(Reprinted with permission)
A GOOD TEAM connects the dots!
A well-trained dog is a pleasure. Even if all you want from your dog is companionship, it’s important for him to learn good manners. With humane training techniques, you can have a happy dog that eagerly comes when you call, walks gracefully on a leash and doesn’t leap on visiting friends. Training your dog won’t solve all behavior programs, but it will give you a starting point for modifying unpleasant behaviors. When your dog jumps up on people, use the command “Sit!” (at ADTC, we use the command “Off!”, but consistency in the command used is all that matters!) If your dog chews your shoe, use the command “Leave it!” Be patient and remember that dogs don’t really understand the words we use. Instead, they learn to associate a behavior with a specific command. Always use the same words to command your dog. There are a dozen different ways to say, “Leave it,” but your dog will only learn to obey if you consistently use that phrase. If you’re unsure of a local Obedience Trainer, we’ll help you find the right one!
Obedience training can be fun and easy. Gone are the days of using force to train dogs. Research into animal behavior shows that the best way to train animals is to use positive reinforcement. Simply put, positive reinforcement shapes behavior through rewards. A reward can be anything your pet enjoys: verbal praise, hotdog slivers or a scratch behind the ears. Animal behaviorists also train pets by rewarding “non-behaviors.” These are any passive behaviors you like to see, such a refraining from being aggressive toward other dogs while walking on a leash, refraining from chewing, or even just sitting calmly in the living room. If you see your dog being good, give him a little praise. Over time your dog will earn what sort of behavior you expect.
Books and videos can help teach you how to train your dog, but nothing matches the expertise of a qualified dog training. Taking Obedience Classes in a group setting will help socialize your dog and teach him to obey despite distractions. Each breed has unique challenges. For instance, a Jack Russell Terrier tends to be strong willed, while a Basset Hound is mellow and slower to learn. A skilled Dog Trainer can guide you toward recognizing what your pet needs in order to understand you. A Quality animal trainer will allow you to visit a class. Choose a class that employs reward-based training methods, and one where you can that both pet owners and dogs are in a relaxed environment.
The Doctor and Staff at
Pine Valley Animal Hospital, PC
910 799 4500
Info by “Healthy Pet” magazine Publisher; Tiffany Schaible