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There is something that happens between a dog and a human being that is remarkable during training of the dog. If situations are handled properly, a relationship beyond all relationships should happen between the dog and the human. This relationship show the two as a pair, the love and respect that grow above and beyond all things between the two as animal and human. It's a remarkable process that nobody can understand unless they've had this type of relationship with their dog or other animal.

As with any trainable animal, when training your dog, you should always pay close attention to what is going on so that you may react properly and fairly. If your reaction is to slap or hit the dog, that dog will resent you sooner or later. Which makes the dog disrespect you and anything you do or say. I've seen more cases where the dog ended being destroyed because the owner didn't make that beautiful relationship between themselves and the dog. With some breeds, this can be a very dangerous mix of ill feelings that become deadly. Never understanding what he/she did wrong. It then becomes the fault of the dog, and the dog is then put down for his/her actions.

This is especially true for Pit Bulls and other dogs that are considered dangerous due to their breeds and what they were originally breed for in most cases. You must be extremely careful to research the breed and what they maybe capable of doing when not handled correctly. If you have a dog with the ability to kill without doubt, then I would highly suggest that you take the time to learn about the breed or get rid of it. As these types of dogs can and do turn on their owners in a heart beat, and, in many cases, without rhythm or reason for doing so.


Now, to get you started with the training of your dog. As I've learned from experience, it's best to know your dog a little before starting the training process. After all, don't you get to know your friends before kidding around with them? Try starting to teach your dog a simple game such as tug-a-war. This should give you an idea of your dogs intelligence as well, which also gives you and your dog a change to know each other. If you're dealing with a puppy, get him/her to grab the item being used as the tug-a-war. Gently pull on it to see what they will do. If they let go, get them to grab it again to get the idea across to them. Repeat this until your dog gets the idea. The idea of play with you should catch on quickly and easily. But beware! It could and often does take a few days with puppies. Older dogs might have the same problem until they get to know you and your methods of teaching them.

Okay, the bonding process has begun and you're ready to move on. With most of your dogs training, you'll need to have a huge amount of patience. Always starting the training procedure with re-enforcement of what they already learned. Sort of a refresher course to help them along. I find that most dogs need this especially as puppies to keep them in good practice of the things already learned. After all, when you teach your child what do you do until they get it right? Repeat, repeat and repeat. Boring, but important to the training of your dog.

Here's a very important thing to always remember when training your puppy or adult dog. Treats and verbal rewards. Whenever your puppy/dog does as is expect of them, rewards are a good way for them to remember that they did something correct. So always give that reward, both work especially well. Give them the food treat with the words "Good Dog!" and they'll work harder yet to do it again. Keep in mind that a dogs goal is to please the owner or trainer. As a child learns with "That's it! Do it again!", the dog learns with the same treat in mind, just given in a different way.

Okay, lets try this one.

You want to teach your dog to sit. Without yelling or mean words, simply command your dog to sit. Now he/she isn't going to know what you want unless you show him/her while saying the words. So gently push down on the butt, and repeat the word sit. Like with anything else you wish to teach your dog, it takes time before they get the idea and do it on command. You may need to repeat the process several times. Patience is the key with any new task you want your dog to learn.

Below is a list of some things that you can teach your dog:
  1. Sit - use when you want your dog to sit.

  2. Stay - use when you want your dog to wait to go get a toy that has been thrown.
  3. Come - use when you want your dog to come when called. (Say their name and then use command.)
  4. Heal - use when you want your dog to walk beside you nicely and keep doing so until otherwise told.
  5. Back - use this when placing your dogs dishes on the floor with food and water in them. (This helps to avoid spills.)
  6. Nice - use this when giving your dog treats with your hands. (If the dog gets your fingers, simply say "OUCH!!" rather loudly. They'll get the point.)
  7. Give - use this when playing with their toys or other objects.
  8. Up - use when wanting your dog on your lap. (Some dogs are simply to large for this.)
  9. Down - use when your dog jumps on you and for having them get off your lap.
  10. Beg - use when you want them to sit up with their front paws in a relaxed position.
  11. Wait - use this when you want your dog to wait until whatever is being done is completed. (e.g. Putting the leash on their collar.)

Keep in mind that the commands methods above are being used to train Lucky, a Jack Russell Terrier. One of the most stubborn dogs to train, as well as one of the hardest dogs to keep their attention. They are basic commands that can be taught to most any dog you decide to get or already have. There are other commands that are used for different types of dogs, depending on what you're teaching them to do. As far as I know, even your basic hurting dogs are taught these commands.

Now, there are tricks you can teach your dog, and I'm in the process of learning about these myself. As soon as I know what I'm doing better with them, I'll be more than happy to share them here on this page. I wish you and your dog the best with the training and a happy life together.


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