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Training Your Puppy By Winning His Respect And Confidence
animal training involves gaining their trust and respect. Dogs
naturally like to be with people and want to please them. A well
trained dog is a companion for ever who trusts what you say without
question. They will always remain faithful even if you go away or try
to ignore them. They will be there on your return, tail wagging and
seeking your attention looking for praise.
The mistake many puppy owners make is mistaking love and affection for
respect and confidence. While it is certainly important to love your
new puppy, it is also very important that the puppy respect you and see
you as his leader. Dogs are naturally pack animals, and every dog looks
to the lead dog for advice and direction. Making yourself the pack
leader is vital to the success of training any dog.
Failure to gain the respect of the dog can create a dog who is
disobedient, out of control and even dangerous. Problem dogs are
dangerous, whether they are created through bad breeding, owner
ignorance or improper training. It is important to train the dog right
from the start, since retraining a problem dog is much more difficult
than training a puppy right the first time.
It is important for any new dog owner, whether working with a 12 week
old puppy or a twelve year old dog, to immediately get the respect of
the animal. That does not mean using rough or dangerous handling
methods, but it does mean letting the dog know that you are in control
of the situation. Dogs need structure in their lives, and they will not
resent the owner taking control. As a matter of fact, the dog will
appreciate your taking the role of trainer and coach as you begin your
When working with the dog, it is important to keep the training
sessions short at first. This is particularly important when working
with a young puppy, since puppies tend to have much shorter attention
spans than older dogs. Keeping the training sessions short, and fun, is
essential for proper training.
Beginning training sessions should focus on the most basic commands.
The heel command is one of the most basic, and one of the easiest to
teach. Start by putting the dog or puppy in a properly fitted training
collar. Be sure to follow the instructions for fitting and sizing the
color to ensure that it works as intended.
Begin to walk and allow your dog to walk beside you. If the dog begins
to pull, gently pull on the leash. This in turn will tighten the
training collar and correct the dog. If the gentle pressure is
ineffective, it may be necessary to slowly increase the pressure.
Always be careful to not over-correct the dog. Using too much pressure
could frighten the dog and cause it to strain more. I the opposite
problem occurs and the dog lags behind, the owner should gently
encourage it until it is walking beside the owner.
Most dogs figure out the heeling concept fairly rapidly, and
quickly figure out that they should walk beside their owners, neither
lagging behind nor pulling ahead. Once the dog has mastered heeling at
a moderate pace, the owner should slow his or her pace and allow the
dog to adjust along with it. The owner should also speed up the pace
and allow the dog to speed up as well. Finally, walking along and
changing pace often will reinforce the lesson that the dog should
always walk at the heel of the handler.
From heeling, the next step should be to halt on command. This halt
command works well as an adjunct to heel. As you are walking, stop and
watch you dog. Many dogs immediately realize that they are expected to
stop when their handler does. Others may need the reminder of the leash
and the training collar.
After the halt on command has been mastered, the handler should
encourage the dog to sit on command as well. Once the dog has stopped,
the handler gently pushes on the dog’s hindquarters to encourage the
sit. Usually, after this walk, halt, sit procedure has been done a few
times, the dog will begin to sit on his own each time he stops. Of
course, it is important to provide great praise, and perhaps even a
treat, every time the dog does as he is expected.
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