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Dog training is an important aspect of raising a dog. A well-trained dog is a happier dog. A well-behaved dog will require fewer restrictions. The more reliable the dog, the more freedom he's given.
Dog training also strengthens the bond between you and your dog. It helps to build communication, understanding, and mutual respect.
Many public places and businesses generally won't allow dogs on their premises. But some will make exceptions for a dog or puppy that will heel nicely by his owner's side or will sit-stay or down-stay without hesitation.
Another example, when friends, family or any guest arrives at your house, there is no need to banish a well-behaved dog to another room for fear that he will be a royal pain.
A well-mannered, trained dog is both appreciated and welcome. Your dog will receive more attention and interaction from family members and passers-by than does the ill-mannered, untrained dog.
A proper training shows to your dog that you're the leader of the pack, the "Alpha." If your dog doesn't respect you as his leader, you may both be in big trouble, particularly if he's unruly or dominant by nature.
Some of the consequences of raising an untrained dog
Without proper training, some dogs are likely to misbehave. If you allow your dog to misbehave, everyone suffers.
You the owner, because you live with the dog.
Your dog, because everyone is down on him for misbehaving.
Your neighbors, because living next to a problematic dog is not fun.
And ultimately every dog owner, because each incidence where a dog creates a nuisance increases anti-dog sentiment and contributes to the likelihood that harsh legal restrictions will be placed on all dogs.
The next part will guide you through with strategies and processes of training your dog to become a fully participating member of the family.
Dog training essentials
let's take a look at what dog training is, ways you need to prepare, different ways or methods we should choose and why.
- Understanding how dogs learn
- Dog training methods and techniques
Training equipment - tools
To train your dog effectively, you'll need the right tools for the job. In the next few articles, we discuss the various tools and equipment available, how and when you should use them.
- 11 Best dog treats for training your dog
- Picking the best dog leash for training
Short and gentle training sessions are required as soon as you get your puppy home.
Puppies are not just able to learn, puppies learn at a very fast pace.
You should take advantage of that short window of opportunity to prevent bad habits or unwanted behaviors from developing.
- When to start training your puppy
Crate training is the process by which you teach your dog to see their crate as their own special place. A place where they can go and get away from things, to relax, feel safe and secure.
Some people see crate training as a cruel method, and it certainly can be if is not done correctly. Crating your dog on a good schedule teaches your puppy bladder and bowel control and limits teething the furniture.
After an effective crate training, the crate will become a place your puppy will love. The following collection of articles is a guide to crate training. Covering why what and how.
Start with the introduction and work your way through to learn everything you need to know about the benefits of using a crate and how to crate train your dog effectively.
- Crate training guide
House training/potty training
Housetraining your dog or puppy requires commitment, patience, and consistency. Dogs misbehave, it is not their fault, they do not know any better. It is your job to teach them how to behave. Follow these housetraining guidelines, and you will get the newest member of your family on the right track in a few weeks
- House training guide
- House training an older dog
- House training your puppy
The training and commands discussed in the next few articles are possibly the most important when it comes to keeping your dog safe and well behaved.
- Obedience training guide
Training your dog to walk on a leash
Getting your dog to walk on a leash is a skill that needs to be trained. Most dogs move much faster than us and love to wander and explore, leading to a lot of racing ahead, pulling and lagging behind and making it a complete nightmare!
When properly leash trained, your dog will walk steady by your side with the leash slack. Like many other aspects of proper training, teaching your dog to walk on a leash will require some time and effort, but the payoff is a dog who is a pleasure to walk.
- Loose leash training
- Stop your dog from pulling on the leash