So you just brought home your new puppy, and are wondering what comes next? Dog training is essential to ensure both you and your pet have a long, happy life together. Dog training is a very general term which means teaching a dog to perform certain actions when certain commands are used, which the dog has been trained to understand.
Almost all dogs, no matter what their intended purpose, live with people who want the dog to behave in a way that makes them a joy to be around, keeps them safe, and ensures the safety of other people and pets in the house. However, dogs cannot learn basic obedience on their own. They must be trained, and you should be the one training them.
There are many different types of dog training that we will discuss, including:
- House training (learning the boundaries and what can and cannot be done in the house)
- Toilet training (After all, they cannot clean up after themselves, so teach your dog where this function is allowed)
- Search and rescue
- Guard dog
- Dog 'tricks'
- Guide dog
- Training a dog to assist the disabled
When should training your dog begin?
The short answer to that is "Right now!" Puppies are normally brought home when they are between 8 and 10 weeks old. This is during the 'socialization period' of the dog's life. Most experts agree that a dog over 8 weeks old is perfectly capable of learning tricks and commands. The only limitations to their learning is their stamina, coordination, and concentration ability. Therefore, during this time it is recommended that training sessions be kept short, and repeated several times a day.
This section of the Dognation.net site will explore many of the methods, tools, and products related to making your dog training successful. Please explore the articles here, and good luck to you and your dog!
Charles de Gaulle