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Does obedience training cause stress and anxiety in dogs?

This can actually depend on a couple of things:

Personality of the dog. Some dogs work through new situations and stress very well and will hardly be fazed. Others can be more tentative and may take longer to adjust. A perfect example of this was an Australian Shepherd mix that I owned and trained several years ago. She was an absolutely brilliant dog but she could not handle new situations. When I first took her into the training building where I worked she completely shut down and refused to do anything. This took me weeks to overcome. I had to show her that being in the building was fine while also starting to train her for obedience and tricks. It involved a lot of clicker training outside for the obedience and then generalizing that experience to the indoor area (once again with a clicker and a lot of positive reinforcement).

Training methods used. There are a lot of philosophies out there about how to train your dog and most will use either positive or negative reinforcement or some combination of both. There is definitely a time and place for negative reinforcement but it will cause more stress for the dog. My favorite method to start obedience training is with a clicker and food. Very low stress and if used correctly it teaches the dog how to learn and future training gets easier because they understand the concept. Lots of yelling, leash correction, and uncertainty from the owner/trainer will definitely cause stress. Be a good leader and be clear with the dog and it will alleviate a tremendous amount of anxiety or stress.

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In general, anything new will generate some level of stress while the dog tries to figure out what is being asked of it. Think of your own frustration in school if you ever struggled to learn a new concept. If the atmosphere is kept positive and the person doing the training provides good leadership and has the attitude (toward the dog) that “this is hard but I’m going to do everything I can to set you up for success and then let you work through it” training can be a very positive experience. Teach your dog how to learn then reinforce that it is fun to learn and they will look forward to training sessions.

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Why do small dogs tend to be so aggressive?

Small dogs are not naturally aggressive, although they can be much more fearful/temperamental than other dogs.

Sometimes owners of small dogs neglect to train them in the way that someone would with a big dog.

However if a dog such as a Labrador were to exhibit the same behaviours, the dog could bowl over a child. Oh. This is dangerous. We should teach him/her to stop.

The problem can be that because small dogs are not as much of a problem when not properly socialized/trained (Yes they can bite etc. but it would obviously inflict more harm if a larger dog was to do so).

My dog is a Jack Russell. He is a really good dog. He is living proof that not all small dogs are aggressive. People in our area have said many times that he behaves completely differently from a typical Jack (noisy, yappy, aggressive). These are just stereotypical bad behaviours. He still loves to chase after squirrel's, tennis balls etc. He just doesn’t exhibit aggressive behaviours.

Many people who get dogs that are members of the Toy breed group, Chihuahuas, Pomeranian's etc. do not really understand the needs of the dog, it is seen as an accessory.

Small dogs are aggressive because their owner has not trained them properly. I have heard many stories on Quora where Chihuahuas for example are the sweetest dogs in the world.

It is ultimately down to how the owner trains the dog (if they train their dog at all), that causes small dogs to be aggressive.

You can read more about this in my article about "10 Reasons Why Your Dog Ignores Your Commands"

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List Of The Main Dog Training Commands Your Dog Has To Master

On a very basic level, dog owners want their companions to be fun to be with but under their control at all times. After all, dogs share our homes, ride in our cars and often sleep on our furniture or beds. They serve as playmates for our children, companions for our long walks, and guardians for our families. Of course, they aren't born knowing how to properly behave in human society. That's where dog training commands come into play.

Although some dogs are easier to train than others, all dogs can be taught to obey your dog training commands. And, just about anyone is capable of training a dog - men and women of any age can learn how.

Some dog training commands are much easier to teach than others. Let's begin with some of the basic ones, and then move on to a list which describes some of the more advanced commands you might want to teach your dog.

Basic Dog Training Commands

* Sit - the cornerstone of many other dog training commands. Teaching your dog to sit on command is highly useful while feeding, giving treats, leaving the home and crossing the street during walks.
* Down - a dog is down when its front elbows, front feet and rear legs are all touching the ground. This is one of the dog training commands used to instill calmness in a dog.
* Heel - the heel position means the dog is walking alongside his handler's left side, with his head and shoulders lined up directly across from the handler's left foot. In formal obedience training, "heel" also describes the dog's position when sitting at the handler's left side to complete the recall command.
* Come or Here (Recall) - one of the most important of all dog training commands, used to call your dog to you.
* Stay - the dog must remain in place in his current position (whether he's sitting, lying down or standing) until being released by his handler.

