New and previous dog owners tend to forget one of the most important factors to being a dog owner, obedience dog training. It is important to know that dog training can begin at any time no matter how old or young your dog is.
Why Obedience Dog Training Is Important
An untrained dog is a hassle, stressful, and can be an overall pain to deal with. More often than not, owners who improperly train their dogs, or owners who do not train their dogs, end up dropping their dog off at the pound or giving it away. This is a sad end to what could have possibly been a wonderful and loving relationship.
Dog training allows dogs to learn the rules of the pack, it builds confidence with you and your dog, and it gives you the sense of security of knowing your dog is behaving well at home while you are not there. Obedience dog training sets firm boundaries with your dog, it builds self-esteem, and allows your dog to relax knowing that you will take care of it.
Puppies Can Learn Commands As Early As 3 Months
Age is an important factor when it comes to dog training. Starting off early with a puppy is always the easiest but not always the case. If you've just brought home a puppy then you're ahead of the game. Of course the first thing your puppy should learn is potty training. Once you've built a strong foundation with potty training you can start teaching your puppy a few basic commands such as Sit, Stay, Come.
Your Older Dog Can Learn Commands Easily
Many people believe in the old adage "You can't teach and old dog new tricks" but in reality it's just the opposite. Older dogs are just as capable of learning tricks and commands as puppies are. The key to obedience dog training is consistency and persistence. If you try for just one day to teach your dog to sit and then never attempt again, of course he will never learn how to sit!
Even if your older dog has many bad habits you can still break him of those habits in a short amount of time, all you need is consistency, persistence, and sometimes a little patience. With older dogs it is important to first build a pecking order. Your dog needs to learn that you are the leader of the pack, once these roles have been established training will come more easily.
Consistency and Persistence
It's important that you remain consistent in your training. Teach your dog one command for each trick, don't yell at your dog for chewing on your brand new shoes if you've given him old shoes as a toy in the past. Dogs can become easily confused and so when training it is important to remember that consistency is the key to success.
Persistence is to remain persistent. Training for one or two days here and there is not going to a lead to successful obedience dog training plan. Dogs have short attention spans and it is important to keep training sessions just a few minutes long. Because of this it is also important that you continue to train your dog on a daily basis.