Basic Dog Obedience Training

Obedience training is a must. They must behave in a way that makes them pleasant to be around, keeps them safe, and provides for the safety of people and other pets. Dogs do not figure out basic obedience on their own; they must be trained.

I am a firm believer in the fact that there are NO bad dogs, just bad owners or trainers. That may be a bit harsh, maybe I should use the words uninformed or insensitive (but sometimes bad just fits the bill).

I have heard that 63% of our population own pets, and there are really good dog owners that think they are truly loving their dogs (as I did) by letting them get away with things we would never allow our children to do.

I will tell you for a fact, that since I have taught my dogs that I am alpha they respond so much more lovingly to the family and anyone else who visits our home.

Is He Truly Disobedient

There’s a difference between disobedience and incomprehension. If your dog isn’t obeying a command because he doesn’t understand what it is you want him to do, that’s not a behavioral problem at all; it simply means that you need to spend some more time together in training.

The hardest part of basic dog obedience training is communicating with the dog in a humane way that he understands. However, the underlying principle of all communication is simple: reward desired behavior while ignoring or correcting undesired behavior.

Read about Dog Body Language here

Disobedience is rooted in disrespect. When your dog deliberately does not obey you, he’s saying, “I don’t respect your authority enough to do what you want me to do”.

By allowing him to get away with this, you are allowing him to form the habit of passive-aggression. You can't ignore this and leave it to “fix itself” – the problem will worsen, not get better.

It’s very important that your dog recognizes that you outrank him in the social hierarchy of the household. Before any training can take place you must establish you alpha position..

You must be alpha in order to maintain a healthy, functional relationship with your dog.

It's not possible to have a good owner/dog relationship if he does not understand that you are the alpha authority figure: he must know that he’s beneath you in the chain of command.

First step is to establish or reestablish your dominance.

Basic Obedience Training Consists Of 5 Behaviors:

Once your alpha position is secured you can work on these.

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Heel (loose leash walking)

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