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Advanced Dog Training Commands

* Stand - the dog is instructed to stand still. This command is useful with dogs that require frequent grooming and must stand calmly while being groomed.
* Get Back - teaching a dog to back up on command can be handy when you want him to get out of your way or back away from the front door.
* Drop It - teaching your dog to drop things on command is useful when he picks up something unhealthy or unappealing to humans. It can also prevent your dog from damaging household objects.
* Leave It - this useful command instructs your dog not to touch or sniff a particular item.
* Give - this is a very handy command which can be used when your dog has one of your possessions in his mouth. The command instructs your dog to drop the object by releasing it into your hand.
* Stop - the dog is instructed to immediately stop what he's doing and lie down.

There are many other commands you can teach your dog. Some are practical, such as "go to bed" or "go into your crate," while others are purely for fun, like "fetch," "speak" and "roll over." Teach your dog a variety these commands and you'll not only have a much better-behaved dog, the bond between you will be much stronger.

You must teach the basic commands to your dog, this way you will be seen as the pack leader. This is very important in order to have a well-behaved dog.

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Dog Obedience Training - Why You Need It

If you are thinking of buying a pet for your kids at home, then do not forget to plan about the obedience training as well. For every pet we raise in our home are individual living beings. They have their own wishes, desires, activities and emotions. They do not follow our commands and instructions all the time.

As long they are living being we cannot force them every time to follow the rules we set for them. Instead we can think of training them up to live a decent life. The importance of training your animal is immense. No one will love your pet that annoys the neighbor, damages the gardens of others, scares the public on the street and jumps on the new comers to your home. These are situational incidents that are pretty common to occur if you do not turn that uncivilized beast into a civilized pet.

To ensure obedience training of your pet, try to groom it from early age. It is good to train a pet of young age than a fully masculine bodied pet. Generally the training for pet includes certain core behaviors and habits formation like attending call of nature in right place, taking care and guarding the property of the owner, socialization and so on. Most of the time, people feel the need of training their pet with obedience and better lifestyle. It is difficult to accept your pet to bring dirty daily to your home. Even if it is a party going in your home, you need your pet to enjoy the moment in contact with everyone being social and gentle. You cannot accept it to ruin all your arrangements.

It is needless to point out the importance of training your pet dog. In fact, you should try to find out ways that quickly trains your dog. Quick training methods that are designed as the most comprehensive one in moderating animal behavior is the best one for every dog we raise in our home.

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Like human being, animals need to learn obedience and to show respect. As human beings can communicate within them and have better quality of brain, they do not need such training. But pet dogs need such training. Here by making such obedience training arrangements, we are actually making the dog to be responsive all the time to our calls. And we are actually training them to act more meaningfully for us so that they do not face any punishment. In return of their obedient behavior they will live a danger free life with assurance of food, medicine and love. These are the two sides of the coin.

A dog that you love and think more as your pet is also assumed to serve you. Every relation we get involved in make us to play the roles of giver and taker. Taking a dog to rise is a responsibility undoubtedly. But it is also a kind of relationship establishment. You should fulfill your commitments to your pet dog. And start it today by ensuring dog obedience training!


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Dog Training - Everything You Need to Know!

Many people believe that dog training is hard. Many also believe that some dogs are simply not trainable. Both of these views are wrong. The truth of the matter is this: all dogs are trainable, and training a dog doesn't have to be hard work. Indeed, training a dog can be fun. It is of course true that some dog breeds are easier to train than others. What we disagree with, however, is the assertion that there are dogs which can't be trained - because that is so untrue. What we venture to explore then, are some of the things you need to do, in order to get the training of your dog right.

Parameters for gauging success

You'll be deemed to have gotten the training of your dog right if you manage to pass on the essential dog skills to your pooch within a reasonable amount of time.

You'll further be deemed to have gotten the training of your dog right if you manage to the essential dog skills in an enduring way. This is to say, in other words, that you won't be regarded as having been very successful in training your dog if the pooch forgets the skills taught within a day.

Thus, in a nutshell, the parameters through which success in dog training can be gauged include:
- The duration of time expended in passing on the essential skills to the dog.
- The skills inculcated in the dog.
- How long the skills are retained by the dog.

