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Dog Training - Tips and Information
All puppies need to be trained.
In this section of the site you will find information on dog training and how to train your particular dog breed. You will find information on training puppies and older dogs as well. In short, you will get a lot of dog training information and dog training tips by following the advices on this site.
Different dog owners as well as different professional dog breeders and trainers have very different opinions on how to and how not to train dogs. We will try to inform you about different methods in an objective way as long as they don’t harm the dog. If you want to discuss the merit of different methods you can do so in our dog forum. In the forum, you can also discuss dogs in general, share your dog training tips with others or simply discuss dog breeds and dog related issues with other dog owners.
The term dog training includes everything from house training your puppy to advanced rescue dog training. Obedience training is the basic training that will form the foundation of all other types of dog training. It will make it possible for you and your dog to proceed with to more advanced training if you wish to. Even if your dog is going to be a companion dog only it is advisable to obedience train it and dog training is naturally essential if the dog is going to be a hunting dog, compete in agility competitions, or similar.
A dog that live with humans must be trained to know what behaviours are acceptable in human society and which are not. Some natural dog behaviours are not appreciated by humans and this is where basic dog training comes in. A dog that is not trained to know what it can and cannot do will often become very insecure, since it wish to do the right thing for the pack but is given no or conflicting instructions on how act. Obedience training is also necessary in order to protect the dog from accidents and prevent it from injuring others.
Dogs are pack animals and consider humans a part of their pack. They have a natural interest to learn from the other members of the pack and it is this behaviour that can be used to train dogs and it is also one of the reasons why dogs are easier to train then many other animals. They will aim to please the pack leader and will also show obedience to the pack leader. It is therefore very important to be the pack leader when trying to train dogs. Thanks to this inclination to learn, dogs can be trained to perform a wide variety of different tasks and dogs are today used as guide dogs for the blind, rescue dogs, mine dogs, bomb dogs, guard dogs, narcotic dogs, hunting dogs and much more.
Dog training starts they day a puppy is born or, if you buy a puppy, they day you get the puppy home. A newborn puppy will receive basic social training from its mother (and any siblings), but humans need to be there to make the puppy used to human contact as well. Naturally, the type of training given to really young puppies is not about learning tricks or performing certain tasks. Instead, the training revolves around being a sociable dog that likes both dogs and humans.
It is a good idea to spend a lot of time with the puppy as this is the time when a dog is as most impressionable and the best time to get them to view humans as members of their pack. A dog that gets a lot of loving attention during the first 8 weeks of its life is much easier to train when it grows older compared to dogs that get less attention when very young. As mentioned above, the mother of the dog will also help train the dog during the first period and it is therefore important not to separate the pups from the mother at to young an age.
You can start obedience training your dog when it is about 8 weeks old but it is important to consider the age of the dog and adapt any training accordingly. A young puppy should only be trained to do simple things while more advanced tasks can be introduced as the dog grows older and have mastered the basics. A young puppy can be trained to obey basic commands, such as sit and stay, as well as which behaviours are acceptable and which are not. It is good to enforce these rules from an early age as the dog otherwise won’t understand why it suddenly one day isn’t allowed to do something it has been allowed to do so far. The dog might think you are annoyed with it and this can stress the dog and make it feel bad. Always let the puppy's individual personality, physical condition and ability to concentrate guide you during the training.
To find more information about different dog training methods and how to train your dog to do different things you can read the articles found in this section.
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