Dog Training - The Down Command
By John M Williams
This command is a very useful command and is relatively easy to teach your dog. After learning the sit command, this command should be a breeze for you. Getting your dog to be able to lie down and Read more...
Dog Training Advise
“Why does your dog sit when you tell him to and mine doesn’t?", “How can your dog heel to you like that?” ”Wow! He comes when you tell him to” - Sound familiar? If it does, you need to invest some Read more...
What To Expect From Dog Obedience Training Class
By Andrew Bicknell
A basic dog obedience training class is one of the best things you can do for your dog or puppy and is a necessary requirement for anyone who owns a dog. The best way to get started with an obedience Read more...
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Companion is really no different than more advanced training in its principles. All types of training should involve structure and boundaries with clearly defined rules but should be done in a consistent and fun manner. The main difference between companion and more advanced types of training is really the depth of the training.
For example, all dogs should know a stay command. A stay for companion may be short, only a minute or two, and not very far away from the handler; whereas, more advanced training might require a stay of more than 10 minutes in duration and be out of sight from the handler. Companion should include commands such as: sit, down, come, wait/stay, loose leash walking, off (of furniture and people), give or drop it, and leave it. These are the foundation for a well rounded program of companion dog training.
All of these skills can easily be taught (and should be) in a positive and motivational manner. When we train our dogs using motivation instead of force or compulsion, we tap into what our dogs most desire. Just like with people, when a dog wants something, it will work hard to figure out how to get it. Motivation allows us to use these desires to train in more reliably the commands we would like for our dogs to know.
There are different kinds of motivation that can be used effectively in both companion and more advanced types of training. Motivation is anything your dog wants: toys, high value food items like hot dogs, cheese, or jerky, attention and petting, playtime outside, a walk, etc. Motivation also can be used effectively to teach dogs about impulse control and patience. When a dog has to wait to receive its dinner or sit before going outside, it learns that it has to control its impulses and limit its frustration to receive what it wants. Teaching a dog patience should be a cornerstone of companion dog training. The best way to begin a companion program is to invest the time and money in a knowledgeable and patient professional. The Association of Pet
Dog Trainers has a large membership of qualified professionals to select from as do many local Kennel Clubs. A school, club, or professional should always care about what is in the best interest of your dog, have the experience and knowledge, and have the communications skills to convey it. They should be flexible with you and allow you to ask questions as well. Companion should be fun and interesting for both you and your dog. Companion is fun and easy when you set boundaries for your dog using the different commands, teach him patience by asking him to do commands to get what he wants, work with motivations that matter to him, and have the knowledge to train gained from working with a professional.
Nancy Richards has been involved with dog training for several years. Learn all about aggressive dog training , companion dog training, dog grooming, diet, care for all dog breeds.
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Crate Training A Dog In Easy Steps
By Marty Moore
Crate training a dog is a way of training your dog and also keeps him secure while you are out. There are good ways to go about the process, and there are better ways to crate train a dog. With a Read more...