Dog training is tough to say the least. I love my puppy and he's the cutest thing ever, but his energy and moods still throw me off - even after 9 months and continuous advice from the boyfriend.
I've been told/warned/taught (on a small scale) that dogs/puppies are not necessarily 'best friends'/'human babies'/'babies in general when training them. Those nasty or annoying habits (in particular with my dog, barking when not being paid attention) only get worse or are a result of not establishing proper training techniques when receiving the puppy. Thus, one must approach training with total calm and complete appreciation for the fact that - adhering to natural dog rule - will lead to a happy and submissive puppy. I am no happier than the next dog-owner to use the word 'submissive' but I've come to understand that is juts a part of their psyche, and not something I should fear.
That being said, properly training my dog is probably one of the best things I can do for both him and I. He will fulfill an instinctual purpose and I will be a much easier-to-get-along-with-human being.
A well-behaved dog is a wonderful addition to any home. Spending just a few minutes a day helps build a bond between you and is great fun! If you have a family, learning to train a dog is wonderful for the kids, too. And once you start, it gets addicting! Both you and your dog wind up looking forward to those regular sesions. I adopted my first dog 7 years ago and discovered that, after taking her through lots of obedience classes, we both wanted … more
Dog training is loosely defined as a method used to teach a dog to exhibit certain behaviors. There are many styles of dog training available, including leash training, obedience training in a classroom, clicker training (using a clicker to signal a dog of desired behavior), the use of rewards and many more.
There are amazing array of behaviors that dogs can be taught, such as:
Retrieving for hunters
Dock diving as a sport
Agility courses, where dogs run obstacle courses
Companion animal training, where dogs are trained to perform tasks for their people such as safely walking with them on the street, opening drawers and doors, bringing objects on command and much, much more
Illness detection, where dogs learn how to sniff out certain types of illnesses, such as cancer or an owner who is in danger of a diabetic episode