A dog is a wonderful pet and for the majority of dogs, particularly the larger breads, taking them for regular walks is a necessity to keep them happy and healthy.
When you are walking your dog it is so much more relaxing if you are confident that you can control them – for their safety and your sanity. An obedient dog is more of a pleasure because as much as anything else, you can avoid the embarrassment of chasing them down the road if they see a cat or another dog.
Training your dog will also help to build the bond between you. You can take your dog to local dog training classes but there are basic commands that you can teach them by yourself if you are confident to do so. These basic commands include:
- Heel – it is important that any dog learn to walk beside its owner on a loose lead, neither pulling ahead nor lagging behind
- No – Respond to the word No. The word “No” is a word that dogs should learn.
- Sit – Training your dog to sit on command.
- Stay – A well trained dog should remain where his or her owner commands, so stay is an important command in dog training.
- Down – Lying down on command
Dogs are pack animals, and they look to the pack leader to tell them what to do. The key to successfully training your dog is for them to see you as their pack leader. The dog must see you as dominant. You do not need to be cruel to achieve this but you do need to be firm.
A properly trained dog will respond to their owner’s commands. Training your dog properly helps to avoid anxiety and confusion for them as they know who they must obey. The use of “Positive reinforcement” to reward desired behaviors will help the dog in there training. Essentially this means rewarding the dog when they do something right. In this way the dog learns that if he obeys the command he will be rewarded.
Dogs were originally bred by humans to do work for them, such as herding sheep, guarding property and protecting villages or communities. Training your dog has the added benefit of giving them something to do and keeping them entertained.
Basic dog training, and ongoing training, provide the dog with a source of physical and intellectual stimulation. This is especially important for high energy breeds such as border collies.
Introducing playtime into your dog training sessions is a useful way to stop both you and your dog becoming bored. Playing with your dog helps to strengthen the bond between you.