Training Your Dog

You want your dog to listen to you and your family so that you enjoy a lasting relationship. Unfortunately, you and your dog DO NOT speak the same language. To ensure that your dog gets trained in a way you want him to be, providing your dog with positive, humane & interactive training is essential. Training your dog would not just give your pet greater freedom but also a better understanding of your world. Untrained dogs do not understand what is required from them, and hence are often punished by their owners for their “bad” behavior though they are at no fault. While most pet owners like to train their pets, it is always advisable to understand that compassion, clarity, and consistency are the most important elements of dog training.

The training should not include any activity or device that can endanger your pet (e.g., electric shock collars) or puts undue stress on them. Some good books to refer to on the subject of dog training would be Click Here for a Well-Trained Dog by Deborah A. Jones, Ph.D.; The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller; and, for solving dog behavioral problems, If Only They Could Speak, Dogs Behaving Badly, and The Dog Who Loved Too Much, all by Nicholas Dodman.

Potty training your dog

If you own a puppy, you should ensure that your puppy is taken out at least once every two hours or within half an hour of eating or drinking. A puppy should be guided to the same spot where they can smell having relieved themselves before. Praise your pup lavishly immediately after it goes about doing its business. If you own an adult dog, take it out at least four times a day and allow your pet time to linger and smell the fire hydrants. If you can’t go home at lunchtime, have a family member or friend help out or enlist the help of a professional dog-walker. Crating has been catching up recently and is often used on adult dogs by people who say that they are protecting their dogs. However, this practice deprives dogs of basic necessities, such as the freedom to walk around and the opportunity to relieve themselves, and the comfort of stretching out.

Training your dog to put on his best behavior can be done with the help of a professional. You know your dog the best. If you keep the communication channels on, appreciate his tiny achievements, encourage his small acts, laugh and play with him, training your pet dog will come easy to you. Although, you both do not speak the same language, you would be able to show your feelings to him because love knows no language.

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