Of course, if you are taking too long to pass on certain skills to the dog, if you are finding it impossible to inculcate certain skills in the dog, or if the dog keeps on forgetting skills taught to him or her, it doesn't necessarily mean that you aren't doing things well. You have to keep it in mind that there are two variables at play here. The first of those is your skill, aptitude and dedication as a dog trainer. And the second of those is your dog's natural ability - against a background where some dog breeds seem to 'get' things faster than others.

Early initiation as a key to success in the training dogs

Simply put, there are some skills that you can only teach to a dog when he or she is young. This means that the commonly held belief that puppies below six months of age shouldn't be trained is altogether wrong. In fact, there are some skills you'll find hard to teach to a dog that is older than six months. It is worth noting that unlike us humans, dogs are (in some ways) highly evolved animals - whose life skills learning process starts the moment they are born. That is why a puppy that loses his mother at three months of age may be able to survive in the wild, whereas it would be very hard for a human baby who lost his mother at the same age to survive on his or her own in a similar environment.

Now the best time to start training a dog would be when he or she is learning basic life skills, so that the skills you want to pass on to him or her are also adopted alongside those basic canine life skills. That way, the required behaviors would be part of the dog's personality. They would be more deeply ingrained in him or her. This is not to say an older dog can't be trained. It is just that you'd have a harder time (and less fun) training the older pooch.

It later emerges that some of the people who end up getting the impression that their dogs are not trainable tend to be folks who make an attempt at teaching their dogs certain skills too late in the dogs' lives. When the dogs fail to pick such skills, they are labeled boneheads - whereas it is not really their fault that they are unable to pick the skills, but rather, the trainer's fault for not having initiated training earlier.
The right use of rewards and corrections as a key to success in training dogs.

When we get to the nitty-gritty of dog training, it emerges that various skills and behaviors can only be transmitted and ingrained in dogs through the right use of rewards and corrections.

The biggest reward you can give to a dog is attention. And conversely, the biggest correction/punishment you can give to a dog is deprivation of attention.

Thus, if you want to get you dog to pick a certain behavior, you need to simulate (or rather illustrate) it to him or her, and then reward him or her (with attention) when he behaves accordingly, whist also punishing him or her (with deprivation of attention) when or she fails to behave accordingly. Just looking at the dog lovingly is a way of 'rewarding' him or her with attention. Petting him or her is another form of attention reward. Praising the pooch verbally is yet another way of rewarding him or her with attention. True, the dog may not understand the words, but he or she can sense the emotions behind them. Dog seem to have that ability.

Meanwhile, if your dog was enjoying your attention whilst doing something right and you deprive him or her of that attention the moment he or she starts doing something wrong, he instantly senses the reaction and makes the connection between his misbehavior and the deprivation of attention. He is inclined to correct the behavior, in order to regain your attention. These things work particularly well if the dog you are trying to train is still young.

What you mustn't do, however, is to hit the dog as a form of punishment/correction: the simple reason being that the dog won't understand that being hit is a form of 'punishment.' Rather, the hit pooch will assume that you are just being violent to him or her. If the dog keeps on doing things like running to the road or messing up neighbors stuff, you'd be better advised to find ways of restraining his movements, rather than hitting him.

Patience as a key to success in the training of dogs

You won't be successful in dog training unless you are patient. You have to keep it in mind that it takes dogs some time to pick ideas that seem too simple to us as humans. There are people who have this misconception that you can only be successful in dog training if you are 'tough.' On the contrary, this is one of those endeavors where kindness and the 'soft approach' seem to work better than the tough Spartan approach to training.

Persistence as a key to success in the training of dogs

Closely related to patience (as a key to success in dog training) is persistence. You won't be successful as a dog trainer if you give up too easily - that is, like where you illustrate a desired behavior to a dog, and then give up if the dog fails to pick it up immediately. The truth of the matter is that you have to illustrate a desire behavior to a dog several times, whilst using the necessary reinforcements, till the dog eventually comes to learn what is expected of him or her.

Consistency as a key to success in the training of dogs

This is a scheme where, for instance, having settled on a particular reinforcement (reward or punishment), you need to apply it consistently, so that the dog under training can understand what it actually means. One of the worst things you can do in the course of training a dog is to send mixed signals, because once a dog gets confused, it becomes very hard to train him or her.

Further keys to successful dog training

On top of these, you may need to undertake further research (online or in the library) before getting started.

And should your DIY efforts at training your dog fail, you should consider enlisting the help of a professional trainer before giving up on the dog altogether.

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