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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. <>.


1.How would you explain understanding a dogs body language?

2.Why do you think dogs are the most "verbally" expressive domesticated animals then most?

1.What did the author say about "interpreting dog breaks and noises?"

2.What is the main idea of understanding a dogs body language?

1.What is your opinion of this article "how to train a dog."

2.What do you think is the most important out of "understanding a dogs body language"," interpreting dog barks and noises", and "dog-training tips?"


1.A dog uses their body language to communicate. For example if you ask a dog if he needs to use the bathroom and he barks and jumps up and down on and off things it means " yes take me NOW!!"

2.I think dogs are the most verbally expressive domesticated animals then most because if you ask a cat something they just look at you like your stupid but a dog on the other hand if you ask it something it answers you back and you can't understand what there saying when they bark but you can if you look and listen to their body language.

1.The author said that a dog mean what they say like if a dog is just growling softly when your playing with them it means like ya I'm having fun keep playing with me but if the growl Is loud and non playful it might mean someone is here or leave me alone I don't know you. A dog can mean a lot of different things you just need to read their body language.

2.The main idea of understanding a dogs body language is that there are all different types of body language for a dog and you just have to watch for them.

1.My opinion of this article " how to train your dog" is that if your going to train your dog go all out for it and watch for thing that the article tell you about because if you don't you might end up hurting yourself or your dog.

2.I think that understanding a dogs body language and interpreting dogs barks and noises are the most important because they really tell you what you need to know for a bark to a growl and a tail waging to covering the eyes.