Training a puppy or new dog when you first bring them home is critical. It is obvious that you need certain physical items such as a dog bed or crate, food and water bowls, puppy chow, collar, leash, toys, etc. Equally as important, all family members must decide and agree on routine, responsibility and rules. The first few days are extremely important because enthusiasm and emotions are up.
Every dog owner has probably been down this road before, the seemingly impossible task of trying to get your dog to listen to you. It does not matter if your dog is young or old, overcoming a particular behavior problem can be difficult. In some cases it can seem downright impossible.
Most dogs are good at heart and capable of learning exactly how to behave. It’s only a matter of finding the teaching method that works for them and being consistent in how you approach their issues.
Obedience training is one of the most important aspects of raising a dog. In fact, a well trained dog is by far a happier dog because a trained dog requires fewer restrictions. The more reliable the dog, the more freedom he is given.
For example, many stores and businesses that normally won't allow dogs on their premises will make an exception for a puppy or a dog that will heel nicely by his owner's side, or will do a sit-stay or down-stay without hesitation.
And when company arrives in your home, there's no need to banish a well-behaved dog to another room for fear that he will be a royal nuisance. Moreover, because a well-mannered, obedience-trained dog is both appreciated and welcome, he receives more attention and interaction from family members, visitors, and passers-by, than does the ill-mannered dog.
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