Dog Training Tips
Everyone with a dog can offer you dog training tips. Often, people in the street or at the puppy park believe they already know everything there is to know about training a dog, after all, look at their little precious. Well behaved or not, this is the apple of their eye, and because they love them and think they understand them, they believe their behavior to be just normal, everyday dog behavior that is acceptable. Of course, after you get through wiping the muddy paw prints off your shirt that their large lab just mottled you with, you might be polite and agree for argument's sake.
Training a dog is not a once and done deal. When you train a dog, you are asking them to communicate in a language that is foreign to them. If y
u've ever learned a foreign language you know how impossible it is to retain the information if you never use it. Your pup has the same issue. If you train him once to sit and roll over and then ask him to do it again a year later, he probably won't get it. He might sort of remember. But that Johnny on the Spot immediate reflex we all admire in other people's dogs doesn't come without constant work.
Dog experts and regular dog owners alike will never truly understand the great depths of their dog. In fact, one of things that attracts us most to them is their humanistic qualities wrapped up in a package we can't completely understand. And when we get a fleeting glimpse of it, such as their massive and impenetrable devotion to their humans, we feel magically connected to them on a deep emotional level. We want the best for them, and so we convince ourselves that allowing them their 'spirited antics' is part of loving them. This is both true and untrue.
You never want to 'break a dog's spirit.' You want to guide his spirit so he can channel it into good, even great, behavior. That's exactly why it is so important to pick and choose which dog training tips you listen to. Anything that implores violence should be discarded (that includes a well known television program that attracts more attention than necessary) and softer and milder methods can be used.
Your desire is to instill leadership in your dog, not fear or threat. A dog will follow a good leader, and work hard to please a good leader. Think about your daily routine. How often does your dog take the leadership position? Every time you let your dog scurry out the door in front of you or walk paces in front of you, or cut you off as you try to make your way into the kitchen, he is dominating you and you are permitting him to take a leadership position. Simply making a concerted effort to be ahead of your dog will start sending him a clear message.
Don't make it a race. You won't win. He is faster than you. Instead, use verbal commands, like 'wait,' or 'halt,' when you want him to let you pass. Release him when you're sure you will arrive at whatever your destination may be before he does. You'll notice he will try to beat you if he can figure out where you're going. He'll speed up or down the steps just to get there first. He is trying to take your leadership.
As your leadership skills improve, you should never have to use your hands or even a leash to get your point across. Using your hands to discipline you pup may give him issues. You want him to associate your hands with good things like being loved and fed. Use your vocal tones. Use disapproving guttural tones when your pup is messing up and use high pitch happy tones when he's doing a good job. You don't even have to use words, beyond those necessary for commands, just tones.
When you and your pal embark out into the world on a walk, it doesn't matter where you're going or how happy he may be to get there, the leader's place is in front. If you want him to be the leader, then allowing him to walk ten paces ahead of you will suffice. If you want to be his leader, then he should remain in a 'heel' position throughout the entire walk, and even into the home. Remember, you don't want him to be ahead of you when you go into or out of the home.
Think like a pack animal for a moment. If there's danger to the den, or there's suspicious behavior lurking about the den, the leader goes first. The leader asses the situation. You need to let your dog know that you have it under control, and that he is to remain passive to your judgment. It may take a little time, but these simple dog training tips will go a long way in establishing your dominance. As he accepts your leadership, you should begin to notice a marked improvement in the way he responds to other, simple commands, like 'sit.'
There's nothing quite as pure and simple as the love of a dog. They tend to bring out the best in us, even when we feel our worst. The more you seek better ways to train and handle your friend, the stronger your relationship with him will be. Being cautious about the dog training tips you abide by is just another part of being a diligent and thoughtful owner. Considering all we expect of them and how little they expect of us, it really isn't so much to put a little forethought into their daily lives. After all, they live for ours.
About The Author: David Beart is owner of the http://www.professorshouse.com , a site dedicated to dog information, family, relationships and household issues.
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