Taking a Short Course in Dog Training

Preliminary obedience is to a dog what lowering a toilet seat is to a human: It takes patient practice, but it can be done. Obedience training is one of the most rewarding experiences between a dog and its owner. You’re not just doing yourself a favor; you give your animal a happier and more fulfilling life. Obedient dogs are well-adjusted, confident, and mentally quick.

You can be sure of his behavior even if you leave him alone with other people.

When he understands that you are his master, teaching him the commands to obey is easier. In this sense, it can be dangerous to confuse an animal; He will be aggressive and seek to dominate you. Don’t overdo it, and don’t be too harsh to show that you are the boss; be assertive, stand your ground, and correct that inauspicious trait as soon as you see it rear its ugly head.

The transition from basic to more advanced obedience training will be easier if your dog recognizes the patterns you establish in your training sessions. Declare your authority using a strong and confident voice. When you say, “Sit down!” carefully guide it to the desired position firmly. Each command will require several attempts, especially at first.

Operant conditioning rewards the dog with treats or praise for doing the right thing. It is the most effective way to train your dog; that’s what he understands. Praise your dog every time he does something right. Sometimes it’s easy to miss, but go the extra mile to avoid it. Dogs need clarification and will remember what is correct every time they recognize what good behavior is.

Shame will also highlight the difference between what is good and what is bad. Instead, reprimand the animal every time it makes a mistake. Do this at the time of the mistake, not after, so that the dog realizes his mistake. For example, if he starts finding unidentified dirt on the street interesting enough to eat, immediately reprimand him. Then put dog food in front of him. When he starts eating his food, be generous with your praise.

To progress in training the dog, keep the short courses as frequent as possible. Repeat on your teams. Don’t limit your dog’s training to school time or certain times of the day. Otherwise, you want to study outside of summer vacation.

Movie dogs scare you with the complexity of the tricks they are given. But they all started by sitting down. Start with the basics and work your way up. With patience and consistency, your dog will move on to more complex commands like growling, walking, fetching, and attacking. Use the same principles before, and you will succeed at higher levels.


Now that you have a working knowledge of a professional trainer’s guide to advanced dog obedience training, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start training!