Reading Work Sample Practice

Taelor Thompson

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. <>.


Demonstrate understanding:

1. What are the main ideas of the story?

2. Does the author agree with dog training? How do you know. Give examples from the text

Demonstrate interpretation:

1. What can you say about dogs body language?

2. How are dogs verbal animals?

Demonstrate explanation:

1. What are your views on the importance of dog training?

2. Why is it important to understand your dog?


1. It tells about the importance of dog training as well as how to understand their body language and interpreting barks and other noises.

2. Yes, because they are very enthusiastic about the different aspects of dog training.

1. That their eyes and ears are very dynamic, they give clues on the dogs emotions and impulses.

2. Because they are the most verbal domestic animal, they use barking and other noises to identify their mood and what they want.

1. Dog training is very important. It's important because it helps you to know to know your dog, as well as teaches your dog better behavior.

2. It's important to understand your dog because it helps you understand it's mood, what the barks mean. It also helps you to understand their body language. Also it helps you to make sure you can understand your dog.