Why “obedience training?”

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Q: Why “Obedience training”?

A: Suburban living and laws have restricted our dogs from roaming more freely, so we have to put up with them digging, barking and running a path in the lawn. Obedience training is perhaps the more sensible way to channel these canine activities and get them to become well behaved within the restrictions they find themselves.

Most people do not know to what level of training their dogs are going to progress. How much work it takes to get a well mannered, socially acceptable dog depends on many factors such as: the patience and consistency of teaching, the temperament of the dog, the amount of time available for training, etc. However, most “dog” people will recommend that your boisterous pup be taken for “Obedience trining” which is aimed at training a do to be obedient, to do what he is commanded to do.

Obedience training need not only be conducted on an open field where you see dogs and their handlers march along in lines or circles. What they do for the beginner trainer or handler is to provide him with an understanding of how a dog thinks and how to think like a dog. Dogs need leadership to be happy and pleasing. They also provide typical obedience commands as a tool to teach basic teaching and handling skills. This allows the owner/trainer to go home to continue the training at home in a quiet area without distractions. The kitchen or passage may be ideal areas for effective training.

Obedience training not only helps to teach a dog his position in the pack, but also helps the owner to establish his leadership role in that pack. Bad habits will be corrected and it teaches a dog to follow commands. We learn to understand and interpret their behaviour, wants and needs. But the real benefit is the importance of having a well-behaved dog in the home. A trained dog is more confident and can be allowed greater freedom. A dog that will not come, sit or stay when commanded to do so is likely to become a pest, unhappy and left alone and worse, could bite someone and may even be abandoned or put down.

It is strongly recommended that all dogs have at least some obedience training. You need not immediately decide to become part of the “formal” obedience training which is a sport and is practiced at different levels, but rather aim for the more practical or “basic” training in order to fulfill your responsibility to make sure that your dog is a well behaved member of society. At the same time you will improve your relationship with your dog.

A dog that has been taught to pay attention and to follow and understand basic commands such as: “sit, down, heel, come, and stay” and “no”, will be more secure and safer than an unschooled dog! Basic obedience training will give a dog confidence and ensure that you will have greater control over your dog and thus reducing anxiety in both dog and owner.
Basic obedience training teaches your dog to do things without being told to do so. He will automatically walk and sit on your left side and will greet you and guests without jumping up.

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