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Many dog owners complain about their dog's behavior problems, but the majority of those problems can be cleared up with dog obedience training.

Some dog owners enroll their dog in obedience sessions with the goal of entering them in an obedience trial, although the majority of them simple want their dog to become more obedient.



Whatever the reason, any dog owner can benefit greatly from doing this type of training with their dog.


The Benefits of Obedience Dog Training

Among the benefits of dog obedience training are:


Reward Training vs. Leash Training

The idea behind dog obedience training is to get your pet to become more compliant with your demands. Dogs respond well to clicker training or commands given in short words in a tone of voice that marks specifically the type of response you are looking for.

Although there are several types of obedience training, the two most commonly used are reward training and leash training. All dogs respond well to reward training, although not every dog may appreciate the same type of reward. Some prefer treats, while others prefer praise. The basic idea is to give a command and then offer a reward when the desired behavior is attained. This is a gradual process because your dog won't know immediately what commands like "sit" or "roll-over" actually mean. You'll start out by showing the dog what you want and rewarding partial compliance at first, working your way toward total compliance.

For example, to teach the "sit" command, put your hand under the dog's chin and raise it up, which will naturally bring him to a sitting position. Reward when his bottom is on the ground until you no longer have to raise his chin up to get him to sit.

Dog obedience training with leash/collar is a bit more difficult for beginners, but it is still achievable. Use it in conjunction with reward training to teach your dog how to walk on a leash without pulling on it. If you don't want to use rewards at all, start by introducing your dog to the leash. Then walk together while giving him just enough leash to walk next to you. You'll be able to gradually work your way up to more and more leash.


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