Obedience in a Dog

If you own a dog, you would be aware of all the pleasure having a canine companion gives. Having an obedient dog only adds to this pleasure. But dogs are not obedient from birth. They require obedience training to follow your instructions. Read along to know about the various other benefits of providing obedience training to dogs; and the ways to provide the training.

* Benefits of providing obedience training to your canine:

– It helps in building a close relationship and love with your dog.
– It would help establish the correct levels of expectations between you and your dog.
– It would help you and your dog to understand each other better.
– It would help your dog to follow specific rules so that he is well behaved in order to be a member of your family.
– At the end of the training you would find that your dog's energy has been positively channelized; thereby keeping him from behaving inappropriately.

* Tips on how to obedience train

1. Choose the appropriate dog breed:

Choosing the right breed of dog is the first and the foremost important step before you think about training your dog. Staffordshire bull terrier obedience is very common as it belongs to a breed which is highly energetic and therefore can be trained well. If you have high obedience expectations from your dog, then choose the right breed.

2. Begin by understanding:

Different breeds of dog posses different characteristics in terms of their energy levels, intelligence and their food preference and suitability. Therefore, it is important that you understand these basics first, so that your dog is mentally and physically sound before you begin their training.

3. Be patient and consistent:

Keep your expectations with the dog as realistic as possible. You will have to keep patient throughout the obedience training of your dog. You will require being consistent with the training on a regular basis. If you want a specific response from your dog, then you will have to be consistent with your commands to the dog, so that he understands your expectations properly.

4. Consult a dog trainer:

Although you may choose to train your dog yourself, it is always advisable to take consultation from an expert first. They would be able to help you with the right way you should interact with your pet while training. They will also help you gauge the physical fitness of your dog.

5. Select an appropriate time to train:

Choosing the right time to train your dog is very vital. Opt for a time that you can follow regularly, and when the dog is not tired and is energetic. Establishing a routine would help your dog to understand the training regime and expectations from him in a better way. Make sure that the duration of obedience trainings are no more than 15 minutes at a time. You can take up your dog's training 2-3 times a day.

6. Plan the training as a slow step-by-step process:

Do not ever try to speed up your dog's training. You should train him slowly, step-by-step. Forced training may frustrate the dog and may induce negative effects on his behavior. Let your dog obey and master a particular instruction first. Once this is done, then start training for another command.

7. Reward the good performances of your dog:

Rewarding your dog for all of his good behavior and performance goes a long way in encouraging your dog to follow your instructions. During the training whenever your dog responds in a way expected by you, you should reward your dog. You should adhere to this rule of rewarding the dog for all good performances. The most common way of rewarding dogs is by giving them dog treats. But you have to be cautious that your dog is not fed immediately before the training; otherwise the dog may not be able to cherish the reward. Maintain a gap between feeding the dog and the training time.

8. Do not be very harsh with your dog:

You should not punish your dog by using force at any point in time. Punishing using force may irritate and frustrate the dog. If your dog displays an unwanted behavior, instead of punishing him, walk away from him immediately and ignore his display of bad behavior; or do things that your dog does not like using an annoying sound achieved by clickers, or trying a leash jerk etc.

The amount of time required to train your dog depends upon how regular your training sessions are with the dog, your expectations from the dog and the breed of your dog eg, Staffordshire bull terrier. Try to strengthen your love bond with your dog. This would make the obedience training a fun activity for both of you.

Source by Kevin Redman

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