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How to train a dog

Among the many important responsibilities dog owners have, training a dog is among the most important. Well-trained pets are easier to care for and love, cause less damage to your home (and theirs), and live happier lives. In this article, we cover many of the basics of dog training. But we also cover some important facets of dogs themselves -- which you need to be familiar with in order to communicate with your pooch.These include how dogs communicate to you through body language and noises. Dogs send myriad messages with their bodies and their voices -- this is one reason why they're so fascinating and beloved. The more you understand their messages, the more you understand them and how your own messages are being understood. Read this entire article carefully -- there are three sections after this one -- and then put the wisdom into practice. Here's what we'll cover:

Understanding a Dog's Body Language

Dogs use their entire body to communicate. Their eyes and ears are especially dynamic, and they give sure-fire clues to dogs' emotions and impulses. How dogs tilt their heads, move their legs and torsos, wag (or raise or drop) their tails -- all these things contribute to the messages being sent. In this section, we cover many of the silent messages your pooch will give you, from his nose to his tail.

Interpreting Dog Barks and Noises

Dogs are probably the most "verbally" expressive of all domesticated animals, and this only adds to their charm. From the whine of a puppy to the angry growl of an adult, dogs mean what they say. The more you understand these signals, the happier you and your dog will be. At the same time, it's important to know which noises constitute an annoyance, and how to train your dog to stop making them. We'll offer suggestions on teaching a dog to stop barking in this section.

Dog-Training Tips

It's important to know not only how to train a dog, but what to train it to do. Puppies have no sense of correct behavior, so they offer a million things you could correct; which should you address? In this section, we'll cover what to correct as well as how to train a pooch. We'll also discuss dog obediences classes -- also known as puppy kindergarten -- and specific thing you can teach your dog if you plan on traveling with it. Life tosses up myriad challenges to a dog's sense of obedience, and the more he's trained to understand, the happier you both will be. Finally, for fun and practical benefit, we'll cover a few basic tricks you can teach your dog. They're a wonderful way to bond with your pet and to entertain the both of you, while teaching it how to behave and react to your commands. Everybody wins!

Fortney, William. "How to Train a Dog." Animal Planet. Discovery Communications, Web. 29 May 2013. <>.

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1. If someone who hadn't read this article, how would you summarize it?

I would say that the author wants to show that if you have bond with your dog and train him or her right oth of your lives would be easier and happier. But he also says that puppies have no sense of correct behavior so you should try to pay more attention to puppies.

2. How do dogs communicate?

Dogs communicate through body language and noises.


1. Do you believe that a dog is the perfect pet for a family? I think that families should have dogs more than any other animal because in my opinion and many others opinions, dogs are the easiest to train.

2. What would be the difference of training a dog and training a cat or even a horse?

To me I think training a dog would be a lot easier than training a cat or a horse for Many reasons. One would be that dogs communicate best with humans and can learn things easier. Also to train a horse it takes a lot of labor and time and effort. And you can't techniqually train a cat because their brains aren't big enough to be trained.


1. In your opinion what was the authors opinion about dog training?

I think that basically the author said training a dog can be easy but ado difficult. All dogs are different and when they are puppies the don't really understand how to listen.

2. What was the authors purpose of to article? I think the authors purpose was to tell the readers how it is to train a dog and to help readers understand what dogs do and how they communicate so they understand how they can train a dog by communicating and for it to be easier to train .