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Basic Obedience Training for Dogs

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Mastering basic obedience commands is a vital part of being a responsible dog owner.  These basic commands make navigating the relationship between animal and owner much easier and keep both you and your pet safe in emergency situations.  

From an outsider's perspective, basic training can look either very simple or extremely difficult.  Recognize that training can take a lot of work.  Also recognize any dog can learn at least the most basic and necessary commands.  Dog owners occasionally run into road blocks when training, don't become frustrated.  Seeking assistance from a professional trainer benefits first-time owners or individuals struggling with teaching commands or correcting problem behaviors.  Don't ever hesitate to ask for help!    

Training takes a lot of time and patience, even if you aren't trying any complicated or 'fancy' tricks.  The responsibility of pet ownership includes properly training and socializing your animal.  Before considering adopting an animal, please take into account how much time you will need to dedicate to making sure you have a happy, healthy, well-socialized and well-trained animal.

Finally, dog ownership and even training should be fun!  Don't be too serious and make sure both you and your pet have a good time so you will look forward to future sessions!  
 
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msminnamouse10 months ago
I don't ever advocate pushing on a dog's back. You never know what dog is harboring a back or joint problem that's gone undetected. You can easily just capture a sit. There's no force involved. It also makes the dog think instead of you working them like a puppet.
Remember if you are doing a fun activity, like teaching fetch don't use treats, play with your dogs as a reward. This will help the dog be more interested and excited about training. Also no dog wants to eat while playing
Tip for those of you with overweight pets or a fear of your pet gaining too much weight: Set a portion of your pets food aside as treats. Usually, it's not so much the treat at hand as it is the prospect of gaining praise and getting something from you. :)
brittburk (author)  bodaciousbrittany3 years ago
Excellent suggestion. Yes, always make sure you subtract the amount of treats from the meals you give to your dog to make up for those extra calories they're getting.

If you're still worried about weight problems you can also use low-calorie, healthy treats like a cubed apple. :)
Excess3 years ago
A nice, clear and informative instructable.

What would be the best way to teach a dog where to poop?
brittburk (author)  Excess3 years ago
As in going outside? If you're trying to housebreak a dog I found it helpful to always take my dogs out on a leash during the training period. Walk your dog around and pay close attention to their behavior, most dogs do a circle or some movement before they go (mine didn't, it was a little tougher). As soon as your dog begins making these movements or begins going give them the command you choose like 'Go potty.' As soon as they finish reward them with a small treat and praise.

If your dog doesn't go potty outside on that particular trip take them back indoors and stick them in their kennel for a few minutes before returning outside to try again. The key is to get them to understand that outside is for potty-time.

If you're going for them only going in a specific area of the yard it helps to try to mark that area off with a visible marker. Then use the leash to take them to this spot and use the same routine as above. Reward them when they use the correct area.

For either housebreaking or using a specified spot in the yard, if your dog goes in the wrong area you can immediately stop your dog by scooping them up in your arms. Then take them to the correct spot. Reward them if they finish up there, if not use the kennel for a few minutes and then return the dog to the correct spot until they do go.

Thanks for your question! Let me know if anything there was unclear. I'll try to make a full tutorial soon. :)
Thanks for the detailed answer.

How many times a day do you take your dog outside to go potty? I'm asking because my dog got used to do it inside the house during the nights, when theres noone around to get mad at him. Some times he still does it, even if we went for a walk outside and he did his business.

He's a small dog, so ugly hes beautiful, if that makes any difference. Being small, I mean; not the lovingly ugly part :D

Thanks again.
brittburk (author)  Excess3 years ago
I know smaller dogs can sometimes be more difficult to house-train. My dogs tend to let me know when they need to go outside which is quite convenient. Before my dogs were house trained we literally took them out once an hour and slowly moved to longer intervals as they got older. Those first few weeks were exhausting! Older dogs should be able wait longer, but if you're worried then I would recommend trying once every two to four hours.

If you're having a problem with your dog going in the house at night it can help to kennel your dog. Sometimes the fact that a dog has too much room at night can lead to accidents or other mischief indoors when unsupervised. Kenneling provides a dog a safe place where they can't get into much trouble. :) Just make sure to keep the kennel a safe place as opposed to a punishment place; it should be a haven not a scary place.
This reminded me of when we first trained my beagle! Taught her multiple signs through ASL (American Sign Language) just in case she ever went deaf we wanted to still be able to communicate with her.
The only thing she won't do is jump through or over things (she got over excited as a puppy when my mom came home one day & jumped over the fence & managed to land on her bum & fractured her tail) but she'll do the basic commands & then some cute tricks, like rolling over & shaking hands & high fives.

It's a great idea to teach your animals signs/hand commands in case either you loose your voice or the dog looses their hearing, or the environment is just too noisy.
rocklocker3 years ago
Beautiful Weimer, I had one. She had a rock head but eventually settled down after a couple of years. She pointed and retrieved her first pheasant at four months of age when I took her out just to get her used to high grass and brush. Put her to work right then and there and we hunted together for the next twelve years. She died when she was fourteen and a half. She was my best dog ever and I still haven't replaced her.
brittburk (author)  rocklocker3 years ago
I do love my Weim. She's wonderful at pointing and is so enthusiastic. She did fantastic her first year out in the field but during our second year she suddenly became gun shy. Kind of a bummer, but first and foremost she's our wonderful pet and our bird-dog second. We still take her out, not to hunt now, but to let her hone her skill and just have a good time. I definitely try to appreciate every day we have with her and my other dog because time flies by so fast. :)
Weimaraners are awsome dogs. Mine is more of a house pet though.
dchall83 years ago
I have used hot dog slivers to treat my dogs. They will do anything just just a sliver. And they never seem to tire of them like they do of the store-bought treats.
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