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Dogs Training - An Inside Story

07 Apr 2013 | by Kritika Ponia | Posted in: Training

Dog training is not something that you or your dog should be afraid about. It might seem daunting to you at first but look at it this way: a trained dog is not just happy but he also makes his owner happy. Don’t you want to strengthen your relationship with your dog and bond with him? Don’t you want to help him learn a few things so that he does not frustrate you when he behaves badly? I am sure you are mouthing a ‘yes’ here. This is exactly why you should train your dog.

Every dog expert and dog breeder will tell you that dog training is important and it should begin right from the day you bring him home. If you think he is too young to learn, think again. Dogs – even when they are puppies – are extremely smart and can catch on real quick. Puppies are also highly energetic and enthusiastic. You should help your dog channelize the energy and enthusiasm in the right direction so that he doesn’t grow up to be stubborn and ill mannered. Puppies are easy to mold. I am not saying that you can’t train a dog once he grows up but the difficulty level will increase with age.

If he picks up a habit in his puppy days, he will stick to that habit when he grows older too and making him let go can be extremely difficult. You can provide testimony to this yourself. Surely you have a bad habit that you just can’t let go no matter how hard you, yourself try. The thing with dogs is that they do not realize that they have picked up bad habits. They don’t know they are doing wrong and when you get frustrated with them, it leaves them baffled and worried. This is the reason why you should mold your furry little friend right from the day he is brought home so that you don’t have to keep up with bad habits later on. Prevention is always better than cure, isn’t it?

Sure, there can’t be general rules for training dogs because every dog is different and the breed he is of plays a very important role. Some breeds are highly enthusiastic while others are stubborn. Some breeds get frustrated easily while others get bored of routine. This is why you have to be breed specific when it comes to training. Again, every dog of the same breed is not the same. Each dog has different traits and you should learn of those traits from your dog and then fashion a training procedure for him accordingly.

However, there are a few tips for every dog owner to follow regardless of the breed because let’s face it, a dog is a dog and all dogs have some things in common, which you could use to form a general list of tips for dog training. Here are some of them:


Your dog may have adopted the worst bad habit in the history of the earth but even that is not reason good enough to scold him or worse – beat him. If you so much as lay a finger on your dog you will qualify as the worst pet owner EVER. These words may seem harsh to you but they are cent percent true. Beating your dog up, punishing him, and yelling at him will distance him from you. He will learn to be scared of you and not be open with you. Is that what you want? Mind you, he is not your inferior for him to be scared of you.

During the training process, even if he doesn’t listen to you, don’t scold him. Be nice and choose the positive reinforcement training technique to teach him. In other words, instead of scolding him for doing something wrong, treat him for doing something right!

Your dog will simply ADORE you if you do this! Also, this is the BEST way to teach him and train him without making the process tiresome and frustrating for both of you.

Alpha Training

This is VERY important and sadly, many dog owners give this a miss. For your dog, you are a part of his pack and it is very important for him to understand that you are alpha in the pack. He should understand that you control things. This will ensure your dog that YOU are his protector and he has nothing to worry about. In return, he will protect you to death. Literally.

Crate Training

Many people use the crate as a form of punishment instead of teaching their dog that the crate is their home. Don’t go lock him up in his crate every time he does something wrong! Make him see it as a place where he can sleep and rest when he wants to and then come out and be with you when he wants too, again. Crate training is very important for dogs and you should spend time with him while he is in his crate so that he starts liking the place.

Leash Training

Some dogs hate leashes but with leash training you can help your dog learn that leash time implies walk time and oh, dogs LOVE walks! Don’t ever take your dog out without a leash no matter how well trained he may be. He might get distracted or might end up chasing birds in the garden, scaring little children away. If you want him to stop walking, teach him that when he feels a tug, he should stop. He will learn soon enough.

Be Consistent

This is a very important thing but sadly, many people forget about it totally. You have to be consistent when you train your dog. You can’t change your commands once in two days and expect him to keep up. If the negative command is NO, it has to be NO at all times and you should ask your family members to follow the same. Otherwise, your dog will get confused and he will definitely not listen to you. If he fails to pick up orders even after training, know that there is something wrong with your training procedure and not with the dog.

Use Training Aids

Training aids will make things easier for you. Make sure you buy good training aids such as dog training mat, training leash, dog training treats, and so on so that he is more enthusiastic about learning and learns pretty quickly!

Dogs are extremely intelligent, smart, and friendly animals. They crave for your attention and in order to get it, they will do just about anything. On your part, be positive and choose the right approach to train your dog so that the training sessions are FUN as opposed to a strenuous exercise.

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