Dog training – The Basic Commands

Carl J Johnson By Carl J Johnson, 16th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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When you want to train your dog, it is essential that you concentrate on your dog and that you know its capacity. Obedient and trained drogs are happy dogs. The training should be adequate for your dog. You should nevertheless try to get the dog to do more than it could cope with.

Training A Dog

There are of course many reasons for owners to want a smooth, obedient and loyal dog. For one thing, obedient and trained dogs are happier dogs, less likely to get into tussles with people or other dogs. Another reason is that many communities require that the dogs living in their neighborhoods be well trained. This is especially true for many breeds thought to have boldness and behavior problems – dog breeds like pit bulls and rottweilers for instance.

The Basic Commands

Of course, training your dog probably will also make him or her a much better family companion, especially in households where there are young children. Many studies have shown that proper dog training makes a significant impact. When it comes to cutting down the number of dog bits and other behavior problems it helps a lot.

Considering training your own dog, or having someone else help to train it, there are certain basic commands that must be mastered in order for a dog to be considered truly trained. These basic commands include:
 Heel – it is necessary for any dog to learn to falk beside its owner. It shall be on a loose lead, neither pulling ahead nor lagging behind
 Respond to the word No – the word no is one word that all dogs must learn. Training your dog to respond to this powerful information can save a ton of trouble.
 Sit – Training your dog to sit on command is a essential part of any dog training program.
 Stay – A well trained dog should stay where his or her owner commands, so stay is a tremendously beneficial command in dog training.
 Down – Lying down on command is more than just a cute trick; it is a key component of any successful dog training program.

The Bonds Between The Dog And The Owner

Dog training does much more than just create an obedient, willing companion. Training your dog properly strengthens the bond between dog and owner. Dogs are pack animals, and they look to their pack leader to tell them what to do. The key to successful dog training is to set oneself up as that pack leader.

Establishing oneself as pack leader is an extremely useful concept for any potential dog trainer to learn. There is only one leader in every pack of dogs, and the owner must show him or herself as the dominant animal. Failure to do so leads to all manner of behavior problems.

Dogs Learn To Work

A properly trained dog will respond properly to all the owner’s commands, and will not display anxiety, displeasure or confusion. A good dog training program will focus on allowing the dog to understand just what one expect it to do, and will use positive reinforcement to reward desired behaviors.

To get the dog a outstanding member of the community, obedience training is an excellent way to fulfill some of the dog’s individual needs, including the need for exercise, the confidence that comes with knowing what to think of it, a feeling of accomplishment and an excellent working relationship with its handler. Dog training gives the dog a solid job to do, and an urgent goal to achieve.

Giving the dog a job is more powerful than one may think. Dogs learned to do significant work. They were herding sheep, guarding property and protecting people. Many dogs today have no overriding job to do, and this can often lead to frustration and irrational behavior.

Do Not Forget To Play With Your Dog

Basic obedience training and ongoing training sessions, give the dog an important job to do. This is especially critical for high energy breeds like German shepherds and border collies. Training sessions are an excellent way for these high energy dogs to use up their extra energy and simply to enjoy themselves.

Incorporating playtime into your dog training sessions is an excellent way to prevent your dog from becoming bored. Playing with your dog helps to strengthen the all important bond between you – the pack leader – and your dog.


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author avatar Carl J Johnson
Born in Turku, Finland. Now living Sweden. A criminal defence lawyer for almost 40 years. Now retired. Fond of writing and reading. Spears. Swedish, Finnish, German and English.

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