It is very important for your dog to be absolutely obedient
to commands of his owner. Obedience
training to your dog can be imparted in many ways - two of the more popular methods are typically carrot and
stick methods. First method heavily depends on the stick or punishment approach. Second method deals with the
reward system for the dog.
Leash and collar method of dog obedience training has
survived for a long time now. It is primitive but still mostly followed. The premises of this training method
are based here - leash will be the mode of communication with the dog. Dog must understand the commands, and if
not obeyed to, leash should be put to action. Using leash alone is not sufficient - dog must be made aware of
the good and bad behaviour. Once tracked on the path to bad behaviour, dog can be punished with the
Reward system doesn't believe in punishing the dog. It
follows psychological approach to deal with dog training. Dog is made to know the good parts of behaviour and
rewarded for the same. His ugly behaviour is neglected in the form of psychological treatment. The trainer or
owner walks away from the dog immediately after the show of bad behaviour. Dog is an intelligent animal to
understand the difference between the bad and good behaviour.
Whatever technique is used for dog obedience training, it is
important to know that the training must be consistent. Dogs get easily confused due to double standards
employed. If you expect your dog never to jump on the bed, never let or invite him on the bed. Ensure that your
dog never reaches the bed.
Obedience training starts on the fundamental issues like
sitting, standing, walking, listening to your commands & following those, sitting in the car, etc.
The dog owner can easily impart obedience training. While
training your dog, you have to make him want to do what you want him to. You can't make him do stuff unless it
is fun. Otherwise you are wasting both your time and his.
When playing with your puppy, play at his level. If play is
encouraged at ground level, this builds your role as the dominant, or "top dog", when you are standing and
training your puppy. If the puppy is allowed to jump up and initiate play, then this can lead to unwanted
jumping up as your dog gets older.
From the very beginning, make sure your dog knows that you
are the master. This is usually accomplished with simple tasks such as teaching the dog to raise it's paw for a
handshake; kissing your hand; or rolling over on command to show submission.
There is no need for extreme measures to prove you are the
boss. Obedience training should be both fun and rewarding for you and your dog.
Make sure your dog always eats after you do. This is one of
the easiest ways to show your dog who is the boss. This is especially important if you share your food with your
dog, because if you let them eat while you are, they could develop the habit of taking food right off your - or
someone else's - plate. You may need to train your family to follow this rule too... and that could be harder
than training the dog.
Very active young dogs have short attention span, and some
breeds are worse than others. So it's best to have several short 5-10 minute training lessons instead of one
Start the training at quiet places familiar to your dog, and
be sure there are very few things and people around to distract him. Gradually move the training to places with
more and more distractions so he will learn to obey your commands despite those distractions.
Speak to your dog strongly but not in an angry voice. Be kind
but be firm while training and never give in to what they want. It seems cruel but in the long run you will have
a much better relationship with you dog.
Celebrate after every training session for a good job done.
Have a big play by running and throwing his favourite toys. If you give them a lot of playtime with yourself,
they'll listen to you more.
Don't confuse your dog by trying to use different words for
one command. One-word commands work best, and they should always be consistent. For example, when your dog gets
on the lounge with you, say "sit" and he should sit. Then if you want him to lay down, say "lay" and he should
Also note how well your dog seems to understand your command
words. Some dogs may not be able to distinguish between two words that sound the same. For instance: "lay" and
"stay" sound very similar.
To keep your dog from charging the front door each time it
opens, try putting up a door or gate that he can't see through or hop over. Have him wait until people enter and
come up the stairs. Then give him a treat for waiting.
In closing: no matter how well trained you think your dog is,
he usually has an attention span of seconds. So be careful not to let him run away, because some dogs will
simply keep going and going as they find new things to chase.
Always keep your dog leashed securely when they're outdoors,
unless you have a secure fence. Beware though: Some dogs can actually jump fences, even when you think they're
high enough, and some even climb trees too. And most dogs run much faster than any human can so if your dog gets
loose, it could be quite dangerous for him.
You may find alternates to this by getting your dog enrolled
with some obedience classes or dog instructor. Evaluate all the training techniques, methods, equipment,
infrastructure, experience, etc before taking the final decision on outside help. Remember, the most ideal way
will be yourself to be the instructor. Your dog will love it.