Training Your Dog

Training a dog can be a very rewarding. Most of us have seen a dog on television do a cute trick but have looked over at our pooch and wondered why he will not even fetch a ball. It is not him, it is the owner.

Training a dog to do what we want requires discipline. The basic dog psyche wants to please his or her master. Most professional dog trainers advise starting off slowly and working up from there.

First, you need a dog training collar to help with the basic commands. These commands are: sit, lie down, stay and stop or come. Your dog must be able to obey you.

After you have mastered the basic commands, it is time to play. Training experts say that it is important for a dog to enjoy his play. Drug sniffing canines are taught how to search out drug stashes through the use of a favorite toy. They are trained by the act of playing. Of course, they are also well disciplined but training dogs to do important jobs also can be fun for them.

Training show dogs is a little different than teaching your animal to sit, stay or roll over. This is one area dog training that requires the dog be impeccable.

As the trainer you are expected to know the hundreds of little rules that can cause a dog to win or lose the competition. The length of coat, the dog agility, and the teeth are but a few of the items that judges look at.

If your dog show training pet skills are not up to par, there are still competitions your animal can be entered into. One that strikes humor in many is the Ugliest Dog competition. The phrase “a face only a mother could love” is absolutely true where some of these dogs are concerned. Bald and wrinkled or hairy and bug-eyed, all types of dogs make this competition.

Training skills require study and many hours of practice. It is part of training your dog to do what you want it to. It does not have to be all work though. You can train your dog to be your own personal star.

He or she can fetch your paper or be trained to catch a Frisbee; the choice is up to you. The most important thing is to have fun with your friend and enjoy each other’s company.