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How To Be The Best Dog Obedience Trainer

Updated on January 26, 2010

When you've first brought home your new puppy, you don't even think of the numerous details and tasks that will be set upon you in the months to come.

Your dog will need house-training, leash training, ample play time, and dozens of hours of training to make sure you can have as much fun as possible with them when they are older.

Think of yourself as a dog obedience trainer right from the start and you'll be able to avoid the stress of teaching your dog such things later in life. For those that have never owned a dog before, the prospect of being a dog obedience trainer might be a little scary, but knowing where to start is a major step in handling your new puppy.

Dominance Must Be Shown In Dog Obedience

Dogs are pack animals. They have a single alpha leader who leads the pack and there is never more than one alpha dog. For that reason, you must make sure your puppy knows early that you are the alpha dog. This does not mean being angry or violent with your dog.

Instead, if you let your dog know that you are the sole source of sustenance, comfort, and obedience in the home, they will respect you as the alpha leader. This means giving them walks when you get home every day, and training them to perform tasks. Your control over their food supply is another signifier that you are in charge, something they will learn quickly and respect you for.

You may not be laying down a detailed regiment like a dog obedience trainer, but you are showing your dog who is in charge.

Consistency Is Important In Dog Obedience

There isn't a single dog obedience trainer that will tell you a dog is to blame for being poorly trained. It's very often the fault of the owner, and often a result of inconsistency. If you say "sit" and "down" when you try to mean the same thing, your dog will never learn the command. "Here" and "over here" sound different as well. You must be absolutely consistent with the commands you give or your dog will not understand what you are asking of them.

Respect Your Dog In Dog Obedience

Your dog will respect you as the leader of the pack when you display dominance and control over them, but the respect must be mutual, otherwise your dog will begin acting randomly. This means always being respectful of them, never being harsh or impatient. Likewise, you cannot simply pile them up with doggie treats and hope they listen to you.

Any dog obedience trainer will tell you that a balanced approach to training, consisting of carefully measured treats and dominant commands will be more effective than anything else.

The Dog Obedience Keys Are Timing & Approach

Like with humans and nearly any other living being, it's easier to teach when a creature is younger, and your dog is no different. If you wait until they are fully grown, it is much harder to instill the skills you want them to learn. Likewise though, dogs have incredibly short attention spans, so it's best to start young with your puppy and train them in small bursts of 10 to 15 minutes.

By slowly instilling what you want your dog to learn when they are still a puppy you can have a well trained dog by the time he or she has grown.

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