Dog Training Basic Guide

Getting a new dog is incredibly exciting.  A dog is a true companion who will always stick by your side.  Getting them to that point isn’t always easy, however.  You will not only need to feed and groom your pet, you will also have to train your dog to be disciplined.

Getting Started

If you take the time to discipline your dog now you will have fewer problems down the line.  Before you get into the meat of the dog training you will definitely need to housetrain him.  You will not get very far in your pet and owner relationship if the dog wets all over your home!

Housebreaking a pet is a great accomplishment that can be met by using the right training methods.  Don’t stop there like many other pet owners do.  You need to do additional obedience training since it will show your dog that you are in charge as well as create a strong bond between the two of you.

Obedience Training

There are many different methods of obedience training.  The variations you choose will depend on what you expect the end result to be.  If you will be happy with having a housebroken, leash-trained, and obedient dog who responds to simple commands you can stop there.

If you want to have an incredibly well-rounded and obedient dog you will want to continue on with the training.  You might be amazed to find that the following behaviors can be modified using dog-training techniques:

• Barking

• Whining

• Digging

• Growling

• Chewing

• Aggression

While you might have thought that those are just things you have to deal with when you own a pet there is a way to eliminate them.  If you want to have a completely stress free life with your dog then you will incorporate these into your dog training.  It will take a lot of hard work but the results are well worth the effort.

Training Puppies

If you want to make the most of your dog training efforts you should start when they are in the puppy stage.  You can start training them right away and there is no reason to wait until they are six months old to do so.  It is simply a matter of using the right techniques for dogs that age.

You owe it to your dog and yourself to invest in the best dog training materials.  There are great websites, books, e-books and more all dedicated to training your dog.  If you are very serious about dog training or don’t have the time to do it yourself you should hire a professional.  You can ask your dog’s veterinarian for recommendations to find the perfect trainer for you and your dog.

Professional Trainers

There are some things to keep in mind when searching for a professional trainer.  You do not need one that specializes in the breed of your dog.  All breeds are trainable creatures; of course some will be better than others.

There are trainers who offer group classes as well as private in-home lessons and board and train programs.  Pick the training program that is best for you.

Training on Your Own

If you decide to train on your own you need to find the very best materials to do so.  There is no sense in trying to train by the seat of your pants if you have no idea what you are doing.

Research your breed so you can learn their temperament and the methods that work best for them.  Purchase or read high quality materials that come recommended to you.  It is possible to train your dog by yourself, but it will be much easier and better with the help of an experienced trainer.

The Right Attitude

It is a wonderful thing to own a dog. At the same time it is a large responsibility that can certainly be daunting.  If you adopt the right attitude you will be well on your way to having a disciplined, responsive dog.

You’ll find that you grow closer than you ever thought possible to your pet.  Dog training is a great way to cement your relationship and enjoy each other’s company.  Teach your dog that you are in charge, but love him unconditionally and you will get a lot of respect in return.