This is where it all begins. You are about to start one of the most rewarding parts of owning a dog. Training your dog is a fantastic way to bond with them, and provides essential mental stimulation. Whether you are training them for obedience competitions or just to fetch your slippers and morning mail, the time spent is worthwhile and satisfying for all concerned.
You don't need to train dogs to act goofy!
You need to have decided on your dog's name before training begins, as you’ll be using it a lot. Once you’ve chosen the name, stick to it so that your dog doesn't get confused when you begin to train him. Dogs are extremely perceptive to sound, and they will always pick up on the tone of your voice. Make sure you pronounce every command very clearly, and repeat each hand command precisely too to prevent confusion.
Rewarding with praise and treats is essential when training. If you are using reward-based training, your dog will quickly learn how to earn a treat and then will begin to respond without hesitation. It is the most effective way of teaching your dog a command, particularly if he loves his food – and most dogs do!
A Cocker spaniel trained to the max for a dog show
Professional Dog Training
Professional dog training classes are a great opportunity to socialize your dog with other dogs and people. It can help you to keep on top of training so that your dog doesn’t develop any negative behaviors. It will also help to keep your dog both physically and mentally active on a weekly basis.
The trainer will be able to offer you professional advice as to the best and fastest ways to train your pet, and will also be able to discuss any queries that you might have about his behavior. If you wish to enter your dog in an obedience competition at some point in his life, professional dog training is pretty much essential.