Training Your Dog or Puppy Becomes a Bonding Experience

Why would you want to spend hundreds of dollars to train your dog? Did you get a dog so that you can experience the "man's best friend" feeling?

Training your dog can be done yourself. It becomes a natural bonding experience between canine and human. Many people believe that they don't have the time to train. When in most cases, it takes a few minutes every day to help tame and train your dog or puppy for that matter. Training should be fun and exciting for you and your dog. I spent ten dollars on one book and a couple more on the right treats. If you would consider that spending money to train, then $20 is my answer on the amount of money you should spend to train.

If you don't know how to train, there are plenty of books that can help you along the way. Victoria Stilwell is my favorite dog trainer and her books are fabulous. I am not saying, don't ever use dog classes, because you do have to socialize your dog or puppy. The purpose of this writing is to let you know that you can do it yourself. Just put a little bit of effort into it. You also want to read up on the breed of dog you have and research what you are getting into. Some breeds might be more stubborn than another and some might need more stimulation.

The money I save goes to more treats, toys, and obstacle courses for my dog. She deserves every extra cent.

Finding out what makes your dog tick should be easy. Watch your dog as he plays in the house or runs in the backyard. If your dog is toy driven, you'll know. And of course if he is treat driven you'll know that too when you are sitting at the dinner table; finding this face on your lap.

When you have friends over for an evening, what better way to entertain than to show your dog off by the tricks you taught him? When they ask, how did you teach that trick? Your response is "I taught him myself," instead of "I paid someone to do it." Yourself worth just went up a notch.

Besides the whole money aspect of training your dog, the time spent with him or her is priceless. You and your dog will get more out of it then you think. Yes, it does become very frustrating. However, if you are able to overcome the first basic training commands, the training becomes endless.

I never thought I would ever know how to get a dog to roll over, but she does it on command now. I feel so much better knowing I did this or my wife did this. Instead of saying, I paid someone to get my dog to do this. Yes, it is the easiest way, but I love my dog more because she listens to me (with a treat of course). Of course the first part of training should be in a quiet environment working your way up into different distractions and loud noises. This will help maintain a well behaved dog. Just remember that your dog will not just learn overnight. Keep at it and practice practice practice. I am not telling you there won't be challenges. If you find yourself too deep into it and things aren't going well, seek help from a professional or shelter.

I take about 15 minutes out of my day every day, twice a day to teach my dog tricks. Sometimes she teaches me a thing or two, also. When she plays, does something funny; I add a word and use that word every time she does the maneuver. In time she will associate that word with the trick and she will do it on command.

Just recently I taught my dog how to stalk her toys. It is funny, because it is like a hunting dog going after game. We call it the "pointy face."

You acquired, bought, or even adopted your dog for a reason. Probably because you want that loving experience that pets give. When you are sad, they will cheer you up. When you are happy, they will play with you until both hearts are content. Our dog is happier knowing she can learn from us for fun, instead of learning from a stranger as work.

Training on your own may not be for everyone, but if you think it is for you don't give up. Be patient and keep with it. If all us fails, you may need to seek a professional. If you do not have money for a professional, speak to a shelter. They may be able to help or at least give you a few names for you to call.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I enjoyed your Hub, however; I would like enjoyed it more if you had told us the name of your dog, what kind of dog, etc. Just some more personal info would have been nice.


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Bukarella 4 years ago

I think this is a dangerous advice, especially in the view of how many dogs end up in shelters because people lack the skills to teach their dogs proper manners. Especially, if someone has a powerful working breed dog, I think taking formal classes in non-negotiable. I am not suggesting that people should send their dogs to "training camps" by any means, but you absolutely and without a question should budget for obedience classes.

Even experienced trainers who show their dogs in obedience competitions sign up for classes, and if that doesn't convince you, I'm not sure what will. I'm not talking about quick tricks like "give paw" or "roll over". I'm talking about paying attention to you in distracting situations, having great leash manners, ALWAYS coming to you when called, being polite with strangers, accepting overwhelming attention from little children, listening to "down-stay" despite the fact that your uncle just walked through the door, not eating neighbor's cat, understanding that "NO" means "NO", whether or not they really want to chew on that shoe of yours, etc. I'm not sure how going to 1-2 hour class a week ruins your connection with the dog. You will be the one holding the leash, and you will be the one practicing the skills discussed in class.

I'm glad it worked out for you and your pup, but please go speak to someone who works at a shelter, and find out what they think brings so many dogs through their doors. Poor manners and "too much to handle" is going to be right up there, and most of those problems could have been easily addressed if only people chose to take their dogs to class from early puppyhood on.


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MarleyOz 4 years ago Author

The dogs that are ending up in shelters are not the ones not going to obedience classes, because if you don't keep doing the training even after the classes are over then your dog will resort to their old habits.

Dogs ending up in shelters are the ones that people aren't spending time with. I have been to shelters and I am very aware what dogs end up there. People that abuse, ignore, and abandon there animals are the ones that end up in shelters.

Your dog needs attention.

If you are going to show your dog, then I would suggest going through a professional, but if you are looking for basic commands including leash training then you can do it on your own. As long as you are responsible enough to own a dog then you should be responsible enough to train a dog.


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MarleyOz 4 years ago Author

to mary615: Our dog is an Eskimo Poodle at a little over 2 years now. Her name is Marley. We also have a cat named Ozzie. Marley is a remarkable dog that doesn't like strangers unless you have been over about 3 times for her to get to know you.

We are training her on a leash, meeting new people, and anything else that we feel fit. She is jealous when we spend time with the cat and is a very sensitive dog. We praise her with positive responses and positive training. She is a great dog.


Rex 4 years ago

Dogs are very easy to train. Make treat them very well make them feel happy Give them a rich feeling and its easy to train because it will practically do ANYTHING you say

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