If you are looking for a group obedience or puppy
class in the state of CT and you are out of our area, contact us. We can recommend
another trainer who offers a quality program.
Please don't go to those large
corporate owned pet supply stores for training.
Training Your Dog
Obedience training is one of the best
things you can do for your k9 or puppy and yourself. Obedience training
doesn't solve all behavior problems, but it is the foundation for
solving just about any problem. Training opens up a line of
communication between you and your pet dog. Effective communication is
necessary to instruct your dog about what you want her to do.
social animals and without proper training, they will behave like
animals. They will soil your house, destroy your belongings, bark
excessively, dig holes in your yard, fight other dogs and even bite you.
Nearly all behavior problems are perfectly normal canine activities that
occur at the wrong time or place or are directed at the wrong thing. For
example, the dog will eliminate on the carpet instead of outside; the
dog will bark all night long instead of just when a stranger is prowling
around outside; or the dog will chew furniture instead of his own toys.
The key to preventing or treating behavior problems is learning to teach
the dog to redirect his natural behavior to outlets that are acceptable
in the domestic setting.
Obedience training is also an easy way to establish the social
hierarchy. When your dog obeys a simple request of 'come here, sit,' she
is showing compliance and respect for you. It is NOT necessary to
establish yourself as top dog or leader of the pack by using extreme
measures such as the so-called alpha roll-over. You CAN teach your dog
her subordinate role by teaching her to show submission to you in a paw
raise (shake hands), roll over or hand lick (give a kiss). Most dogs
love performing these tricks (obedience commands) for you which also
pleasantly acknowledge that you are in charge.
Obedience training should be fun and rewarding for you and your dog.
It can enrich your relationship and make living together more enjoyable.
A well-trained dog is more confident and can more safely be allowed a
greater amount of freedom than an untrained one. A trained dog will come
Some people debate whether or not it is possible to train puppies,
and others ask whether it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks.
The answer to both questions is, YES. Whatever the age of your dog, the
right time to begin training is right now! The most important time in
your dog's life is right now. Your dog's behavior is constantly
changing. A dog that is well behaved today will not necessarily remain
that way forever. New problems can always develop. Existing problems can
always get worse.
Enroll in a pet dog obedience training class to learn the basics.
Then most teaching and training can and should be done in your home. It
is best to begin training in an area that is familiar to your dog and
with the least amount of distractions as possible. When you feel both
you and your dog are skilled at several obedience commands, then take
these commands to different areas. Introducing distractions may seem
like starting all over again, but it's worth the effort. In reality, who
cares if your dog will sit stay when no one is around? What you need is
a dog who will sit-stay when company is at the door. Who cares if your
dog heels beautifully in your own back yard? But you need to start there
if you eventually want a pet dog who will heel beautifully when walking
down Main Street. If you want your dog to be obedient in your car, guess
where you have to practice? If you suddenly want your dog to down-stay
while you are trying to move over 3 lanes to make an exit, you had
better find time to practice those obedience commands in the car long
before you need them. Don't drive and practice at the same time.
Practice while the car is parked or while someone else is driving.
Keep the obedience training sessions short and sweet. It is dull and
boring to schedule tedious and lengthy training sessions. Instead,
integrate training into your daily routine. Make obedience training
interesting and meaningful to your dog. If Puppy insists on following
you from room to room while you are getting ready for the day, then
insist he have something to do too. "Roll over" for your wake-up
greeting. "Heel" from the bedroom to the bathroom. "Down-stay" while
you're brushing your teeth. "Heel" from the bathroom to the kitchen.
"Sit-stay" while grinding the coffee beans. "Go find the ball" while you
get dressed. Now "go get the leash" so you can go for a walk. "Sit" when
the door is opened, "sit" again when the door is closed. And so on. Be
sure that obedience training infiltrates your dog's favorite activities
and that your dog's favorite activities infiltrates training. Your dog's
favorite activities should become training, so that training becomes the
dog's favorite activity.
Rewards While Training
The single most
important aspect of training is rewarding your dog for good behavior.
The more times the dog is rewarded, the quicker he will learn.
Therefore, it's essential that you set up situations repeatedly in order
for your dog to get plenty of practice at doing the right thing. It's
equally as important that you always praise your dog for good behavior
instead of taking it for granted. It's easy to forget to praise good
behavior because it goes unnoticed. But the very nature of misbehavior
gets our attention. We don't notice when our dog is lying quietly, but
excessive barking gets our attention. How many of us take notice and
praise our dogs when they chew their own toys? But we all go berserk
when we notice our favorite pair of shoes chewed up! Praise and reward
are the most important part of maintaining good behavior and preventing
problems from arising.
Correcting While Training
Some dogs feel they are constantly bombarded with, 'NO, Stop that,
get off, Bad dog!' They tend to get used to it and so the reprimands
become meaningless and are ignored. If most of our interaction with the
dog is praise for good behavior, then reprimands will take on much more
meaning. Whenever you find the need to reprimand your dog, immediately
show him what you want him to do, then reward him for getting it right.
