Have you seen videos of dog agility competitions? Maybe you’ve wondered how you can get your dog started on learning how to navigate an obstacle course, guided only by your commands. Agility training is fun and educational for humans and their dogs, and it’s a great opportunity for you to learn to bond with your tail-wagging pal. This article talks about how you and your dog can get started on this challenging and rewarding hobby.
Once you bring your new dog home, you will want to begin setting up house rules and teaching your new furry friend how you expect him to behave. If you aren’t sure where to start, this article lays out a step-by-step plan for training your dog to be a good member of your household. This article focuses on positive reinforcement and ignoring naughty behavior to teach your attention-loving pooch what you want him to do.
While teaching your dog to mind you is a process that requires definite steps, this article takes the “forest for the trees” approach in teaching you how to relate to your dog to make training him possible. It goes into the importance of having realistic expectations, how to be more specific with your dog about what you want, how to be consistent, and how to avoid reinforcing negative behaviors.
There is so much you need to teach your new dog, from how to settle down in a crate and potty outside to how to walk nicely on a leash and socialize with others. It can seem overwhelming at first, but this article breaks everything down into sections, allowing you to focus on one behavior at a time. It includes a lot of helpful links, too, so you can get more information on any given topic.