How To Train A Dog

Sarah Hukill

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Understanding:

How would you compare and contrast dog communication with human communication? How do they understand each other?

Both dogs and people communicate verbally and non-verbally, whether it's a thumbs up or a wagging tail. Dogs, unlike people, respond to things in the form of a reaction or want, and not so much to be emotional like humans. Dogs often lack "dramatics" in their gestures. All life interacts with each other, it's how we're designed! Dogs usually know when a big time-out is coming by the tone of your voice or that intimidating "death stare" you give them. Humans and animals communicate with each other through tones, gestures, actions, and expressions


How can you describe the benefits of a well-trained dog?

A well trained dog is more reliable, easier to manage, and causes less damage to your belongings. Training your dog helps both the trainer and the dog to learn from each other and understand one another. Overall, it's more enjoyable to play with an obedient dog, rather than a reckless mutt!


Interpretation:

What is the problem with lacking understanding towards your dog?

Lacking understanding for your dog can often result in mistaking its actions. If the dog is acting badly, it's best to find out why rather than immediately lashing out. Yes, discipline is very crucial, but say if your dog peed inside the house because its been locked inside for hours, this is where the owner needs to take responsibly and care for the dogs needs and pay attention to its gestures and communication.


Why do you think it's important to teach a dog tricks?

Teaching a dog tricks helps the trainer and the dog bond with each other because they're both spending time with each other. Dogs in general love to learn, so teaching a dog new tricks is entertaining for both the trainer and the dog.

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What's the first trick you would suggest to teach a dog?

I would teach a dog how to stay for its first trick. It's important for the dog to be able to restrain itself. This trick may come in handy if your dog wants to run off to play with another dog or chase a cat!

What choice would you have made if your dog disobeyed you?

If a dog is disobedient, they need to be disciplined, but not often right away. Puppies, for example, chew up and pee on everything! But by disciplining a dog at an early age, it actually helps it to learn to follow what you command better! However, you should never abuse a dog (or any animal or person) because they don't do what you tell it to do!

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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!