Dog Training Basics

by Sleddoggin Staff on March 4, 2011

Article by Andrew Mills

Training Your Dog Mar 15 2006

Guides to Dog Breeds, Trainingby Andrew MillsDog training does much more than just create an obedient, willing companion. Training your dog properly actually strengthens the bond that already exists between dog and handler. Dogs are pack animals, and they look to their pack leader to tell them what to do. The key to successful dog training is to set yourself up as that pack leader. Establishing yourself as pack leader is a very important concept for any potential dog trainer to understand. There is only one leader in every pack ofdogs, and the owner must establish him or herself as the dominant animal. Failure to do so leads to all manner of behavior problems. Dog training does much more than just create an obedient, willing companion. Training your dog properly actually strengthens the bond that already exists between dog and handler. Dogs are pack animals, and they look to their pack leader to tell themwhat to do. The key to successful dog training is to set yourself up as that pack leader. Establishing yourself as pack leader is a very important concept for any potential dog trainer to understand. There is only one leader in every pack ofdogs, and the owner must establish him or herself as the dominant animal. Failure to do so leads to all manner of behavior problems.dog training basicsWhen planning a dog training program, it is important to know that dogs are packanimals. In wild dog societies, packs are formed, and each member of the packquickly learns his or her place in the pecking order. Except in the event of death or injury to the alpha dog, the hierarchy never changes once it has beenestablished. The lower dogs know not to challenge the alpha dog, and the alphadog understand his place as leader of the pack. All the other dogs in the packlook to the alpha dog for leadership, in important survival issues like findingfood and avoiding larger predators. In order to properly train your dog and gainits respect, it is important for you to become the alpha dog. That is because adog that sees its owner as a superior leader will follow the commands the ownergives without question. Getting the respect of the dog is the most important step to proper dog training, and it will form the basis of all subsequent training. The reasons for training a dog properly are many, especially in today’s world. A well mannered, obedient dog is a joy to be around, both for theowner and his or her family, and for people in the community at large. In addition, seeing a well mannered dog sets people’s mind at ease, especially withbreeds of dog thought to be dangerous, such as Dobermans, rottweilers and pitbulls. When training dogs and dealing with unwanted dog behaviors, it is important to understand the motivating factors behind those behaviors. For example, many dogs exhibit unwanted behaviors such as chewing and destroying furniture due to separation anxiety. Dealing with the sources of problem behaviors is an important first step toward eliminating those problem behaviors.Many dogs exhibit unwanted behaviors as a result of stress in the animal’s life,and its inability to cope with that stress. The goal of a good dog training program is to allow the dog to tolerate greater levels of stress without becoming a problem animal. Training a dog with a head collar has a number of advantages over training with a traditional or training collar. For one thing,head collars are often easier to use for beginning dog trainers than are training collars. Head collars are also quite effective at preventing dogs frompulling, or controlling and retraining dogs that tend to pull. Head collars can also be quite effective at controlling dogs in difficult situations, such as controlling a dog that wants to be with other dogs. Most owners know of some situations in which their dogs are difficult to control, andhead collars can be quite effective at controlling these volatile situations.Head collars can be excellent for controlling dogs that are very strong, or forworking with a dog in an area that contains a great many distractions. For instance, head collars are great for when your dog is on an outing, or in an area where there will be other dogs and other distractions.Even though a head collar can be a great tool, it should not be used as a replacement for effective dog training. A head collar is most effective when itis used in combination with strong and sensible dog training methods, such asreward training and other forms of positive reinforcement.Disadvantages of head collarsEven though head collars have many advantages, they have some distinct disadvantages as well. For one thing, head collars tend to make many dogs dependent on the equipment, and they quickly learn the difference between theirregular collar and the head collar, and adjust their behavior accordingly.In addition, some dogs, particularly those not accustomed to wearing a head collar, dislike wearing it and paw at it, try to rub it off or pull excessively.If your dog exhibits this behavior, the best strategy is to keep it moving untilit learns to accept the collar. A good alternative is to have the dog sit by pulling up on the dog’s head.Basic obedience training, and ongoing training sessions, provide the dog with animportant job to do. This is especially important for high energy breeds likeGerman shepherds and border collies. Training sessions are a great way for thesehigh energy dogs to use up their extra energy and simply to enjoy themselves. Inaddition to making the dog a good member of the community, obedience training isa great way to fulfill some of the dog’s own needs, including the need for exercise, the security that comes with knowing what is expected of it, a feelingof accomplishment and a good working relationship with its handler. Dog traininggives the dog an important job to do, and an important goal to reach. Incorporating playtime into your dog training sessions is a great way to preventboth yourself and your dog from becoming bored. Playing with your dog helps tostrengthen the all important bond between you – the pack leader – and your dog.Find Out More about Dog Training Basics

About the AuthorThis Dog Training article written by: Andrew Millswebmaster of doggypost.comhttp://www.doggypost.com

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