Basic Dog Training
Every dog can learn. There's really no reason why anyone should neglect basic dog training for their pet. Regardless of whether he's a new puppy fresh from the trainer or an older dog rescued from the pound, your dog is capable of responding to basic dog training and will thrive in your care as a result.
Basic dog training involves developing a minimum standard of good behavior and building up social skills. A well-behaved dog is a joy for everyone around and a well-socialized dog will learn to be calm in unfamiliar or distracting situations. Dogs that are provided with basic dog training will not be bored. Bored dogs are tempted to fill their time with their own activities, like barking, chewing on furniture, marking territory, and other sorts of undesired behavior. Your dog loves to please you and will enjoy the stimulation of basic dog training.
If you have a puppy, then you may have heard of puppy parties. If not, then you should find out if there are any puppy parties scheduled near you. Puppy parties are informal get-togethers where puppies and their owners spend some unstructured time together. The puppies are allowed to play together with minimum intervention from their owners. They learn that there's no need to fear other dogs, and they become used to meeting strangers.
The best age for getting started with puppy parties is from about 12 weeks (usually after your puppy's second round of immunizations) up to five or six months. If at all possible, you should get to your first puppy party before your pup turns 20 weeks, because socialization learning tends to decline after that. If you plan to include classes in your basic dog training, then the puppy parties are an excellent way to start. The move from puppy parties to the early obedience classes will be almost seamless.
Puppies are used to learning discipline from their mother. That's your job now. Your puppy should learn the word "no" fairly quickly in his basic dog training. There's certainly no need to be cruel about it, but a quick tap on the nose accompanied by the word "no" will help to set some ground rules early on. Even though your puppy is, well, just a puppy, he'll start establishing dominance early. He needs to know where he stands in the scheme of things.
Usually, your highest priority in basic dog training is going to be house training. A dog crate is absolutely, positively the easiest and most successful tool for house training your dog. In fact, most basic dog training goals can be achieved with the use of a properly sized dog crate.
Other goals for basic dog obedience should include learning the command to "sit." This most basic of obedience commands will often be the starting position for learning the others. If you dog will sit on command, it will also be safer for him in many situations. Other basic dog training behaviors should include coming when called and learning to walk with a collar and a lead.
Basic dog training should be rewarding for both you and your dog. Although it requires constant vigilance early on, and continuing patience and persistence, your dog will learn quickly and begin to anticipate your desires. Basic dog training is the foundation for a strong bond and lasting relationship between you and your dog.
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