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Title: Dog training - Training your dog the right way


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Dog training Training your dog the right way
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In order to be considered properly trained,
there are some basic commands that he or
she must master. Understanding these basic
commands is vital to the well being of
the dog, the owner and the family.
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Learning just a few basic commands can go
a long way toward creating a dog that is
a joy to be around. Everyone has seen
examples of both well trained and poorly trained
dogs, and few people would opt for the poorly
trained varieties. Training a dog properly the
first time is especially vital for owners
of dog breeds that have been bred for
their aggressiveness, such as pit bulls,
Doberman pinchers and German shepherds.
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In addition, proper training is important
for families with young children. Young
children can torment dogs and cause biting
reactions, so it is important that the dog
learn how to deal with these types of
situations.
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The basic obedience commands that every dog
must know are Heel, No, Sit,
Stay, Down and Off. These six
commands form the basis of every basic
obedience class, and it is vital that you
and your dog master these basic commands.
These are the fundamentals, and it will be
impossible to move onto other commands, or to
correct problem behaviors, without having
mastered the basics.
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Lets start with the most basic command of
all, the heel command. Teaching a dog to
heel is the fundamental first step in
teaching the dog to walk properly on the
leash. The proper place for the dog to
walk is at your side, neither lagging behind nor
straining to get ahead.
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Lets start with the most basic command of
all, the heel command. Teaching a dog to
heel is the fundamental first step in
teaching the dog to walk properly on the
leash. The proper place for the dog to
walk is at your side, neither lagging behind nor
straining to get ahead.
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Once the dog is consistently walking at
your side, try changing your pace and
encouraging the dog to match his pace with yours.
It should always be the dog who adjusts
his pace to you you should never adjust
your pace to meet the needs of the dog.
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The word NoThe word no is an important
one for your dog to learn, and one you
may be using a lot as training begins.
It is important that the dog learn to
respond to a sharp No promptly and obediently.
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The Sit commandThe sit command is another
vital link in the chain that is dog training.
Teaching a dog to sit on command, using voice
commands alone, will form the groundwork of
much future training, so it is important for the
dog to master this vital skill.
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The sit command can be combined with the
heel command. As you walk alongside your
dog, stop abruptly. If your dog does not
stop when you do, give a sharp tug on the leash
to remind the dog. Many dogs will
instinctively stop when you do, while
others need to be reminded through the use of
the leash and the training collar.
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Once the dog has stopped by your side,
urge him to sit by pushing gently on his
hindquarters. It is important not to use
too much pressure, or to push him down
abruptly. Doing so could frighten, or even
injure the dog. Rather, apply a steady downward
pressure. Most dogs will recognize this as
a sit command. It is important to say the
word sit as you do this.
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Repeat this procedure a few times by
walking, stopping and sitting your dog.
After a few repetitions, the dog will
probably begin to sit down on his own every
time he stops. It is important to say the word
sit each time, so that the dog will eventually
learn to respond to voicecommands alone.
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The Stay commandLike the sit command, the
stay command is a vital building block to
other, more advanced training. For
instance, the stay command is vital to
teaching the dog to come when called, which is in
turn vital to off leash work.
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The stay command can be made into an extension of
the sit command. Have your dog sit, and
while he is sitting, slowly back away. If
the dog begins to follow you, as he probably
will it first, come back to the dog and ask him
to sit again. Repeat the process until you can
reach the end of the leash without your
dog getting up from a sitting position.
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After the dog is reliably staying where
you indicate, you can try dropping the leash
and backing further away. It will probably take
the dog some time to reliably stay where
he is put without becoming distracted.
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The Down commandThe down command is
another important part of any basic
obedience training program. Teaching a dog
to lie down on command is much more than
an entertaining trick. The down command is very
important in regaining control of a dog, or
stopping a dog who is engaged in an
inappropriate behavior.
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The Off commandThe off command is just as
vital to as the other commands, and it
forms the basis for later training, especially
when training the dog not to chase people, cars,
bikes, cats, etc.
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For instance, when training a dog to
remain still when a bicycle goes by, the
owner would stand with the dog calmly on
the leash. If the dog begins to strain
against the leash, the owner sharply issues
an Off command accompanied by a tug of the
leash. Eventually the dog will learn to respond
to the voice command alone.
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