How to Train a Dog

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How to Train a Dog

by Mikee Dunn

When we bought a new puppy for our family, the kids were ecstatic! I was not. I knew that their promises of feeding and cleaning and walking the dog were never going to come true. But the thing that I must have worried about the most was how to train a dog. I grew up around cats, and those are very simple creatures. Dogs have personality and behavior issues. I didn?t even know where to begin until I asked for help.

The first thing you must know if you are wondering how to train a dog is housebreaking it. If a dog is not even housebroken, how do you expect it to sit or stay or not eat the coach legs? Start teaching the dog early on about not defecating in the house. Puppies will often ?release? something every three hours. If you notice that your pup is wandering around sniffing the ground that means it?s time to go. Take the dog outside and let it do its business. Be sure to take the dog out through the same door every time, if you can. This will teach the dog to wait by that door every time it needs to go.

Now for the world famous command called ?sit.? Every person who wants to know how to train a dog must first teach ?sit? before any other tricks. Remember that anytime you train a dog, only do it for 10 minutes at a time and two times a day. Call the dog over to you with a treat in hand. The dog?s fascination with the free food will keep him interested in what you have to say. Tell the dog to ?sit? and then place your hand over the dogs head. If the dog sits down and stares straight up like he should, give him the treat and pet and play with him, admiring his accomplishment. Do this until the ten minutes is up and try again tomorrow. If he does not sit down, for any reason, force it. Without hurting the dog, try to push his butt down, while leaving the head up. The dog may fight a little, but once it?s sitting, give it a treat. It won?t resist any more. Pretty soon the dog will be running up to you randomly and just sitting down beside you waiting for a treat.

How to train a dog does not have to be a daunting task. Dogs are wonderful pets, but they are also simple creatures who can be wowed by a biscuit. Now that you know the two basic training exercises, go out there and see if you can teach them something new.

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