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Dog Training Tips – The Basics

Posted Jul 09 2012 8:29am

Sociology is an interesting subject in the way it treats the term 'freedom'. It goes as far as to say that what we consider freedom isn't really absolute because we have a responsibility to the society that we live in.

This so-called responsibility creates certain limitations which translates to the fact that we just cannot do as we please especially if it affects other people negatively.

In fact, if we do not understand the responsibility (which is actually a price for the freedom that we enjoy), then what results are the effects of social coercion that we, as citizens, have authorized the government to carry out in order to deal with anti-social elements.

So what does this have to do with dog training ?

Dogs, much like people, tend to abuse their freedom and much like the process of orientation (education) that children go through, dogs also have to be trained in order to behave well in society.

Dog Training – What's the Right Approach?

Dog trainers in the past needed to get their head checked. The way they treated dogs (and some still do) were no less than the lab rats that are used to test human products, with no regard for their feelings.

With no governing body like the SPCA and so on and so forth to oversee this aspect, dog training was a real sham.

Instead of adopting the method of positive reinforcement for obedience, trainers used to train dogs by punishing them for disobedience even if it wasn't a big issue.

This caused some aggressive species to show greater aggression towards other humans, thanks to the harsh treatment that was meted out to them during their period of dog training.

Well, it shouldn't be surprising that this kind of punishment didn't sit well much like it wouldn't sit well with humans if they were treated in similar fashion. The only difference being that humans are presumably intelligent enough to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

All this changes when the emphasis changed to positive reinforcement which rewarded the canine for obeying the command. This obviously made them happier and well-trained in order to exhibit acceptable behavior when with their owners.

Bottom Line: Dogs should be treated in a manner which reinforces positive behavior and in a non-violent fashion too.

Dog Training Tips – The Basics

When it comes to dog training basics, there are six commands that are taught and they are: sit, down, heel, recall, stay and close.

However, there are other four other commands to keep in mind especially in situations where their behavior can be detrimental to friends, family and even strangers, if not corrected.

So here are the four dog training tips that could not only be beneficial to the owner but avoid any potential conflict as well:

1) Not to bite
Divert the dog's attention by tugging on his leash and directing his attention to anything else that interests him.

2) To fetch the newspaper
Throw a tennis ball while teaching the dog to get it for you, while being on a leash. If it's not on a leash, pretend to walk away after the dog has got the ball back.

3) Not to bark at visitors
Barking at visitors can seem threatening, so the trick is to teach it to 'sit' as soon as the doorbell rings.

4) Crate training puppies
Using a kennel crate is a fast and effective way to housebreak your dog, because they are less likely to pee or poop where they sleep.

In Closing

No matter what you think, coercion is not the way to treat animals… as for humans – most definitely. If you look at this list of best dogs for exercising , you'll know why…

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