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Two Essential Elements of Obedience Training

Two Essential Elements of Obedience Training

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A solution to unruly dogs is obedience training. This trains the dog to comply with a set of instructions you give it, alongside behaviours over time that you find acceptable and consequently praise. But obedience training above anything else takes time and patience. Keeping the thought of a loyal and obedient dog in mind is a good way of the sometimes mindless repetition you'll have to perform in order to get your dog to obey you.

It's also easier to start obedience training the younger the dog is. Often it's hard to train the dog out of several years worth of habits, and having the foresight to star tit earlier can save you a lot of time should you want to undertake obedience training later in the dogs life.

Here is two of the essentials you should know before embarking (excuse the part pun!) on your quest for a more obedient dog:

Essential Tip Number 1: Eye Contact

Make sure the dog is looking at you. If the dog's eyes are wandering, chance is their mind is also wandering. An obeying dog should look up to it's master, it's leader, for direction and commands. It's both a sign that they are submitting to your leadership and going to learn from the exercise they are about to do.

Eye contact is therefore essential in all obedience training. I usually say my dogs name ('Dougie', in case you're wandering) if their attention wanes, but over time the frequency of this happening will

Essential Tip Number 2: Tone of voice

Your tone of voice is incredibly important. Too soft and nice will result in your dog thinking it's a praise, yet too harsh and loud will make your dog think he/she is being told off. A tone of voice that is forceful, yet has depth is perfect. It should also be firm enough to be heard clearly over other distractions, and should really hold your dogs attention from these.

Obedience training is a long journey though, and it's important to be committed from the start. It's an investment you're making into the relationship you have with the dog, and as a result you may well not see improvements for some time.