How to train your dog

Krista ortiz

How to train your 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!

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-What is the main idea of the section 'understanding a dogs dog's body language'?

-How can you describe the article?


-Why do you think you should be able to interpret dogs barks and noises?

-Discuss the pros and cons of owning a dog.


-What is your opinion of training a dog to do tricks?

-What is the most important detail in dog-training?



-Dogs use their entire body to show us how they are feeling and we need to know how to read these messages.

-Owning a dog is a big responsibility and if we don't know how to train them properly and understand them, they won't be the loving dog that we want. Dogs use their eyes, ears, heads, legs, torsos, and tails to communicate their feelings. The most verbal pet is the dog and when you understand them, you and your dog will be happier. Training a dog takes a lot of dedication and when you teach the correctly, you can have fun with your pet.


-We should be able to interpret a dogs barks and noises because it makes us better understand what they want/need.

-Some pros of owning a dog is always having a companion. Also, you can exercise with your pet and not feel lonely while doing so. The cons of owning a dog are training it properly from puppy to adult. Training a puppy may be the hardest part because you have to train it to go to the bathroom outside and how to be social with other dogs.


-Answers may vary. Answer is a matter of opinion. Example: my opinion of training dogs to do tricks is that you get to bond with your dog more as you train them.

-The most important detail in dog training is training a dog from when it is a puppy because when your dog trusts you it will respect you more and be more obedient.