Obedience is one of the responsibilities a dog owner has to teach his dog. It is vital that dogs know their place in today’s society, which includes understanding exactly what is expected of them and to know how they have to behave. Easy commands such as sit, down, come, stay and lay down can easily be taught at home, but when it comes to defending property, or a person, you may need the help of skilled professionals who understand dog psychology and know exactly how to make you, the master, and your dog connect.
Training helps build a strong bond of trust between you and your four-legged companion. Your dog will be trained to seek your approval in everything he does, and at the same time this will give him/ her confidence and security, as well as a feeling of accomplishment. Masters have to understand that obedience training can be frustrating at first and depending on the methods used, and the dog’s learning abilities, can be a lengthy process.
Positive reinforcement, a key element of dog training, does not always solve behavior problems, but can be a solid foundation to help solve a number of problems often experienced with domesticated canines. Knowing when to reward you dog, and when not to, is indeed a vital part of obedience training. Your actions will affirm the behavior guidelines you expect your dog to learn or ignore.
Professional and competent dog trainers, who also offer effective obedience classes can be rather expensive, but necessary if you want to keep your naturally wild-blooded, or anxious canine with obedience problems around the house. Even if reality does not present such a threat, certain dogs, which came from a long line of hunters, may, under extreme circumstances, still perceive sudden actions or noise as danger, and could harm, or even kill, an innocent victim, something that absolutely needs to be prevented.
There are several types of dog obedience training techniques, and many resources are available online, at training facilities, or can be obtained at local kinology clubs.