Dog Obedience Training – Where All Good Behavior Begins
It’s very frustrating when, despite all your dog obedience training, your dog won’t listen to you. Maybe, at times, it almost seems as if he goes out of his way to get you frustrated, doesn’t it? I know it feels like your dog is doing that on purpose, but in actuality he’s doing that because he doesn’t really understand what you want him to do.
So what does dog obedience training do for you and your dog?
Dog obedience training teaches your dog to listen to you. It creates a way for you to communicate with your dog in a way that he will understand.
Having your dog give you a sit or a down before he gets what he wants from you is an easy, non-confrontational way to help your dog learn manners.
Basically, he’s saying please. Starting obedience when he’s just a puppy with puppy training is, of course, the best way to get a well mannered dog. Obedience training also teaches your dog that when you speak, he responds to you with the appropriate behavior you’ve taught them.
This is very much like teaching your children to politely ask for things. And like children it also reinforces your role at the leader in the relationship as you train your dog on a consistent basis.
Dog obedience school is also a cornerstone of fixing dog behavior issues. When you are trying to stop a dog from doing a certain behavior, like jumping up, you must train them for the behavior you would prefer, like sit.
Here’s an example of how we use dog obedience training daily with our lab
When I get home from work, Sammy, our lab, knows I have my treat bag on and he wants me to stuff a Kong with the treats. But, he has to earn that.
My process: I come in and greet my wife and my dogs (in that order then I wash my hands and put away my training equipment.) Now all this time Sammy knows the procedure and knows exactly when I’m going to stuff the Kong and hand them out to each dog.
The minute I’m done stuffing the Kong, Sammy knows he must give me a sit at a minimum and many occasions I will also ask for a down or “go to place.” He does these commands perfectly. His reward for doing what I ask—his stuffed Kong.
See how simple that can be. The more creative and fun you get with your dog, the more your dog will enjoy and look forward to doing what you ask. It’s all about the relationship.
My job is to teach you the simple steps to get there.
Dog obedience training around distractions that are relevant to your life and your lifestyle, in my opinion, is the most effective training.
I will work with and teach you, in simple, easy to understand lessons.
With my 30 years of dog training I know how to enroll your dog in obedience school and put a system of basic dog obedience training into place with your dog that works for both of you. You can partner with your dog and have an awesome relationship.
You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy. I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back. We’ll work together at your speed and both you and your dog will have fun every step of the way.