After I adopted my first puppy, I didn't train him very well. I was too afraid of him getting "mad at me" to scold him when he did naughty puppy things, like chewing up my shoes. I thought he would grow out of some of his bad habits, but it didn't seem like he was. I asked another dog owner at the dog park for advice, and he told me that dogs really enjoy being trained, and proper training actually makes them happier. After that conversation, I started taking my dog to a local training center and he seemed to really love being there! He soon stopped his bad habits and even learned fun tricks. I want to share my dog training tips with anyone out there who needs them and help everyone learn that a well-trained pet is a happy pet!
Dogs are more than mere pets. They're part of the family. However, you can't forget that dogs are animals with their own innate natures. Dogs are pack animals who are happiest when they have firm leadership. In the wild, wolves follow the lead of a family structure with a leader at the head. In your household, you have to be the leader for your dog. Dog obedience lessons are an excellent way to establish leadership. Obedience lessons will help you train your dog to display desired behaviors in all situations. Here are five specific things dogs can learn in obedience classes:
Sit is an excellent first command to teach your dog. It has a wide variety of applications. If your dog has a tendency to get overexcited when greeted by new people, a sit command can help your dog contain himself. The sit command can also help your dog maintain his manners during mealtimes. Tell your dog to sit to keep him from rushing the food bowl as soon as you set it down.
Down is a command that can be easily taught once your dog has mastered sitting. When the down command is given, your dog will lie down and wait for your next instructions. Down is a useful command that will let you examine your dog to check his overall well-being; it can come in handy at the vet's office. Learning the down command can help your dog develop patience.
The stay command is trickier for some dogs to learn. When you tell your dog to stay, he should stay put until you release him. The stay command can be combined with the sit or down commands. In a dog obedience class, you'll practice the stay command with your dog. At first, your dog should be able to stay while you stand in front of him. As his training progresses, your dog will learn to stay, even while you walk away from him.
The come command will allow you to recall your dog. When you tell your dog to come, he should immediately stop what he's doing and go to your side. Some owners prefer to teach their dog to answer to his name rather than the word "come." You can choose the command word that works best for you.
5. Leave It
Dogs are curious, but sometimes their curiosity can get them into trouble. The leave it command will let you control your dog. If your dog is sniffing or biting something he shouldn't be, leave it will tell him to leave it alone.