Obedience training for your dog or puppy is the most basic step to communicating proper obedience and behavior. If you want to have a dog that you can confidently take into public, you must make sure that your dog receives at least a basic level of obedience and behavioral training. Obedience training ensures that your dog knows how to interact with you, the general public, and other dogs. A dog that has not been given proper obedience training is potentially a danger to you and others.
With proper obedience training, you can communicate with your dog better, leading to a better relationship for both you and your dog. There are several things you can do to help improve your dog’s obedience and behavior. We recommend:
- Keep to a strict schedule – sticking to a specific daily training schedule helps make training seem like just another part of life for your dog. They’ll come to anticipate and look forward to spending time with you. If possible, scheduling training right before feeding time is a good idea. This will often result in a dog being extra motivated to participate as they know they will be “rewarded” with food at the end.
- Keep obedience training sessions to a reasonable amount of time – dogs generally have a relatively short attention span. The key to successful obedience training is to keep your dog interested and engaged. If your sessions are too long, your dog will lose interest and may lose interest in future training sessions.
- Don’t punish your dog for poor performance – punishing your dog by yelling, hitting, or isolation can actually do more damage to your dog’s obedience training than help. Punishing your dog verbally, physically, or psychologically can cause stress, fear, or destructive behavior. Instead, successful obedience training will reinforce good behavior with rewards and withholding rewards for bad behavior.
- Plan your obedience training – before starting obedience training, plan out your goals. Just like with any project, an obedience training plan with clear direction is more likely to be successful than obedience training without clear goals and objectives.
- Start with professional training – before attempting obedience training yourself, we recommend signing up for professional obedience classes. Professional obedience classes will help you learn the basics and best practices of obedience training and even bring to your attention behaviors that you may not have noticed on your own. By starting with professional training, obedience training will be more beneficial to you and your dog long term.
Following these steps will help create a better relationship between you and your dog. For more information on obedience training, or to schedule obedience training in Germantown, Maryland, contact Germantown Veterinary Clinic today. We offer obedience training for dogs small and large, old and young, on a variety of topics, including potty training, socialization, leash training and more!