If you want a well behaved dog obedience training is a necessity. Obedience training is the process of teaching your dog to understand and respond to a variety of commands such as sit, stay, and come. Excellent obedience can be achieved through effective communication and good timing. Often your dog wants to please you – he/she just doesn’t know how.
The first step towards teaching your dog to be obedient is to let him/her know what’s expected in a way he/she can understand. Dogs communicate with each other through body language, so initially human language is foreign to them. Has your dog ever tilted his head to one side and offered a blank expression in response to your commands? That’s because your dog has no idea what you are saying! How many times have you shouted “bad dog” in an angry tone of voice? Is it any wonder they don’t want to come when called if they think they’re going to be in trouble?
Treat training can be effective in obedience training, as some dogs will do anything you ask of them for a treat. However, does this ‘really’ teach them anything? In psychological terms, the treat or reward concept is classified as ‘baiting’, and will achieve certain results through trickery, much like a fisherman luring a fish onto a hook.
Ultimately, the results from treat training can be somewhat limited, as they fail to teach the dog the desire to want to be with their owners unless they are paying them for the privilege with treats. In the natural canine pack instinct, leaders control all of the pack resources and never surrender food to subordinates unless they have had their fill. Instead respect is generated through consistent, reliable and effective leadership providing the pack members with a wonderful sense of safety and security. This is the process of natural selection in action, which is evident in all animals regardless of whether they are domesticated or wild.
Obedience training doesn’t mean shouting or resorting to physical abuse. Bark Busters only uses positive methods, with prong collars and shock collars not even on our radar.
Significantly better results can be achieved by taking the time to show and guide your dog what’s expected of him/her. Dogs aren’t born with an understanding of English or any human languages, yet we sometimes expect them to ‘hang’ on every word we say. They are however, born with an innate ability to read and interpret body language and respond to simple sounds. The canine communication system is pre-programmed genetically and therefore comes naturally to all dogs, so it follows that it should be fairly easy for them to understand their own language if we take the time to learn it. Herein lies the secret of the Bark Busters unique dog training system.
There are no short cuts when training a dog. Just like with a baby, it is your job to teach him/her right from wrong. Yes, obedience training takes patience, perseverance and practice, but the end result is a well behaved dog. Considering you are going to be roommates for 10 – 14+ years, it makes sense to spend the time and energy in the beginning, resulting in big rewards for you in the end. A tailor made home based Bark Busters dog training program for your dog can make much lighter work of the obedience training process, allowing you to see results in a fraction of the time it would take in group classes.
REMEMBER… IT’S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE FOR US TO THINK LIKE A DOG, BUT IMPOSSIBLE FOR A DOG TO THINK LIKE A HUMAN.