Dog Obedience Training simply means the training of any dog. It could range from basic (beginner’s) training to a high level (advanced) competition among different clubs where more accuracy and commands as well as performance are judged and scored. All of the dog trainers I’ve met at different events had a lot of fun along with their dogs. Even if they finished last…

How would you know if the dog is obedient? The answer is yes. Just start training with the major commands and see if it responds each time you give the command. Dog is considered obedient when it responds reliably each and every time the command is given. Not every dog that goes through a Dog Obedience Training is obedient though. Your dog is not obedient yet If it doesn’t responds to the trainer’s command right away. Do not be discouraged Keep training, and it will. Repetition and love is a key to an obedient dog.

Normally there are two or more people involved in Dog Obedience Training – the handler and the trainer. From time to time it could be one person who combines two roles together. It is a long and ongoing process to train a dog in obedience. It depends on the dog, the training method, and skills and knowledge of both – and the handler the trainer.

The important key to successful obedience training is trust and good relationship between the handler and dog.

Basic dog obedience is usually a short course – between six and ten weeks. During this course the handler learns properly communicate with the dog and train it in a few very simple commands. Most methods are designed for dog to be trained one command at a time. A good way to start Dog Obedience Training is leash control (walking as it should be on a leash). Is is required by most trainers for dogs to walk on a leash before learning other commands.

As soon as you learned to control your dog on a leash, move on to the next step. It is not necessary to attach a specific word when handler is training the dog. There are several commands that are accepted as standard and regularly used. However, it doesn’t matter if they are used. It is vital though to be consistent in usage.

There are five basic commands in Dog Obedience Training:
•    Sit: the dog simply sits when command is given.
•    Down: the dog lies down with front feet and rear legs touching the ground.
•    Heel: the dog’s shoulder or head is close and parallel to the handler’s leg.
•    Come (recall command): literally means to “Call your dog”.
•    Stay: the dog must remain at the same location and in the given position under which the handler gave command. The handler will release the dog in some time.

There is no exact number of the advanced commands – sky is the limit. Some of them are:
•    Leave it: direct the dog to not touch an item. This command is very useful. It should be given before the dog has picked anything up.
•    Stop: the dog has to stop what it is doing. It doesn’t matter how far the dog is from its keeper. It has to lie down on command.
•    Speak: when taught this command, the dog will bark (once or more).
•    Roll Over: the dog will lie down (if it wasn’t already), roll over on its back, and stands back up.
•    Fetch: The handler throws an object (usually a ball or a stick) and the dog will retrieve it and brings back. This is the command when both, the handler and the dog could have a lot of fun.

Just remember, you and your dog have to learn to walk before you start running…  Even though the goal for your dog could be high level specialty training, Dog Obedience Training is often a requirement for or a part of other training.

You learned something new about dog obedience training, now what? Learn more at Dog Obedience Training Easy.

Irina is the owner and editor of http://dogobediencetrainingeasy.com where she provides dog training tips and resources to all dog lovers. She could not imagine herself without dogs. Irina believes obedience training plays significant role for a strong and long relationship between the owners and their dogs.
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