If you are successful in obedience training your dog, this will strengthen your position as the leader in the household. Your dog will be well behaved and will submit to your leadership. This is important for you and your dog. Don’t let your dog rule the household.
So how do you go about getting your dog to behave? You will need to be patient and follow a structured training plan. You have to remain consistent in your training and demonstrate patience. Your dog will want to please you, but it will take time and effort for him through the various training consistency. Remember he is a dog! He will at first be confused and will fail. He will test his limits and see if he can escape from your commands. You need to be firm but not harsh. Keep commands short, repeat them often, and be consistent. He will eventually respond and perform the desired behavior.
Your dog will naturally want to please you as the leader of the pack, but he will test you. If he discovers that you are vulnerable and that his human master will not protect him, he will soon become a parasite, barking to get attention and manipulating you. This is why it is so important to remain a leader and exercise discipline.
The beauty of training your dog to behave is that you will strengthen the bond between you and your dog. You will develop a relationship of trust and affection that will feel like a permanent one. Your dog will be secure knowing that his owner cares for him.
The other benefit of obedience training is that it will save you time and get you out on the trail of an abandoned canine companion. This is especially helpful if you have rescued a beagle or other smaller breed from a shelter. Rescue groups find these “mentally starved” dogs so mentally dead that they act like ” possessed motivational muscle ” until they collapse.
Many of these “mentally starved” dogs make excellent companions. However, for whatever reason that they may have once possessed, that potential for a companion is gone. It is heart-wrenching to know that this once “entertaining” dog no longer provides its owner with the same benefits it once had.
Many “suitable” dogs are returned to shelters. This is usually a result of family members moving. A dog that has been According to the Humane Society, positionally healthy and adopted may be difficult to house train, or care for. This is especially true of older dogs.
There are some important steps that you, as a responsible dog owner, can take to prepare your dog for a new home and to reduce the possibility that he, or she, will become a number one, lost pet.
If you intend to be adopting a puppy, phase your offering to the pup out by giving him or her time to take in their new surroundings. This allows you the time to “train” them in a manner that you desire.
The most important thing for you to do is study dog behavior and specific dog breeds. Find out how that breed responds (or doesn’t respond) to various situations.
Beware of shy or fearful dogs. These can be the easiest to “potty train”. Often, these are the ones rescued by animal shelters and dog rescues. The owner’s who found them seem to believe that the rescued dogs are “bad dogs”. This may hamper your efforts to make their house trained.
Consider why you want a dog. Fear, anxiety, illness, breed predispositions, don’t know what they are saying out loud. They may not be verbalizing their feelings, but nervous feelings are often obvious in dog body language.
It’s best to take your time and not over the liked him or her. That may sound mean, but your dog will notice. Spend some time nursing a nervous dog back to health and then adopt that dog. If your new dog is shy, you can help by going to pet events with a very calm dog (not one that’s excited, but one that’s relaxed).
Don’t leap into dog ownership. It’s a big decision and should be well thought out. One high on the agenda should be to research the different dog breeds and what is appropriate for you.