Saturday, September 22, 2012

A True Friendship - Training Your Dog for Loyalty & Obedience

Few animals are so appreciated as the the family
dog. Whether a purebred pup or an adoption from
the local animal shelter, a dog makes more than
a pet, he makes a loyal friend. Of course, some
dogs seem to have an affinity for following
household rules. Some other pups will be
hyperactive, inattentive or stubborn learners.
There is no reason to become exasperated over a
dog that seems reluctant to obey household
rules. This simply means that the dog is
strong-willed and will require extra attention.

One of the first and most important rules for
training your dog is to never, ever speak out in
anger or attempt physical violence while
training. This will only exacerbate behavioral
problems and will cause the dog to develop
further problems, such as aggression and
unwarranted fear.

Always use a stern, but calm voice when
training your dog and only apply steady hand
pressure for certain techniques, never a slap or
a strike. Dogs are inherently loyal and quite
protective of their human family and, if they
are physically abused, they will not know who to
trust and develop behavioral or emotional

The second thing to keep in mind when training
your dog is to have a practically endless
reserve of patience. Certain breeds will learn
to sit, stay and heel as quick as you please
while some other breeds will chase butterflies
as you try to teach them even the simplest bit
of training.

Always remember, inattention on the part of
your dog is not due to its dislike of you.
Rather, dogs such as these are naturally
hyperactive and extra playful. These are
wonderful personality traits and they should be
celebrated. Training of this kind should be
conducted with a firm touch and a stern voice,
not to establish dominance, but to make clear
who is the teacher and who is the pupil.

Not only should you approach training your dog
with patience and kindness, you should begin
training with simple activities that are easy
for the dog to naturally understand. For
example, do not attempt to teach a new puppy to
understand all manner of tricks and commands.

Also, do not attempt difficult training
exercises right away. Rather, begin with simple
commands such as "sit" and "stay" then gradually
work up to more complicated techniques. This will
make training more effective and enjoyable for
both you and your loyal canine friend.

Finally, it is important to remember that your
canine friend is not a dumb animal who is suited
for silly tricks to cause laughter. Dogs are
living, breathing, thinking creatures that have
co-existed with the human race for thousands of
years. They do not shirk the calm hand and stern
voice of a kind trainer. They will not bite or
bark at a diligent trainer who makes certain to
reward good behavior while criticizing bad

Whether a new addition to your family or one of
many dogs, always treat them as you would like to
be treated.

Adrianna Noton is a dog enthusiast and part-time
dog trainer. He has spent many years studying
many different methods of dog training and finds
the methods taught by Dog Squad to be the best.
Visit them online at

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