Get Rid Of your Dogs Annoying Habits

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Get Rid Of your Dogs Annoying Habits

by Julia Dormund


The Encyclop?dia Britannica makes the comment: ?Keeping pets satisfies a deep universal human need, and pets are found at every cultural level.?

Dogs are succeeding where psychiatrists have failed. They don?t use a couch or drugs, but their bedside manner is overpowering?an open, warm, exuberant, unconditional acceptance.

What if your dog is just hard to train? Very annoying? You are just about ready to send him back where he came from!!!!

STOP!

The answer is probably to give your dog basic obedience training?teaching it to respond to simple commands. Dogs are intelligent. They have been trained to sniff out drugs and explosives, assist the handicapped, and perform search-and-rescue missions. But how can you train your dog to obey you?

First, you need to know about the genetic makeup of your dog. Like wolves, dogs are hierarchy conscious. They instinctively gravitate toward living in a pack under a leader, or alpha dog. Your family is your dog?s pack, and it needs to understand that you are the leader.

Tips for Training a Dog

1. Be consistent in your use of words for commands.

2. Dogs like to hear their name, and it gets their attention. So use your dog?s name along with commands. (?Rover, sit!?) But do not use your dog?s name in conjunction with a reprimand, such as ?No!? Your dog must learn that responding to its name brings positive?not negative?results.

3. Use liberal praise as a reward. Many dogs will do more for affection than for food.

4. Keep training sessions short and pleasurable.

5. Do not inadvertently reinforce negative behavior by giving your dog a lot of attention when it misbehaves. This will only result in repetition of the undesired behavior.

Remember, a dog is a social animal. Long periods of confinement can lead to hyperactivity, excessive barking, and destructive behavior. With training, your dog can become a delightful, loyal companion?instead of a nuisance!

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