Pet Obedience - Training Or A Waste Of Time

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When I got my Border Collie mix Sam from the local Humane Society, he had very few problems, which is a godsend for a rescued dog. In fact, when I inquired about Sam through a phone call, the people at the Humane Society said he was basically the perfect dog. They informed me that the only problem he had was jumping up on people. I thought, "that will be easy to solve".

If the dog runs past you, turn 180 degrees and run in the other direction. Watch over your shoulder and as the dog gets close, turn and encourage the why does my dog bark at other dogs to come right to you. As your dog begins to understand the exercise, and you are starting to get further away from him, try to make yourself as tall as you can when you call him in. If you drop down into a hunch or crouch then the smaller you will be to the dog.

Step number one. Rule out pain or health problem.You can do this by taking a closer look at your dog. Examine his body for any abrasion or splinter. Check his vital signs. See if he is not limping when he's walking. Do you know that thyroid problem as well as diabetes has similar symptoms with dog barking at dogs (their website) depression? If he's not suffering from any of these, he might be really suffering from depression.

Perhaps you have seen the show "It's Me or the Dog". This is a program that demonstrates in real life what can happen when a dog has not been sent to dog obedience School. The lessons learned can help your family avoid the feeling that the dog has taken over the house and make sure you stay in charge.

You see, you can talk about an event and keep it at arm's length (or further) or you can jump right in and imagine being right there as you relate the story. Which do you think is healthier when you are talking about a traumatic experience?

If your dog is alerting you to something, teach it that once you have checked out the situation and you have indicated that everything is ok; your dog must stop barking. My reactive dogs have learned that I want them to alert me to things on the property or that could pose a threat. As soon as I have checked it out and indicated everything is ok, my dog does not need to alert me anymore.

To encourage your canine with associating the right command with the correct action, one must give guidance to your canine by performing actions clear following each command.

Moving objects such as cats, squirrels and kids on bikes are harder. Try them only when your dogs' behavior is consistent. If it's not working then you've simply gone too far too fast. Just back up a bit and try again.

The subject of breed characteristics and instincts is for another article, suffice to say that; no trait is good or bad, it is more about what the human does with the trait that makes the difference between a reliable, well mannered dog and a so called 'bad' dog. Breed characteristics and instincts are a great tool and guide in selecting the right type of dog for you and your lifestyle because, they will form the foundation from which you can both grow together. If you choose the wrong breed for your lifestyle then, you will have problems. For example, if you live in an apartment and choose a working dog breed, what's going to happen? I don't need to answer that question for you, it's too obvious.

An outdoor dog has an address, not a home. Does your dog get so much mail that it needs its own address? A real value dogs offer is as companion animals. Do you live out in your yard? Whose company does your yard dog keep and protect? Stop behavior problems and start enjoying real protection and companionship.