to jump up to express affection. Do not pat or praise your dog when he/she jumps up. Instead, ignore him/her until he/she settles, then greet him/her back.

Discourage Biting – Pretend you are in great pain when he/she bites you. This will surprise him/her and he/she should immediately stop. Another method is offering a chewy toy instead.

Offer A Relaxing Environment Upon Arrival – Once your new puppy arrives home, put him/her in a relaxed state by offering him/her a hot water bottle along with a ticking clock. This will emulate the warm cozy environment of the litter he/she left behind, or – if he/she came from a loud shelter – provide a sharp contrast to his/her noisy surroundings.