Teach your dog good behavior

Teach Your Dog Good Behavior, Obedience Training Guide

Teach Your Dog Good Behavior

A Simple Guide

Teach your dog good behavior
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Do you have an unruly dog? Is he a master of selective hearing while you’re screaming your lungs out for him to “come, sit or stay?”  Is he happily chasing a squirrel across the street with cars coming both ways?  It’s time to teach your dog good behavior.

You cannot expect your dog to heed your commands if he is not trained to do so, and to do so consistently.  You can’t expect him to understand those words unless you teach him what they mean. Dogs are smart and they want to please their owners.  They need your approval.  It’s a win-win situation.  Teach your dog good behavior.  You’ll be happy and he’ll be safe.

Obedience training is not rocket science.  It just takes a little bit of know-how on your part, consistency, and lots of patience.  Ten or fifteen minutes a day training your pooch will make all the difference in the world.  It’s also great for bonding with your dog.  Believe me.

If you decide to go it alone at home, there are wonderful books out there to educate you on the basic commands.  Or, you might consider is taking your dog to obedience school.  This is an excellent choice.   It’s your chance to learn from professionals and a great way to teach your dog socialization skills as well.

Teach Your Dog Good Behavior – A Few Guidelines

Consistency, Consistency, Consistency – Got that?

dog obedience, consistence is keyI can’t emphasize this enough.  Do NOT spend precious time each day trying to teach your dog good behavior with the “sit” command, for example, and then let him get away with getting up and running away another time.  “Sit” means just that.  “Sit!”  Expect your dog to make mistakes.  Realize that it will take a couple of weeks for him to fully learn.  But don’t let him get away with disobeying you on a consistent basis.  Otherwise, why should he listen to you?  There’s a squirrel over there!

Not only do you need to stay consist, but your family members must learn this too.  Your dog need to obey the command from all of you, not just some of you. Be consistent, also, with the words you train with.  Use the same words for the same tasks each time.  Don’t create the confusion in him by using an entirely different command for the same task.  This is an important point for the entire household.

Praise and Rewards

When you teach your dog good behavior, always praise your pooch for obeying your command correctly.  Make it obvious that you are happy withdog obedience him.  If you want to use treats as a reward, do so carefully.  You don’t want your dog to be overweight!  You might consider treating your dog now and then, instead of after each and every good job.  He’ll soon associate the treat with the good behavior and be more than willing to abide.

If Fido is just not in the mood, there are too many distractions, or whatever, stop your training and try again later.  Do NOT hit, scold. kick or yell at your dog when he is not complying.  This will only put a negative slant on things and will backfire on you.  It is very important to make this pleasant for both of you.

Timing

dog obedience clockThere are things to consider about when is the best time to carve out a time slot for obedience training.  Try to find a time when there are no distractions for your dog.  You want all his attention on you and what you’re saying.  Later, after he starts to understand and have some success, then you can start to teach your dog good behavior anywhere, with other people around, other animals, etc.

Don’t try to train your dog when he is tired, sick, or hungry.  He won’t want to listen to you, and you’ll just get frustrated.  Keep it positive. Dog obedience training requires too much patience so it is best to have you both in the correct frame of mind.

Please, never try to train your dog when you are in a bad mood.  It’s not fair to the dog and can only backfire.

When you teach your dog good behavior everyone benefits.  You and your dog will be bonded, your friends and neighbors will notice and comment on your dog’s perfect manners.  And, you dog will be safer and happier.

Stay tuned for more dog training tips in the future. Take care and, most of all, have fun!

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22 thoughts on “Teach Your Dog Good Behavior, Obedience Training Guide

  1. However much I don’t want to admit it, it’s true that your dog can’t heed your commands if he is not trained to do so. It’s good to know that good obedience training takes 15 minutes a day and a lot of patience. I will be sure to be very consistent with my 5 month old lab. Thanks!

  2. I love this! I have been training my dog for a little while now and I see so much progress and improvement. With him, we had to socialize him and get him ready for being around different animals and make sure he is praised and loved on as otherwise he becomes stubborn and just ignores everyone! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for taking the time to check out our post, Larissa. It’s funny how training dogs can be like talking to a 2-year-old. If you praise, all (usually) goes well. If not, mayhem! I checked out your site and shared it on social media. Thanks so much! Do come again.

  3. I’m glad that you said to be careful if you use treats to reward your dog for good behavior. Not only can treats make your dog fat, but they can also lead to your dog refusing to obey if they don’t see a treat. Like you said, rewarding good behavior with a treat only sparingly will still lead your dog to associate good behavior with a reward without the other risks. Thanks for the article.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my post, Hazel. I appreciate your comment about giving dog treats sparingly during training. Not only is it possible that the dog will refuse to behave if there are no treats in sight, but giving your dog too many treats can easily lead to an over-weight dog. Thanks a bunch!

  4. In my opinion, obedience is the best thing that you can teach your dog. Like you say, you cannot expect your dog to heed your commands if you don’t train him. I would challenge every dog owner to take the time to train their dog obedience! It’s worth it!

    • Hey Westly. Thanks for your comment. You’re right – it’s definitely worth it to train your dog. The time it takes will be worth it in then end, when you have a properly behaved, well-bonded dog. I’m glad you stopped by! Cheers.

  5. Obedience training is what makes your dog like you’ve said in this article. It is shocking to see that people are not willing to put in the effort for that and then blame the poor thing for being a bad doggie.

  6. Jeanne,

    You make such an important point when you say; “You cannot expect your dog to heed your commands if he is not trained to do so, and to do so consistently. You can’t expect him to understand those words unless you teach him what they mean.”

    I find myself repeating this over and over to my clients and new adoptive parents at the shelter I volunteer at. But I still get calls from desperate people complaining that their dog doesn’t listen. I mean, no one would expect their child to just know how to act in social situations, for example. They teach their kids.

    I guess it’s a case of training people about dogs. Something your post does perfectly!
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    • It’s true that it’s the people who need to be trained about dogs, Rosemary. This is something that a surprising number of people don’t understand. They don’t teach their dog, the dog doesn’t listen, they think the dog is stupid, then there’s no respect. I find it maddening. Thanks for reading my post, and I appreciate your comment. Have a sweet day! 🙂

    • Hi Jennifer. It takes a special kind of commitment to train a dog. And patience. Did I mention patience? I started out by going to a dog obedience school with my German Shepherd, so I learned from the professionals. I loved it after that. Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog!

  7. Thanks for the wonderful article.

    Yes, its becomes so fast life… we need a companion who can be with you when you really needed. I would go for dog, as they truly be with you all time without change in love it have.

    There are few points really needs to be taken care, for example giving training to dog when it is really tired/sick/hungry is really sinful act. Thanks for the tips.

    If you have a trained one then you no need to worry about your stress and problems.

    Thanks
    Prasanna LO
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    • Hello, Prasanna. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Yes, dogs are very good companions and will always remain faithful to you. That’s why we need to treat them with respect. I loved your comment and hope you will come again. Peace!

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