Effective Dog Obedience Training
Many new dog owners are often hesitant, if not confused, by dog obedience training. They hear about dog training classes, dog schools, dog obedience clubs and the possibility of training their dog on their own, and wonder which of these methods is going to be the best method for turning their dog or puppy into a well-mannered family member.
Classes, Clubs and Schools
Whether a new or an experienced dog owner, finding the best method for training your dog is what works best for you and your dog. Even experienced dog owners will turn to classes or schools to help them teach their dog. There are also those owners who are confident in their teaching ability and work with their dogs on their own. Simply put, choose the method that works best for you and your dog.
Tips for Effective Dog Obedience
Training When working on obedience training, there are a few things to keep in mind to make your training sessions both positive and effective.
- A lot of dog owners wonder what age is the best time to start training. The answer is: start now! Even young puppies can learn appropriate behaviors.
- Consistency is important to obedience training. Using the same verbal, clicker or hand signals every time is key to making your training efforts effective. It is also important when training your dog that corrections are the same every time. It will only confuse your dog if one time you tell him to get off your bed and the next time you think it’s cute and allow him to stay where he is.
- One person in the family should be the primary trainer in the family, but all family members should learn the commands and cues being used.
- While many people work solely with vocal commands, some work with a combination of voice or clicker cues in addition to hand signals. If your dog gets out of voice range, if he can still see you, he’ll respond to the hand signals he has learned.
- When training your dog, there should be training sessions every day. Group training sessions are typically only once a week and it is up to you to work with your dog the rest of the week to reinforce what was learned in class.
- Part of obedience training is teaching your dog who is in charge. Dogs learn to respect and listen to the “pack leader” so establish your leadership role early in your relationship with your dog.
- Use positive reinforcement when training your dog. He will soon learn that if he does as he is asked, he will receive praise or a treat from you.
- It is important when you are training your dog at home that you minimize distractions. This will keep your dog’s focus on you and what you expect him to do..
Whether you choose to work on obedience training in a class or work on training your dog on your own at home, obedience training is well worth the time and effort that both you and your dog commit to it. Whether in social settings or when you’re at home with your dog, life will be less stressful and both of you will receive high praise for a dog who behaves well and listens to you.