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paw print Choosing the right dog training lessons

dog training methodsEver wonder how guide dogs and rescue dogs are so well behaved, calm under stressful situations, and extremely focused? The key of a well balanced dog is psychological and physical training, exercise and love.

There are several types of training, so don’t be fooled by just one person’s idea of dog training. I do suggest investing your money and time in training methods that involve reward training, physical conditioning, control, and socialization. Training should be reinforced on a daily bases not just when taking them to the training class, or Saturdays because it’s your free day.

Family involvement is very important, therefore before adopting a dog or buying a dog everyone in the household should agree to become dog owners. The entire family must be involved in the dog training. For dogs to understand their role in the family they have to be given a place. That is, everyone in the family should be a leader when handling the dog and the dog should be the follower.

Consistency is another important element when training your dog. If Fido was allowed to sit on the couch yesterday and today you smacked him because he was sitting on the same couch this will cause problems because: One, the humans are not consistent and two, the dog will become confused and not know right from wrong. Since a dog does not understand language structure, you must be consistent in your patterns to teach him what is expected.

Finding training which focuses on socializing your dog will help your dog develop his/her pack instincts. Social dogs are able to interact with other dogs and humans in a peaceful matter. There are great benefits for social dogs, such as being able to go to more places like dog parks, pet stores, have playmates, etc. Dogs that are not social often suffer loneliness and alienation from the outside world.