How To Train Your Dog

Shoshawna Hoeptner

Understanding a Dog's Body Language

You can read what a dog is feeling by their body language throughout their entire body. That's how they communicate with us. They may turn their head sideways in confusion, stretch or yawn. My dog stretches and yawns when she sees you even when she's not tired. She also jumps around and spins when she's excited that were home. Each dog may have a different way of showing you how it feels.

Interpreting Dog Barks and Noises

Dogs seem to have different sounding barks for certain things. Maybe an excited bark to see you, or a deep scary one at a stranger. These could be very helpful when your trying to learn more about your dog's character. After hearing the sound of each different type of bark, you learn that they're communicating with you.

Dog Training Tips

"It's important to know not only how to train a dog, but what to train it to do." If you are training it the wrong things, or tricks that are not useful to it's obedience then you won't have a well trained dog. When training your dog, you need to be strict without hurting them. But let them know exactly what you want them to do and they will quickly learn.

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!

Questions

Understanding

What would happen if you didn't take any effort into training your dog?


How can you describe how dogs communicate with us?


Interpretation

Can you connect what you already know to what you just read?


Discuss pros and cons of training your dog.


Evaluate

What is your opinion of understanding your dog's body language?



What is the most important thing about interpreting your dogs barks and noises?


Answers

Understanding

-You would have a very misbehaved dog, he may hurt you and tear up all your belongings. It would not be a good thing.


-Dogs communicate through body language. There are many things they can do with their bodies to show us what they feel.


Interpretation

-I know a lot about training dogs from experience. My dog is very obedient and I have learned how to train, and how they will act if you don't train them.


-Pros of training your dog are:

*you can do anything with them and they will be behaved

*you don't ever have to worry about them fighting with another dog


-Cons of training your dog:

*it takes a lot of time and work

*it may be difficult and frustrating


Evaluate

-When you learn to understand your dog's body language you always know what they're trying to tell you. It's a really cool feeling to know you're almost in a way talking to your dog.


-By interpreting your dog's barks you can know if you may be in danger or if they are hurt. It's a good thing to be able to do.