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Dog Training Secrets:

One can be a master in training a dog once they are well versed with the common behavior problems associated with dogs.

Every dog owner wishes his dog could behave better. No matter how well behaved they are, there is always something new that one can teach the pet. There is no rocket science behind the secret to training dogs; it is quite simple.

There are a number of dog training methods that are available in the form of books which can be purchased at pet stores or book stores. However, with the three basic secrets, one can make their pet start behaving and obeying immediately.

First of the three dog training secrets is to use sign language as a mode of communication for their pet. Yes it is proven that dogs respond to two ways of communication, verbal and by hand signals but it is the combination of verbal commands and hand signals that is the most effective with dogs as they are very good at understanding and reading body language.

Dogs, with time, learn that certain actions by the master indicate certain signals. Like raising a hand is a signal to sit, patting the owner’s lap is a signal for the pet to come and so on. A very effective method is to reward the pets whenever it comprehends commands. This acts as a motivation for them to listen and respond to commands quicker. Second, start young. Like the saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’, dogs do tend to learn more while they’re young. This tendency is very similar to that in humans, which means the earlier the training begins for the dog, the more effective and accomplishable the training can be.

Finally, stop yelling or scolding the pets. This is a commonly found practice when it comes to training dogs. Owners tend to lose patience and end up yelling at their dogs. This is actually is a mistake as the master’s yelling only encourages the pet to bark more. Instead, the owner should interrupt their pattern of barking by creating diversions. This in time will make the pet realize that barking isn’t required all the time. However, it is important to note never to pet a barking dog. Following these simple yet effective dog training methods will not only make the owner’s life easier but also develop the joy of seeing the pet be a well behaved member of the family.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010