Pet Obedience Training

pet obedience training

What is pet obedience training, you may be wondering? Basically it is a type of animal behavior modification that focuses on using constructive, positive behaviors to train a cat or dog to behave properly towards humans in the home or around pets. It teaches them to obey your commands and respect their owner. Regardless of whether or not the class is formally run, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself before the class begins. This will help you be more successful during the training.

Collect Supplies

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Before going to pet obedience training classes, make sure you have all of the supplies on hand that you will need. At a minimum you will need a leash, a collar, toys to play with your pet on, a bag for your belongings, and food to keep them healthy. You may also want to get an extra bag and a water bottle so that you can bring your pet along with you to the class.

The first thing you want to do before heading out to a pet obedience training class is to make sure that your pet is fully housebroken. If they are not, you will need to take them to the house to “treat” them. Take them out at night, after you have cleaned up the house. At the door, say “good boy” or “sweet girl”, and take them into your arms and allow them to sit on your lap. Reward with praise every time they sit on your lap and pay attention to you as you give them affection.

Try Other Options

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In addition to housebreaking your pet, there are many other things that you can do to prepare for pet obedience training. A couple of the most important things to do are to identify where your pet will relieve himself, and have a routine for bringing him in before you leave the house. Your dog should never be let outside unsupervised. If you have never done this before, it may take some trial and error. Start by bringing your pet into the yard before you go out, then move to the bedroom, then outside again, eventually letting your pet wander free.

To start, you want to establish a routine for bringing your dog in before you leave for work or school. When you get home, call your dog and be prepared for a “come” command. If your dog does not immediately come to you or return to you when called, wait for at least two minutes before calling again. If he ignores you, repeat the process until he calms down.

Teach Them With Treats

When you go to work, take your pet to where you will be and stand them on a leash. When you arrive at your workplace, have someone walk your dog on a leash until you arrive. This will calm your pet when you cannot be right with them.

Pet obedience training can also teach your dog to respond to verbal commands. One of the best ways is with treats. Give your dog a treat when he follows your command. Once they have mastered that command, switch to a toy or stick, until your dog understands the concept.

Ensure Discipline

Remember, if you want to train your pet properly and safely, you will need to spend time with them. It can take your pet a while to understand commands, so be patient. Good luck!

Pet training involves discipline. You will want to reprimand your dog when he doesn’t follow the rules. Don’t yell at your pet. This will make him more nervous and you will lose control of him. Also, use a firm “no” when your dog does something wrong.

Spend Time With Your Dog

It is also important that you know your dog. Some dogs have personalities that make them more aggressive. Always remember that your pet is an animal and should be treated as one. If you know that your dog has a tendency to snap at other dogs or objects, keep a closer eye on him when outside. Don’t hesitate to call his name when you are near.

Ending Note

Pet obedience training can be fun. Remember that it takes patience. Remember that you want your dog to obey you. Never lose sight of the fact that this means giving him the freedom to live with his natural instincts. If you do, you’ll have a much happier pet and less stress.

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