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Dog Training 101

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Let's face it, dog training and housebreaking are absolute necessities for a dog to get along and live happily with his family. Without proper training, we are flirting with disaster.

But, it's a disaster that can be avoided if a dog's training is started early. By beginning firmly but gently, you and your dog will soon reap the rewards.

I know, I know, new puppies are so cute and sooo... much fun to spoil, that it's easy to put off the training for another day!

Lovable as they are, I guarantee they won't stay that way without being taught good dog manners - and frankly we have an obligation to teach them the necessary social skills. Dogs are eager to please and a well-trained pet will get lots more positive strokes and be a happier dog. What you'll get in return is his unconditional love - can't beat that!

So, don't delay. Establish yourself as his new pack leader by teaching your pet the basic dog manners along with opportunities for socialization and he'll have no trouble being accepted anywhere you go.

Getting Started

When it comes to dog training, whatever approach is chosen, it should be based on positive reinforcement. Based on our experience, when a dog is rewarded by getting your approval (and maybe a treat) he becomes more interested in participating in the "game". Which by the way is a good approach to training - make it fun!

Try the positive approach first if you don't want to devote endless hours to training. You'll find that it not only achieves results, it does so quickly.

But better yet, your pooch will become a reasonably well-mannered pooch 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.

Training your pet at home is perfectly doable if you invest in one of the professional training guides for dog obedience featured on this site. You can get started right away training a puppy or older dog. The guides are effective, easy to follow and inexpensive compaired to hiring a private dog trainer.

The key to success, as with most things, is being consistent in following whichever plan you select.

Training Time

When life gets busy, time spent training is the best interaction you can have with your pet and a great way to build a bond. Even short sessions at the beginning and end of the day, can achieve amazing results.

Not only that, training will become a highlight of his day and one of the most fun times for you and your dog. The beauty of short sessions is that you can keep your dog's attention while providing positive reinforcement. They also help you stick with the routine! Most dogs like to please and your pet will soon begin to anticipate these times when he can do just that. After all, training your pet is really a matter of repetition.. repetition..repetition - Oops, sorry!

Training Priorities

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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.

The early months are usually the best time to introduce house training and to establish yourself as your dog's "pack leader". Families who delay training are often sorry they did as - perish the thought - they may eventually contemplate giving up their furry friend because he hasn't magically learned the house rules all by himself! And that's something that shouldn't ever happen to a dog!

The good news is... you don't have to go there. The training guides recommended on this site will give you all the information you need to train your effectivelty and get the results you want in the shortest time.

When you're reasonably sure the carpets are 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 be a much happier pet when they are trained and know what's expected of them as a new member of your family pack.

All it takes is a little T L C which I know you'll agree, every treasured dog deserves.

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