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Obedience training yields positive results that can enhance the relationship and bond between the dog and the family. An obedient dog can quickly become the center of the household. The dog that comes to understand acceptable behavior earns and commands respect and friendship.

There are differences between training a puppy and training a more mature dog. We know it can be challenging to teach an old dog new tricks but teaching obedience to your puppy can be just as challenging. In either case, patience and guidance are required. In fact, for the best results, have a family meeting to discuss what specific obedience traits need to be addressed and keep family members on the same, supportive page during and beyond training.

Obedience Tip 1 – Don’t Compromise

It can be challenging to stick to your rules and not give in to the puppy or dog that is not naturally inclined to follow the rules of the house. Set the rules for acceptable behavior, strategize how to teach compliance and do not compromise.

Obedience Tip 2 – Prepare for Unpredictable Behavior

Puppies and dogs are often subjected to unpredictable behavior, especially if young children are in the house. One obedience strategy is to imitate normal household unpredictability with the idea of teaching the dog to accept it without responding in frustration.

Obedience Tip 3 - Meal Manners

Establishing mealtimes and sticking with them can be testy, especially with dogs that are unused to a schedule and for all puppies. Usually, mealtimes are an area where the maturing pup will want to assert themselves. Stick to your plan and only put food out at the same time every day.

Obedience Tip 4 – Body Language Counts

You will notice that your dog communicates in a number of ways, body language being one way. Look for facial expressions, noises, scents and posture as ways your dog expresses emotions. We know that the wagging tail or exposed belly are happy signs but observe and remember other emotional expressions.

It is also important to realize that your puppy is paying close attention to your body language. One of the favorite “go” signals you convey to your puppy is to crouch and open your arms. That’s a sure sign that all systems are go. If you send messages by body language, be sure you are ready for the response.

Obedience Tip 5 – The Raised Paw

When puppy raises his paw, it is time to play. The dog may bark, bow to signal the same wish. If you cannot accommodate, maybe someone else in the house can. Dogs and pups that play are happy and bond much quicker than dogs that do not get enough exercise.

Obedience Tip 6 - Barking and Whining

Dogs bark. But, everyone, including your neighbors, will appreciate it if your dog is a controlled barker. Your dog does not understand that their natural inclination to bark can be offensive to you. Dogs generally bark to send a signal or request attention. Teaching your dog that barking does not guarantee your attention goes a long way toward peace in the house and yard.

Obedience Tip 7 – How Your Dog Learns

The key ingredient in dogs and puppy obedience learning is association. Repeated responses, repeated body language, repetitive tone, words and gestures deliver poignant messages to your pup. It is a good idea to discuss these signals with the rest of the household so there is consistency in the message mechanism.

Mixed messages are sure to harm the dog’s obedience training. If you are training dog obedience at home, it is critical that everyone regard themselves as participating in the training and that everyone be on the same page. Happy teaching!

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