Dog Training 101
How To Train A Dog - Getting Started
When it comes to dog training, whatever approach is chosen, it should be based on positive reinforcement, no harsh treatment ever! It not only achieves results, it does so quickly.
And this is a plus for those who don't want to devote endless hours
to training their pets, but are just looking to end up with a reasonably well-mannered pooch who has adapted to living harmoniously in the home and neighborhood. One who doesn't bolt out an open door at every opportunity, scare the mailman,
bark for no good reason, or chew up our best shoes. In other words.... a somewhat disciplined doggy.
That being said, we all have different ways of approaching something new to us, so it's a good idea to check out the different training styles to find one that appeals to you and
will easily fit into your day-to-day activities. No doubt, you'll be more successful if you choose a plan that you can
stick with. If you're into to video training as opposed to book guides, you may like
Dove Cresswell's Online Training. Dove trains
dogs for the movies and television so you know she has to be good. It will be worth your while to take a
look at her fun program and a sample lesson.
Dog Training - Priorities...
What is your top priority? If you have a new puppy, potty training is sure to be the first goal. No one wants to spend a lot of time cleaning the carpets, so getting started right away makes the most sense.
Most puppies are ready to start learning from the first day you bring them home, even if that entails
getting up during the night to take them outside, or using a indoor dog potty for a short while.
When you're reasonably sure the carpets are safe...you can start teaching your pup other good habits. In fact you could begin teaching them right along with the house training routines. Most probably, getting your dog used to walking without tugging, sitting and staying, coming when called, not jumping on guests or furniture (no doubt he'll have his own pampered couch), etc., will be early priorities.
Whether you have a purebred pug or a marvelous mutt, they will a much happier
pet when they are trained and know what's expected of them as a new member of your family pack.
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