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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!


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>.


Questions

- Understanding

1. Describe a dogs use of body language.

2. Compare and contrast taking puppies on the road apposed to full grow adult dogs.


- Interpretation

1. How would you explain a dog's ability to communicate?

2. What about this article do you think a dog owner should remember?


- Evaluation

1. What would you suggest to a dog owner to train their dog to do first?

2. What is the author's purpose of this article?

Answers

- Understanding

1. A dog's use of body language allows he/she to communicate to other animals and human beings.

2. It would be easier to take full grown dogs on a road trip because they are fully trained, maybe, but puppies are smaller and easier to handle. It may all depend on the owners ability and trust within their pet to travel safety and comfortably on the road.


- Interpretation

1. A dog uses the body such as the movement of tails and ears to the sounds they make and the tone in their bark to communicate to other things.

2. That dogs are extremely verbal creatures and the way the act and use body language should be taken very carefully as to not upset the owner or the dog.


- Evaluation

1. I would suggest training their dog to follow commands as to help them train their dog easier and for them to be happy that they are doing as they are told. Both the owner and dog will be happy.

2. The author's purpose of this article is to inform dog owners or potential dog owners what to look out for and what to watch as they train their dogs to be obedient. It also seems the article gives tips and making dog training easy to keep trainers happy with the dog and the dogs themselves happy as well.

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