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Dog Training Tips You Should Know

Updated on January 28, 2010

Dog training is an in depth process with plenty of small details and necessary tasks that you might find hard or unnecessary.

However, the key to having an exciting, fun dog is to start training early and stick with it, no matter how hard or time consuming it might be. You not only strengthen your bonds of communication through training, but you establish respect and dominance which allows you to enjoy each other that much more. Good solid training will help your dog overcome many of the more basic behavioral problems and these dog training tips will help you along the way.

Because your dog is a domesticated wild animal, there are still plenty of instincts trapped away inside of them that if not properly channeled will result in plenty of unwanted behaviors. Your dog might chew things up, dig up the yard, or even fight with other dogs. Of all the dog training tips out there, most deal with how to channel this energy and maintain the loving peace of a dog that is in control of its instincts. You by no means want to stifle these activities, just channel them to the proper venues.

Dog Training Tips - #1 Location

Your home is the best place to train your dog. If you choose an area with ample distractions you will have a hard time keeping your dog in line and focused on you and your commands. Once your dog has mastered some of the more basic and necessary commands you can consider moving to other areas where the two of you might have more fun like the park. This is the best way to know if your dog truly understands and respects your commands as well, taking them into public.

Dog Training Tips - #2 Length

Keep your dog training sessions short. Dogs have a short attention span and long training sessions will only confuse and misguide them. However, be efficient with your time and expect real results. If you integrate your dog training into the day by teaching your dog play time or while walking them, you'll find that not only does your dog enjoy the training more and respond more positively, you'll have better overall results in the long run.

Dog Training Tips - #3 Praise and Reward

Your dog should be rewarded for every good deed done immediately no matter how small it might seem. The more often you praise and reward your dog, the more they will associate their actions with good things and continue to do them. You want to make sure you don't focus on the bad constantly and ignore the good. If your dog barks all night, don't give more attention to that negative behavior than when he listens and sits on command.

Your dog is an incredibly adaptable and intelligent animal if given the right training and attention needed to unlock that potential. Make sure you spend the right amount of time working with your dog and you'll be able to not only more fully enjoy your time together, but ensure a respectful, behavioral problem free relationship.

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