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Obedience training is one of the most important and most effective things any owner can do for their dog.  A properly obedience trained dog is a happy, productive and safe member of the family, while a untrained dog can be destructive and even dangerous.

Dogs are designed by nature to follow leaders, and to look for that leadership.   As pack animals, dogs naturally follow the directions of their pack leader. Absence of a strong leader, the dog might take over this role on itself.If your dog places itself as leader of the human pack it can become destructive, uncooperative and sometimes even dangerous.

Proper obedience training opens up key lines of communication between owner and dog.With any successful obedience training it is the foundation to obtain the respect and cooperation of the dog.  This respect cannot be exerted through rough handling methods or mistreatment.It needs to be earned through proper dog training methods and leadership.

Basic obedience training consists of teaching the dog what to do and what not to do.  When it comes to desired behaviors, it is important for the dog to learn and respond to basic dog commands, such as heeling when walking, stopping on command, sitting when directed, coming when called and staying where the handler directs.

The list of what not to do is also important when it comes to obedience training.A few of the don’t of dog obedience training are – not chewing the furniture or property, not getting ahead when walking, and not getting out of control when in unusual types of situations.

Essentially, obedience training involves establishing the social hierarchy that is so important to dogs as pack animals.  When your dog follows your obedience dog commands, such as – come, stay, sit, heel, etc., she or he is demonstrating submissiveness and compliance.A submissive member of a wild dog pack would demonstrate this type of behavior to the alpha dog in it’s pack.

As with any type of dog training, it is important that obedience training sessions be fun and rewarding for both dog and owner.Having a healthy, happy dog can succeed in learning best, and keeping the dog happy during the training sessions will make life easier for both your dog and yourself.The dog and owner can benefit from obedience training in may ways.  A well trained, obedient dog can be permitted a larger amount of freedom than an untrained dog. As an example, a properly trained dog that obeys when called to come and when called can safely enjoy some off leash time at a dog park.

There is always a debate over whether it is easier to obedience train puppies or older dogs.  The fact is that both puppies and older dogs can be successfully trained to be willing, obedient companions. If can be more difficult to retain dogs that have developed bad behaviors than to train young dogs and puppies.  Even problem dogs, however, can be successfully retrained using basic obedience training and control concepts.

When obedience training puppies, however, it is important to remember that puppies generally have a shorter attention span than to do full grown dogs.Holding short dog training session in beginning is key.Incorporating lots of play with other dog, puppies and different people is also important.Creating a happy, healthy and companions dog takes proper socialization.