Many people wouldn’t want to imagine life without their dogs. They are admired and adored for their loyalty, unconditional love, playful excitement and enthusiasm for life. However, dogs and people are very different creatures. Dogs have some innocent but annoying inclinations such as jumping up to greet, barking, digging and chewing. Bad habits such as these can make it rather difficult to live with our four-legged friends. This is why it is important to teach your dog some important skills that will help him live in harmony with your household.

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When you learn to train your dog, this will improve both his life and yours. The bond between you will be enhanced and he will be safer as a result. Dogs are usually ready to learn. The key to successful dog training is good communication. Your dog needs to reach an understanding of how she is expected to behave and why it is in his best interests to do so.
Using positive reinforcement to train your dog is key. It involves praising your dog and giving him treats as a reward for him doing something you want him to do. This makes your dog more likely to repeat the desired behavior. When you practice positive reinforcement, correct timing is essential. The reward must occur immediately, within a few seconds or your dog may not associate it with his correct behavior.
Some dogs will pick up on things quite fast, while others may take more time and guidance. Often times, if the dog has difficulty learning a task, it is because he is not being communicated to in a way that is understandable to him. For example, if the command to ‘sit’ becomes a part of a long, winded sentence, the dog might not understand what you are telling him to do. Another possibility is that there may be too many distractions around him. Whatever the case may be, with proper instruction from you and some rewards, most dogs will learn which behaviors should continue and which they should eliminate.