A Brief Background On Dog Obedience Training

Dog training fundamentals can be summarized by three things - your dog’s attention span, understanding of your dog and consistency in its training.

A consistently trained dog would normally show you respect. A dog must understand that there are things it should and shouldn’t do. Once you’ve made these rules, practice what you preach - reward your dog for a job well done, punish your dog if he or she may misbehave or disobey the rules. Dogs traditionally respect consistent leaders. Dog training can be much easier if you are consistent and, subsequently respected by your pet.

Majority of dog training is about training your dog to focus on you and not on anything else during training sessions. Without focus and attention, your dog will not give you the time of day and may make you look stupid as you yell out commands to no avail. Here are a few quick examples on how you can encourage your dog to pay attention to you. Shout out the word “Watch” as your dog looks at you after you call him or her over by name. Once you’ve done this a few times, your dog would be able to recognize the command as one where he or she has to look at you. A dog’s attention span can be improved, but first, drill him or her on the “Watch” technique - with success. Treats are for dogs and not owners, but you may want to pretend to eat one, then give the “Watch” command to your dog afterwards. Develop your dog’s ability to pay attention by standing in position for a few seconds, then praising. Your dog’s focus should slowly improve, so continue doing this technique till your dog can pay attention for one minute. Now you’ve developed good focus in your dog with a few simple exercises.

Understanding a dog’s mindset is the next step to effective training. For instance, dogs can hold attention only for so long. This attention span usually lasts no more than twenty minutes, and once the twenty minutes is up, dogs usually become listless and unfocused. Try limiting your dog’s training schedule to twenty to thirty minutes. If you wish to further extend your dog’s commitment to training, make training fun. Dogs usually dread training days, so try to make them look forward to it. Your dog needs to appreciate training and why you are doing it for him or her. You can never have enough treats as a prize for successfully obeyed commands - and you should also sound like you mean it when you give praise. Dogs train better when they actually look forward to training.

These are among the simplest techniques you can use, but there are more ways to improve your dog’s training than what can be contained in this short piece. Once you’ve mastered everything there is to know about obedience training (including all of this article), you should have the rewarding feeling of being a good owner and a good obedience trainer to your dog.

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