Pet Training: Teaching Your Furry Friend Manners

Animals are not so different from humans, and this holds very true for dogs in particular. We’ve all heard dogs talked about as, “man’s best friend”, and they truly are that. A dog will do everything to please his owner, and his devotion is obvious. There have been many cases of dogs giving their very lives, to save the lives of their owners. Every breed of dog is different, just as every individual dog has their own unique identity, or personality. It is well known that, larger dog breeds make excellent family pets; but smaller breeds, such as the shiatsu, are quite snappy around small children. They must be trained in order to have good behavior. Even then, depending upon that specific breed, pet shoppers should take into consideration what breed they should buy, if they have children.

Any dog must have adequate training, if they are going to be considered “well-behaved” pets. Think about it. Even human beings are trained. Humans adapt to their environments, just as dogs do. At a very young age, human parents teach their young from right and wrong, in order to have high expectations for good and moralistic behavior, when they get older. There is no distinguishable difference with animals, unless you want to take into consideration that they walk on all fours, are hairy all over, and don’t speak English. Furthermore, with regard to pet training, and dogs in particular, dogs need a leader of the pack, in fact they crave one. For instance, with wild dogs, there is always an obvious Alpha male, which the members of the pack obey. It is the Alpha male that provides the necessary protection for the pack. This same scenario can be applied to humans, and their pet dog. Within a human family, normally a dog will pick one of the humans to be the authority figure, this human will in fact be the Alpha, whether it be a man or a woman. In a domesticated type of environment such as this, the family dog will attempt to be obedient to the commands of the Alpha leader in the home, but not as obedient to the other family members. This is where proper training comes into play, because, as stated, dogs desire to be taught how to act right, because their only desire is to please you, their owner!

A dog’s temperament can also have a role when it comes down to dog training. For dogs who are nervous, are get easily agitated, there has to be more patience given, and a lot more devotional attention given by the human owner. This is to say, if they are ever going to have the dog trained in obedience the way they really want them to be. One of the main tricks some dog trainers use for behavioral issues, such as barking for example, is a quick spray of water in the face. Dogs can not stand this, it actually hurts their feelings. In fact, this causes more distress for a dog than if you stood and pointed your finger, and yelled at your furry family member. You spray very little water, but just enough to get your point across effectively. Many dog owners invest in a regular bottle mister, which you can find at any retail store. If you have a problem with excessive barking, you shoot one small, quick shot of water at their muzzle area, not the eye, or nose. You’re not trying to get water up their nose, as this is most disconcerting for them. This will immediately let them know that barking for no reason is not acceptable. It make take a few times, every now and then, but eventually it is one of the most effective training tools known to dog trainers. Some might believe it to be cruel, but it is not. It is just a method that works, and they learn. This training technique is utilized by practically every dog trainer in America, because it is the less stressful remedy to the dog, yet the most effective.

Another very huge problem with many dog owners is the potty break one. The only way to really train your dog properly on this issue is to keep them on a schedule and stick to it. Trainers will tell dog owners that is crucial your dog learn exactly when it is potty break. If they have a potty break in the floor, then they get crated. What crating is, is really a form of punishment much like you’d do to a toddler. It is much like time-out for kids. You take your dog to an area away from the immediate family, preferable a type of kennel/cage. You don’t keep them in there very long, but just long enough for them to start understanding the message. It doesn’t take long at all until they’ve learned that their crating is because they’ve done a no-no in the house! Take it from someone with experience, they’ll catch on pretty quickly that this is a definite punishment. Remember, your dog only wants to please you, not make you sad. By doing this type of training for behavioral issues, your dog learns what not to do.

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