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Dog Training 101

Looking for the basics on how and why to train a dog?  This article will get you headed in the right direction.  If you’re looking for your dog to start listening to you and start doing some tricks, this is a great place to start.  It will also help you bond better with your dog and it will help you both get a little exercise.

Why train my dog?

Training your dog helps you to bond (become closer) with your dog. The more you train him, the more he will understand you. And the more you work and play with your dog, the more you will understand him. Always remember to make training a fun and interesting game for your dog.

In the past, dogs were bred to perform specific jobs like herd sheep,
find rodents, hunt birds and mammals, and work with firemen.

But now, many dogs are left with nothing to do all day long. They can become bored and lonely. When that happens, they might chew, dig, or bark too much. Or they might sleep all day, which isn’t healthy.

Training your dog gives him something to do and helps build his confidence.

What’s the best reason to train my dog?

A ‘good citizen’ is a person or a dog who follows the rules and is a good member of the community. Good citizens get to go more places and do more things.

People will like your dog more if he is well-behaved. Dogs can become good citizens through obedience training.

To learn what it takes for a dog to be a ‘Canine Good Citizen’ click on the Red Ball .

Obedience training is also fun. Yes, fun! You get to take your dog out in public and meet other dogs and new friends. You both get some exercise and you can learn tricks that are fun to show to your friends. When friends come over, they will be happy to hang out with your dog.

Who Trains Your Dog?

Many people can train your dog. A professional dog trainer can come to your house or take your dog for a couple of weeks.

Your parents can train your dog. They can take your dog to a class at a park, a pet store, or a humane society every week and learn good methods of dog training. Or they can train your dog at home using books and websites.

Can you train your dog? Absolutely! There are many things you can teach your dog. You can learn to teach your dog manners, good behavior, and fun tricks.


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