Reading Work Sample

Colby Lallo

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. What would you say is the most important role dog owners have?

2. How can you describe the behavior of puppies?


1. Discuss the pros and cons of being a dog owner.

2. Why do you think puppies have no sense of correct behavior?


1. What is the most important trick to training dogs?

2. What would you suggests to do when training a dog?



1. The most important role of being a dog owner would be to make sure your dog is bathed and fed.

2. Puppies don't think of what they are doing and just do what they want until they get used to being punished for it.


1. A pro to being a dog owner is if your dog is trained to use the restroom in the are you want, but a con would be if your dog went to the bathroom on the floor in your house.

2. I think puppies have no sene of correct behavior because they are young and haven't learned to do any better.


1. The most important trick to training dogs is to understand their body language.

2. I would suggest that you don't baby your dog when training him/her, but to show discipline so it knows there are consequences for what it does.