Dog Obedience Training

Dog Obedience Training

Obedience training is typically only used in reference to dogs. It encompasses the minor, basic commands that begin with puppies and the intermediate or expert commands that require more skill and accuracy. The most advanced techniques are commonly associated with and taught by higher level clubs or organizations like the American Kennel Club. The four-legged members of these clubs are the ones entered into competitions and judged on how successful and obedient their performances are. Ultimately it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure his dog’s complete submission and compliance to every command, which greatly depends on the previously chosen method of training.

Obedience Training versus Training

Dog obedience training is a precise term with a more significant definition than regular dog training. Obedience relies on the immediate and appropriate response to a given command. For example, a dog is often rewarded a treat when he is being taught to sit on command. This is a form of typical, direct training. Many advanced dog owners teach their pups to sit with a reward of affection. In this case, the dog learns to obey his owner’s command regardless of the presence of a treat or toy. Of course the dog in the first example can still go on to obedience school or competitions, but the dog in the second example would be far more likely to attend and succeed at these events.

Dog Training Techniques

When it comes down to efficient and effective training, there are basically three routes that have been proven to produce ideal results. Depending on the particular breed of dog that is being trained or the preferred method of the trainer or owner, either reward based or compulsion based training may be the best way. For the vast majority of dog owners, the combined technique approach is the chosen route—often without even realizing it!

Dog Training with Rewards

The examples mentioned in “Obedience Training versus Training” were both a form of teaching using rewards. There are numerous ways to go about this; by using a favorite toy, a tasty treat, or simple but highly craved love and physical affection. Additionally and despite varying opinions on overall effectiveness, the clicker/marker method is a way to teach through rewarding. The clicker/marker idea involves a little money for a little hardware, though it can be enormously useful for hunting dogs.

Dog Training based on Compulsion

This form of training can be approached in many different ways, and the effects may vary based on a few different factors. Specific actions should be tailored to the breed of a purebred dog, the background of an adult dog, and/or the personality of the owner. This technique involves putting a form of physical pressure on the dog to get him to comply with a command, as well as correcting unwanted behaviors to gain obedience. Oftentimes, without realizing it themselves, dog owners use a form of this in their daily lives while yelling at or disciplining their pups. These negative reactions from the owner can be terribly misconstrued and end up confusing a dog if they are not implemented correctly, particularly when training a young puppy.

Combining Methods

Over time, owners and trainers have started picking up on which actions and techniques are most dependable and reliable for all dogs across the board, as well as which ones may be better suited for a specific breed or background of a dog. Unsurprisingly, a combined route to teaching compliant dogs was quickly discovered and is the preferred method of training for most dog owners today.

Basic Training Commands

-Sit
-Down
-Stay
-Heel
-Leave It
-Retrieve
-Look or watch
-Come or recall