Reading Work Sample Practice
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:
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.
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.
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. <http://animal.discovery.com/pets/how-to-train-a-dog.htm>.
1.) How would you compare a dog's communication to a human's?
2.) What is the main idea of this article?
1.) Why do you think it's so important to train your dog at an early age?
2.) What can you point out about the author of this article?
1.) What is your opinion of "puppy kindergarten"?
2.) What do you think is the most important thing to learn about a dog?
1.) I would compare the way dogs speak with their body to how we communicate. The article said dogs wagging their tail is a big part of their communication. Although we don't wag our tails there's plenty of other ways we communicate, like shaking/nodding our heads.
2.) The main idea of this article is to reach out to dog owners and maybe help them figure out how to train their pup.
1.) I believe it is very important to train your dog at an early age because when an animal is younger is when it takes in the most knowledge, just like humans. If it learns the right skills at an early age it will continue with those skills throughout its life.
2.) Something I can point out about the author of this article is that he is passionate about dogs. He also seems very intent on making sure dogs are trained.
1.) My opinion of puppy kindergarten is that it is not the way to train your dog. You have to train your dog yourself so it knows that you are it's owner.
2.) I think the most important thing to learn about a dog is how it reacts. If you figure out how your dog reacts to something you can learn how you should react to your dog and want things you want them to learn.