Ensuring your dog is properly trained will prevent behavior-based problems, both within a family environment as well as with neighbors and friends. An obedient dog is often a source of pride, but always a source of reassurance.
Training begins once your canine friend instinctively learns to behave as per your standards, in exchange of praise and rewards. Since identifying acceptable behaviors on their own does not constitute an easy task, the most successful methods of canine education focus on using techniques that enable dogs of any age to learn. Owners can educate their pet by applying basic training techniques.
Dog training is based on studies on animal behavior, the human-canine bond, and the latest developments in the field of canine psychology. By rewarding good behavior, modern canine education does not tolerate any type of mistreatment.
How can I train my dog?
Basic canine education consists of a set of fundamental behaviors that ensure your dog’s wellbeing, as well as the safety of your family and the environment. It consists of teaching your pet to clearly distinguish between:
- Marking their territory inside the house;
- Chewing on household objects;
- Jumping on people;
- Escaping when the door is open;
- Excessive barking;
- Attacking persons or animals; and
- Pulling on the leash during a walk.
- Urinating in a designated area;
- Walking on a leash;
- Walking alongside you;
- Behaving properly in the presence of other people or animals;
- Interacting with the veterinarian, barber or others without exhibiting aggression; and
- Interpreting and executing basic commands such as sitting down, laying down, staying put, and approaching or moving away from you.
What type of training does my dog need?
You will find many different types of training to select from, depending on the desired goal, i.e. the task that you want your dog to perform.
Dogs have helped us achieve numerous objectives throughout history. Whether as rescuers, guards, shepherds or pets, dogs have demonstrated learning and working abilities for many different fields of work, which include:
- Answering to basic obedience commands;
- Performing tricks and artistic exercises;
- Guiding visually impaired persons;
- Assisting people to perform a given task on their own;
- Helping calm anxiety in children with autism;
- Contributing to therapy for patients;
- Detecting illnesses or imminent dangers in certain patients;
- Tracing and rescuing victims of in cases of disaster/emergency;
- Helping hunters track and retrieve their prey;
- Herding and separating cattle;
- Working as part of a team with the police or the army; and
- Performing in sporting events.
For each case, the training required is different, but based on similar basic concepts. A professional trainer can be considered a facilitator, since the end goal is for your dog to behave appropriately in your company and follow your commands. Thus, even if your dog receives in-class training, real training success stems from practicing at home.
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