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Dog Behavior Modification

Because dogs are smart, loyal, and eager to please, dog behavior modification is much easier than with most pets, and anyone can learn to do it. Nonetheless, training your dog still requires a lot of patience, dedication, and hard work. You should start when the dog is young and be consistent until the dog is fully trained. Even after you have finished training your dog, reinforcement of the desired behavior from time to time to help keep the training strong is essential. Dog training can last forever, but it can also fade over time, so be careful to prevent this.

The most common forms of dog behavior modification are training a dog in useful tricks and important rules. Most people start by training a dog to go outside when it needs use the bathroom. There are a few different ways you can do this. You can first paper train the dog, teaching it to use newspapers to do its business, and then switch the training to some designated spot outdoors. Alternately, you can start off by just training a dog to go outside. Both theories have their advantages, and different experts on dog behavior modification have different opinions.

Dog tricks are one of the most interesting aspects of training, and certainly the most fun. Not only do they provide a fun distraction and a way to entertain house guests, but they are also good for the dog and for your relationship with it. Most domestic breeds of dogs really like to have some work they can do for you. By having tricks they can perform and earn praise, the dogs are able to feel more appreciated and more of a part of their community. This results in a happier, healthier dog, and makes other forms of dog behavior modification less necessary.

Of course sometimes, for whatever reason, basic dog training doesn’t take. Sometimes people get a new pet dog too late in life, or the dog is particularly obstinate or stubborn tempered. When this is the case, hiring the services of a professional dog trainer can be just what the doctor ordered. It is not really true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. You can do it, but you have to be really determined and have the time and energy. Many people have busy schedules which makes training a difficult dog beyond what they can reasonably accomplish. In this situation, professional dog behavior modification is the best solution.

A lot of people feel bad about sending their dogs to dog trainers, as they would feel if they were sending their children away to a military boarding school. In reality, however, a poorly behaved dog is rarely a happy one. A dog trainer can teach your dog the rules and help them learn to live peacefully with your family. This will be good for everyone.

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