Often, when people think of obedience training, they think of “perfect” dogs. Show dogs, police canines or at the very least, extremely obedient pets who follow every given command.
While having a very obedient dog does have its benefits, even the average dog can be much more easier to enjoy with a little obedience training. Simple commands, such as the “heel” (walk at my side), “sit,” “down” and “stay” should be taught not simply as a neat trick to do in the kitchen for a treat, but mainly for the purpose of using the commands on a day-to-day basis.
For example, if your dog knows how to “stay” well, you can pin your front door wide open for your convenience when carrying in packages. The pet who is good at the “down/stay” is easier to keep at bay when mopped floors are drying. And guests surely appreciate when your pooch doesn’t pounce all over them when they visit.
Begin by working with your dog in a very low distraction environment, such as indoors. As your pet shows that he understands what the commands mean, you can gradually practice in higher distraction areas, such as in your own back yard, out front, around your neighborhood and eventually at places such as parks and shopping centers.
Once your dog knows the basic commands, don’t forget to use them as a way of life in everyday situations so you can enjoy your pet more. A dog who sits while you put the leash on is much easier to deal with. One who doesn’t pull can be walked by the kids. A pet who comes when called is far less likely to become injured or lost. The examples could go on and on, and once you realize the possibilities, you too will surely think of many additional ways to enjoy your pet through obedience training!
Lori Verni-Fogarsi has been an author, speaker, small business consultant, and Certified Master Trainer for 18+ years. Her novel, “Momnesia,” (contemporary women’s fiction) has been designated a National Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist, and her nonfiction book, “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs,” has been widely acclaimed in its genre. To learn more, please visit www.LoriTheAuthor.com and join Lori on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LoriTheAuthor.