Some people believe that dogs need to be trained when they're young. To some extent for our own sanity that's true - especially with housetraining, and teaching your dog that chewing your shoes/slippers/anything that's accessible, is simple not acceptable.
But despite the old adage "You can't teach a old dog new tricks", it's perfectly possible to teach a dog of virtually any age new behaviours and even party tricks, if you like. Basically dog training boils down to rewarding your dog when s/he does something you like, and correcting your dog when s/he does something you don't like. Good training establishes an appropriate relationship between you and your dog, and it ensures that your dog understands what you want of him/her.
Of course, the dog may become somewhat set in his/her ways, and be less inclined to be interested in learning. My dogs tend to look at me a little suspiciously these days if I try to introduce a new command. But once they get the idea that I'm giving them a new way to please me, it doesn't take them too long to start to comply.
The idea is to teach your dog to make his own decisions (believe it or not!) Not complicated decisions, of course, - just whether to do something or not. If your dog makes the right decision, s/he'll be rewarded. If your dog makes the wrong decision, s'he'll receive a corrrection and the opportunity to then choose the right decision. Simple!
I've been reading some professional dog training secrets. They reminded me of an absolutely crucial point when training a dog - that consistency is critical with your dog. Because your dog is always looking for opportunities to elevate him/herself in the heirachy of your household, even just a little bit ... if you don't insist on a certain behaviour every single time, or conversely if you allow a misbehaviour even once, your dog gets a mixed message about what's acceptable and what s/he can get away with.
As an example, if you've taught your dog to come when called, the only way you can be certain s/he will come every single time you give the command, is if you don't give your dog a choice until you're 100 percent certain your dog will respond to your command every single time. That is, you must carry this training out with a long leash or rope, so you can make your dog come each time you call him/her.
Adam's ebook is over 300 pages long and explains all of this in much greater detail and not only tells you exactly how to train your dog to respond to specific commands, but also the most effective ways to prevent unwanted behaviours, and to have a much better behaved dog in general.
What I really like about Adam's strategies is that his methods utilise the dog's natural instincts and drives, and because you treat the dog as if s/he is a member of your pack, rather than a child of your household, you actually end up with a happier dog. Some of the methods described in the ebook are somewhat controversial, but I'd really recommend that you read the arguments he puts forward and make your own decision. I LOVE the ebook. Granted, it's not a literary masterpiece - actually it doesn't flow as well as it might, and it's somewhat repetitive - but the information contained in it is priceless.
(c) 2005, Brigitte Smith, Healthy Happy Dogs
Dog Training eBook Review – SitStayFetch
We own and breed Staffordshire Bull Terriers and with a total of 5 dogs in what is a VERY small house, you might imagine that we have always been interested in dog training and dog training methods.
So being a Dog-lover I first came across SitStayFetch while browsing on Clickbank and SitStayFetch appeared to dominate the Clickbank Dog Training section! Its only major competition was from Dove Cresswell’s Dog Training Online – another quality dog training system, but Dove Cresswell’s system only had 30% of the Clickbank popularity!
And SitStayFetch is jam-packed with dog obedience training information, including how to solve over 25 dog behavior problems, real-life case studies, the best dog training techniques, an email consultation with the SitStayFetch team, and loads of photos that will help boost your learning
For the quite reasonable outlay SitStayFetch totally over-delivers with Bonuses! SitStayFetch extras include:
Bonus – SitStayFetch Audio Book
Bonus – A Quick Guide to Dog Aggression
Bonus – All The House Training Methods & Tricks
Bonus – Dog Grooming Made Easy
Bonus – Tips On Security Training Your Dog
Bonus – Secrets To Becoming The Alpha Dog
Bonus – Private Email Consultation to Help You
Resolve Your Specific Dog Problems
Do you have a generally disobedient dog?
Does your dog embarrass you in public?
Are you sick of excessive biting, barking, whining, etc?
Are you sick of dealing with dog aggression issues?
Do you want to know how to fix virtually any dog training or behavior problem?
Or, perhaps you just want the best relationship that you can possibly have with your dog…
SitStayFetch covers dog obedience training fully and even answers your dog training questions, covering specific dog behaviour issues, like how to deal with a dog eating poop or digging or a dog that is scared of the leash and much more! And SitStayFetch goes way beyond basic dog training:
The Chapters of the SitStayFetch eBook itself cover:
DOG 101: It’s A Dogs Life
A. Dog Ownership and You
B. Selecting Your Puppy or Dog
C. Selecting a Breeder
D. Dog Groups
E. Responsible Ownership
F. Review of DOG 101
DOG 102: Caring for Your Dog
A. Bringing Your Puppy or Dog Home
B. Diet and Nutrition
C. Canine Growth Stages
D. Toys for Your Dog
E. Safe and Fun Toys to Buy
F. Choosing Your Vet
G. Review of DOG 102
DOG 103: Training Methods Revealed
A. Types of Training
B. Secrets to Training Your Dog
C. Crate Training
D. Obedience Training and Age
E. Selecting a Dog Trainer
F. Review of DOG 103
DOG 201: Secrets to Understanding Your Dog
A. Understanding Your Dog
B. Dog Senses
C. How Dogs Communicate Using Scent
D. Guide to Body Language and Signals
E. Guide to Facial Expressions and Vocals
F. Wolf Instincts
G. Review of DOG 201
DOG 202: Dog Problems Solved
A. Aggression Problems
B. Aggression: Treatment for Dominance
Case Study: Aggression with Strange Dog’s
Case Study: Food Bowl Aggression
C. Biting and Nipping
Case Study: Fear Biting
Case Study: Nipping and Hand Biting
D. Coprophagia (Poop Eating)
Case Study: Copropohagia
E. Chewing and Other Destructive Behavior
Case Study: Chewing and Destructive Behavior
F. Digging Problems
Case Study: Digging
H. Fear of the Leash
DOG 203: Commands to Start
A. Come (Recall)
B. Sit Stage I
C. “Okay” and “No”
D. “Hold” and “Leave”
E. “Sit” – Stage II
F. “Sit and Stay”
G. “Down” (Drop) – Stage I
H. “Down” (Drop) – Stage II
I. “Heel” – Stage I
J. “Heel” – Stage II
K. “Heel” – Stage III
M. “Wait “
N. “Seek” (Find)
O. Training Program
P. Review of DOG 203
DOG 301: Dog Whispering Uncovered
A. Defining Dog Whispering
B. Dog Whispering: About the Method
C. Dog Whispering: Interventions
D. Dog Whispering: Corrections
E. Dog Whispering with Common Commands
F. The Trouble with Dog Whispering
G. Review of DOG 301
DOG 302: More Dog Problems Solved
A. 2 Dogs in the House
Case Study: Introducing a New Dog
C. A Death in the Family
D. Bad Breath
E. Cat Chaser
Case Study: The Cat and Car Chaser
H. Hot Weather and Heatstroke
J. Jumping on Furniture
K. Jumping on People
Case Study: Jumping Up on People
L. Separation Anxiety
Case Study: Separation Anxiety
N. Review of DOG 302
DOG 303: Advanced Commands and Tricks
A. Advanced “Sit and Stay” Stage I
B. Advanced “Sit and Stay” Stage II
C. More “Sit and Stay”
G. “Fetch” (Retrieve)
M. “Roll Over”
N. Review of DOG 303
I believe that SitStayFetch is probably one of the best basic dog training Ebooks on the internet today, I would even go as far as saying that SitStayFetch is one of the best advanced dog training Ebok resources! So I can highly recommend SitStayFetch to anyone looking to learn how to understand and have the best trained dog in the neighborhood!