Choosing a Phoenix home dog trainer and an effective dog training method is one of the most important things that you can do for your dog. Your dog will learn how to behave from you.
If you are not teaching them properly or with consistency, they will make their own rules and decisions on how to behave. Take your first step toward a better dog today by calling A Better Dog Home Dog Training.
Training Your Dog
according to the American Kennel Club
“Dog training is an absolute necessity. Just like children, dogs come into the world filled with love and curiosity, but not manners. They need to be taught how to get along in the family. That includes eliminating outside, behaving properly in the house, and being polite to people and other animals. This is a demanding, yet enjoyable job that begins the moment the dog enters your house and your life.
Training makes dogs happy. By nature, dogs prefer a society with rules, where everybody knows his place.
When you teach dogs the rules of your family, they feel secure knowing exactly what they are and aren’t allowed to do.
You set the stage for the successful education of your dog. You must be confident and consistent when training. Your goal is to get the dog to respond to your request, delivered in a cheerful voice. Training any dog takes time. It’s up to you to set a positive, happy tone for training.”
Choosing A Dog Trainer
according to the U.S. Humane Society
“As a dog owner, one of the first questions you may ask is, “Does my new companion need dog training?”. Yes, and so do you! Whether you are intentionally teaching him or not, your canine friend is always learning – and this is true not just for puppies but also for older, adult dogs. If you do not teach your pet your rules, he will invent his own.
Training allows caregivers to safely and humanely control their dog’s behavior. Positive training enhances the bond between dog and owner, and helps ensure that your dog will respond happily to your instructions.
It’s essential that the dog trainer you select uses humane training techniques that encourage appropriate behavior. Look for a trainer who ignores undesirable responses or withholds rewards until the dog behaves appropriately.
Training techniques should never involve yelling, choking, shaking the scruff, tugging on the leash, alpha rolling (forcing the dog onto his back), shock collars or other actions that frighten or inflict pain.”
Obedience Training For Your Dog
portions courtesy of “Perfect Paws”
Obedience Training is one of the best things you can do for your dog or puppy… and yourself. Obedience training doesn’t solve all behavior problems, but it is the foundation for solving just about any problem. Training opens up a line of communication between you and your dog.
Effective communication is necessary to instruct your dog about what you want them to do. You can teach them anything from “stay” (don’t bolt out the door) to “sit” (don’t jump up on the visitors) to “off” (don’t chew the furniture).
Dogs are social animals and without proper training, they will behave like animals. They will soil your house, destroy your belongings, bark excessively, dig holes in your yard, fight other dogs and even bite you. Nearly all behavior problems are perfectly normal canine activities that occur at the wrong time or place or are directed at the wrong thing.
For example, the dog will eliminate on the carpet instead of outside; the dog will bark all night long instead of just when a stranger is prowling around outside; or the dog will chew furniture instead of their own toys.
The key to preventing or treating behavior problems is learning to teach the dog to redirect their natural behavior to outlets that are acceptable in the domestic setting.
Using obedience in dog training is also an easy way to establish the social hierarchy. When your dog obeys a simple request of “come here, sit” they are showing compliance and respect for you. It is NOT necessary to establish yourself as top dog or leader of the pack by using extreme measures such as the so-called alpha roll-over.
You can teach your dog their subordinate role by teaching them to show submission to you in acceptable ways. Most dogs love performing these tasks (obedience commands) for you which also pleasantly acknowledge that you are in charge.
Leash Training For Your Dog
portions courtesy of “Veterinary Partner”
Leashes are wonderful things for dog training. Leashes mean getting to go out of the house and yard to all sorts of interesting places. Leashes mean enjoying the outside world, protected from myriad dangers. With a little training, your dog will happily greet the sight of the leash, and walk along on it easily without pulling.
Does this sound too good to be true? There’s a trick to it! The hardest part is remembering to use the trick every single time you and your dog use the leash together. Once you form the habit, your dog will too.
When the dog pulls on the leash, pressure on the dog can cause damage, no matter what type of collar you use.
The constant pressure also reduces the dog’s ability to feel your motions with the leash, resulting in the need for excessive pressure to restrain the dog if that should become necessary.
This excessive pressure can cause temperament problems in some dogs.
The loose leash needs to be your new habit, for all situations. Never stand there, or walk along, with the leash tight again. The dog will quickly think you WANT it tight if you go back to that habit, even after you’ve taught the dog to walk on a loose leash.
It’s so natural for the dog to pull when the leash is tight that most dogs, even trained dogs, will nearly always do it when someone tightens up on the leash. In fact, the dog may HAVE to pull on the leash when the leash is tight, to keep from being off balance.
It’s really we humans who cause this problem because by holding the leash tight, we teach dogs that a tight leash is normal. That’s why it is so quick to retrain a dog on this. And forever afterward, you’ll have an easier dog!
When you get used to this handling, it’s very good-natured and happy on your part, and the dog has a great time, too. You’ll always need to react to a tight leash with some sort of change in direction for the life of the dog, but it becomes second nature. You won’t look foolish to the neighbors, you’ll look fantastic!
Housebreaking Your Dog
portions courtesy of “The Dog Breed Info Center”
There are many different dog training methods with which you can housebreak your pet. Whichever way you choose, it is important to understand your puppy. Dogs want to please; the trick is to make them understand what it is you want from them.
Housebreaking your new puppy is going to take patience. You should begin to housebreak as soon as you bring your new puppy home. Puppies need to relieve themselves approximately six times a day. A puppy should be taken out immediately after each meal since a full stomach puts pressure on the colon and bladder.
A puppy is not physically able to control the muscle that allows him to “hold it” until he is about 12 weeks of age. Before this time, good housebreaking routines should be practiced to avoid having your puppy urinate and defecate all over your house. Watch for signs of urination or defecation, such as turning in circles. Take your puppy out often.
Dogs do not think the way humans do. When you are unhappy with your dog, it assumes that whatever it is doing at the exact moment you show disapproval – is the thing that is upsetting you. For example:
If your puppy relieves himself on your floor and you show your disapproval five minutes after he has committed the act, the puppy will think that the mess on the floor is bad. He will not relate to the fact that it was the act of relieving himself on your floor that you disapprove of. The dog will eliminate, see the mess and get worried; you are now going to be unhappy.
This is the reason so many dogs will relieve themselves in inappropriate places and look really guilty about it, yet they continue to do it.