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Training Your Dog

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Wanting a calm and obedient dog is important for a dog owner for a number of reasons.  Well-trained and obedient dogs are often happier and less aggressive with other dogs and people.  The law is another reason for a well-trained dog; many cities have ordinances requiring properly behaved dogs.  This is true for certain breeds that are reputed to have aggression and other behavior issues, such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.

Training your dog well will make him a much better family companion, especially if you have children.  Studies show that basic dog training can help to down the number of dog bites and other bad behaviors.

If you are thinking about training your dog or enlisting the help of a professional, there are certain basic commands that you and the dog should learn well in order for the dog to be considered trained.  These basic commands are:

Heel - it is important a dog learn to walk next to his owner on a loose leash, without pulling or being pulled
Respond to "no" - This can save you and your dog a lot of trouble.
Sit - This command is very basic and one of the most important.
Stay - A well-trained dog should learn to stay where you tell him.
Down - More than just a cute trick, down is a key element of a basic dog training program.  

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There is more to dog training than teaching obedience.  Training your dog can help to create and strengthen your bond.  Because dogs are pack animals by nature, they look to a leader for guidance.  The key to successful dog training is to make sure you are the leader.  

Establishing yourself as pack leader to your dog is very important.  Each dog pack only has one leader, and in your case, it must be you, the human.  Without this, there will be many behavior issues to deal with.

A well-trained dog will respond to all of your commands, and will not be anxious, confused, or belligerent.  Any good dog training program focuses on teaching the dog what is expected of him, and will utilize positive reinforcement to reward desired behaviors.

Obedience training is not only great for you, but it helps your dog as well.  It fulfills his need for physical activity, security, and trust between you and him.  Dog training provides your dog with an important task, and a goal to reach.

Giving the dog a job can be crucial to his well-being.  Dogs were originally bred by humans complete important tasks with them and for them.  Most dogs today are merely pets, and have no important job to do.   This can lead to boredom and bad behavior.  

Basic obedience training, along with constant reinforcement of the commands can provide the dog with a task.  This is particularly crucial for high-energy breeds such as German Shepherds and Border Collies.  Conducting training sessions with breeds such as these is ideal for letting these high-energy dogs expend their energy and have fun with you at the same time.

Making your training sessions fun is a great way to prevent boredom for both you and the dog.  Playing with your dog while training him strengthen the bond of love and trust between you ñ the pack leader ñ and your dog.

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