How to train a dog

Jacob Torres

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. <>.


Understanding: 1.What would happen if you don't train your dog?

Understanding: 2.What is the main idea of how to train your dog?

Interpretation: 3.How could you train a dog?

Interpretation: 4.What is the problem with training a dog?

Evaluate: 5.What is your opinion on how to train a dog?

Evaluate: 6.Rank the importance of training a dog?


1. What would happen if you don't train a dog is it would be hard to take care of the dog and it the dog can cause a lot of damage if its not trained well.

2. The main idea of how to train your dog is to communicate with your dog because dogs communicate to you through body language and noise. And if you communicate with the dog the dog will obey signals.

3. How you could train a dog is taking it to obedience classes for dogs which will teachethe dog how to understand.

4. The problem with training a dog is sometimes the dog wants to do what he wants to do and doesn't obey what the trainer is telling him to do.

5. My opinion on how to train a dog is that if you don't train the dog it will cause a lot of damage to your home and it can be a danger to people because the dog can bite.

6. The importance of training a dog can be ranked as a 9 because some dogs that are not trained are really good dogs and obey your rules and it is also important because if a dog is not trained it can harm people.