If you catch him chewing the furniture, tell him, 'Off!' Then
immediately direct him to his own toys, enthusiastically entice him to
chew on them and praise him for doing so.
If done correctly, your voice alone is sufficient for reprimand. A
correct reprimand is short, sharp and immediate. Don't continue to nag
the dog and never reprimand him unless you catch him in the act. Never
hit, kick, slap or spank your dog. This type of inappropriate punishment
always creates more problems and usually makes existing problems worse.
Not only will you have a barking, chewing dog, but one that is leery,
hand-shy, fearful or aggressive.
List of dog breeds
Affenpinscher, Afghan Hound, Airedale
Terrier, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, American Eskimo Dog, American
Foxhound, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Water Spaniel,
Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd,
Australian Terrier, Basenji, Basset Hound, Beagle, Bearded Collie,
Beauceron, Bedlington Terrier, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog,
Belgian Tervuren, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bichon Frise, Black and Tan
Coonhound, Black Russian Terrier, Bloodhound, Border Collie, Border
Terrier, Borzoi, Boston Terrier, Bouvier des Flandres, Boxer, Briard,
Brittany, Brussels Griffon, Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Cairn
Terrier, Canaan Dog, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Cavalier King Charles
Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chihuahua, Chinese Crested, Chinese
Shar-Pei, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Collie,
Curly-Coated Retriever, Dachshund, Dalmatian, Dandie Dinmont Terrier,
Doberman Pinscher, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Cocker Spaniel, English
Foxhound, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel,
Field Spaniel, Finnish Spitz, Flat-Coated Retriever, French Bulldog,
German Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog, German Shorthaired Pointer, German
Wirehaired Pointer, Giant Schnauzer, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Golden
Retriever, Gordon Setter, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss
Mountain Dog, Greyhound, Harrier, Havanese, Ibizan Hound, Irish Red and
White Setter, Irish Setter, Irish Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish
Wolfhound, Italian Greyhound, Japanese Chin, Keeshond, Kerry Blue
Terrier, Komondor, Kuvasz, Labrador Retriever, Lakeland Terrier, Lhasa
Apso, Löwchen, Maltese, Manchester Terrier, Mastiff, Miniature Bull
Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Schnauzer, Neapolitan Mastiff,
Newfoundland, Norfolk Terrier, Norwegian Buhund, Norwegian Elkhound,
Norwich Terrier, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Old English
Sheepdog, Otterhound, Papillon, Parson Russell Terrier, Pekingese,
Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, Pharaoh Hound, Plott,
Pointer, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Pomeranian, Poodle, Portuguese Water
Dog, Pug, Puli, Pyrenean Shepherd, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler,
Saint Bernard, Saluki, Samoyed, Schipperke, Scottish Deerhound, Scottish
Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, Shiba Inu, Shih Tzu,
Siberian Husky, Silky Terrier, Skye Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Soft
Coated Wheaten Terrier, Spinone Italiano, Staffordshire Bull Terrier,
Standard Schnauzer, Sussex Spaniel, Swedish Vallhund, Tibetan Mastiff,
Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier, Vizsla, Weimaraner,
Welsh Springer Spaniel, Welsh Terrier, West Highland White Terrier,
Whippet, Wire Fox Terrier, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Yorkshire
Terrier, Bluetick Coonhound, Boykin Spaniel, Cane Corso, Cesky Terrier,
Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Icelandic Sheepdog, Leonberger, Norwegian
Lundehund, Redbone Coonhound, Treeing Walker Coonhound, Xoloitzcuintli,
American English Coonhound, Appenzeller Sennenhunde, Argentine Dogo,
Azawakh, Barbet, Belgian Laekenois, Bergamasco, Berger Picard, Boerboel,
Bolognese, Bracco Italiano, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Caucasian Ovcharka,
Central Asian Shepherd Dog, Chinook, Cirneco dell'Etna, Coton de Tulear,
Czechoslovakian Vlcak, Estrela Mountain Dog, Eurasier, Finnish Lapphund,
German Spitz, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, Jindo, Kai Ken, Karelian
Bear Dog, Kishu Ken, Kooikerhondje, Lagotto Romagnolo, Lancashire
Heeler, Mudi, Norrbottenspets, Perro de Presa Canario, Peruvian Inca
Orchid, Portuguese Podengo, Portuguese Pointer, Pumi, Rafeiro do
Alentejo, Rat Terrier, Russell Terrier, Russian Toy, Schapendoes,
Sloughi, Small Munsterlander Pointer, Spanish Mastiff, Spanish Water
Dog, Stabyhoun, Swedish Lapphund, Thai Ridgeback, Tosa, Treeing
Tennessee Brindle, Wirehaired Vizsla,