Dog training can be difficult, but it is rewarding

Dog training

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You may be wondering what is the best way is to train your dog and what methods you have to work with. The best answer to this question is to probably enroll your dog in a basic obedience class that is offered in most pet stores for a six-week course to establish basic commands. It is best to start while the pup is young, but contrary to popular belief, old dogs can still learn new tricks.

Leader of the pack

You first need to realize that dogs, like wolves in the wild, are pack animals and will instinctively follow the perceived leader. You must be the leader of the pack, in a sense. This is how your dog will best respond to your commands and be willing to obey you with pleasure, as they aim to please their masters. It is good to understand that in the wild, the leader of the pack picks the best place to sleep, gets to eat first, etc. So if you allow your pet to sleep on your bed or eat from your table, you could be sending signals that your dog is the leader of the pack.

How does your dog respond to your commands

When your dog responds well to your commands, that means he recognizes you are in charge. If you do not establish this important step, your dog may feel he is equal or, even worse, superior to you, which could cause serious behavior problems. When teaching your pet simple commands, you will want to have a collar, a good lead and a whole lot of patience. If you want to give your pet a basic training course and need a little extra cash for this, you may want to consider taking out a payday loan or cash advance loan.

Stay consistent

Make sure you use one word commands like sit, stay, down, etc., and immediately praise him when he listens to each command. Remember that the tone of your voice goes a long way and is more important than the words you choose to use. Your pet will come to recognize when you are upset or happy by your tone and can even tell by your expressions. Keep your training consistent, and before long you will find that all your effort has been worth it.

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