If you own a dog, it's very important for you to make sure that they are trained properly. This is not only because a dog that is properly trained is a treat to have around, it is also because it can help to save them from potential dangers that could occur at any time. What are some of the dangers that can occur and how can you make sure that your dog is trained properly so that it listens to your every command?
First of all, it is important for you to understand that there is no such thing as a perfect animal. Even if your dog is trained properly, there may be times when they act unruly or perhaps just don't listen to what you have to say. It is very important for you to establish your dominance in the household very early when you first get the dog.
Keep in mind, the dog that is under your control is going to see you as the alpha dog or the leader of the pack. If they are unsure of their place in the pack, it is likely that they are going to disrespect you in an effort to position themselves. They may do this by ignoring you when you give them a simple command, such as sit or to stay but they may also do so by acting out with aggression.
The first step in basic obedience is to teach your dog how to sit. This tends to be a relatively easy command for the dog to learn during the dog training process. Most trainers will tell you to hold a piece of food at your dog's nose and then to gently lift it up while giving the command to sit while pressing down on their hind quarters. You may also use a training leash with a collar and gently lift up on the leash to get them to sit. This will be of particular benefit when you're teaching them how to walk in the heel position.
Teaching your dog how to stay is another important part of the training process. This can be of benefit, particularly if your dog tends to charge the door when it is opened. Some trainers are going to use a dog training board for that purpose but there are numerous ways that your dog can be trained to stay where you want them to stay. It is not only a convenience, it is something that you would use for many purposes.
As you continue to train your animal and see how it benefits, not only them but also the relationship that you have with them, you may want to continue the training in some form of advanced sessions. Although it is certainly possible for you to do this on your own, it will be of benefit when you hire a professional trainer to help walk you through the process. They will be able to identify anything that must be done by you as well as by the animal that may be overlooked if you are training them on your own.
The author of this article has been training dogs for many years. She has discovered that using a dog training board is an effective tool in training puppies.