Dog Training Advice, Tips And Techniques

Written by Patty Yu
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Dog training is not only for teaching tricks to your four-legged friend, but also is necessary for preventing any dog behavior problems from arising. Proper training creates an open line of communication where you can instruct the dog on what you want her to do. The dog training process helps you build a rewarding relationship between you and your buddy for a more enjoyable life together.

Many first time dog owners incorrectly assume that since dogs are domestic animals, they will automatically make great house pets. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many natural canine behaviors are destructive and even dangerous, but are preventable with dog obedience training. Sadly, shelters are filled each day with abandoned dogs that acted out inappropriately due to improper training or mistreatment.

No matter how old your dog is, it is never too late for dog training! Just because your dog has always pulled you on his leash doesn't mean he should continue to do so. If you are bringing a new puppy into the home, dog obedience training can start immediately to build a strong foundation. Many dog training tips help you understand how to establish yourself as the leader in your human-dog pack.

Dog Training and Housebreaking Methods

Dog house training teaching methods rely heavily on a dog's natural instinct to not soil her den. In order to house train a dog, you must establish the home as a living area, with a completely separate toilet area--usually outside, although small dogs are often trained to use paper or even litter boxes. The best way to establish the dog's den is by limiting the living area to one room, like a bathroom or kitchen.

By giving the dog many opportunities to visit the toilet area, and spending time playing, eating, and sleeping in the living area, the dog will eventually do her best to keep the den free of waste, although accidents may happen early on. Always praise the dog enthusiastically when she eliminates correctly in your presence. When the dog's bowels and bladder are empty, allow supervised playtime in other parts of the home, making sure to take her back to the toilet area after an hour.

Crate training is a faster way to housebreak your dog, but requires more time commitment on your part. Relying on a dog's instinct to control elimination when confined to a small space, the dog will then eliminate when released to the toilet area. You must take the dog out every hour and give her about five minutes to eliminate. If she does not eliminate, you must return her to the crate. It is important to be very diligent about letting her out, because if she has an accident due to your negligence, the dog training process can be set back for weeks.

Dog Training: Leash Training Methods

Some dog leash training methods utilize special dog training collars to achieve the desired behavior (in which the dog does not pull on her leash). Look for a collar that attaches around the neck and muzzle, with the leash attached under the jaw. When the dog pulls against the leash, the tension pulls his face toward the side, which inhibits forward walking. Eventually, the dog learns to walk with a loose leash at the owner's pace.

The prong collar is another method that mimics a mother dog's corrective nips at a puppy's neck. A series of prongs link together and fit around the dog's neck snugly. If the dog pulls against this collar, or if the person tugs on the leash, the little prongs pinch at the dog's skin. Many people use the prong collar as a dog training device to correct all kinds of behavior, not just leash pulling.


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