Dog Training

Your Complete Guide to Dog Care and Dog Training.

Dog Training, Obedience and Behavior Training

Dog-and-Teacher Relationship
Your Student
The Classroom
Who’s to Do the Training?
Training Equipment
Giving Commands
Praise and Reprimand

Your Classroom Deportment
The Basic Commands
Heeling Without the Leash
Teaching the Puppy Etiquette
Training Hints

Up until now, your puppy’s training has consisted of a series of corrections when he erred. You’ve been pointing out his mistakes after he’s committed them. When he jumps on the furniture, you push him off and tell him “No!” If he misses his newspapers and stains your rug, you reprimand him with a stern “No!” and rush him, belatedly, over to the newspapers. He’s lived and grown in a world of “do’s” and “don’ts” and it’s all been very bewildering for the young pup. But the time has come when the pup needs to be taught simple commands that will permit you to guide his actions. These simple commands are what we will call the pup’s formal training.

Basically, the formal training is a command and response program; you issue the commands with the proper voice inflections, gestures and demonstrations, the pup learns to respond and perform the commands. He repeats and repeats the action of the command until he learns to associate the command with the proper action. It is the old “trial-and-error” routine. Eventually, the pup learns the commands well enough to make them part of his regular behavior pattern.

How well he learns his lessons depends a great deal on what and how you teach him. Make no mistake about it, teaching your dog the basic obedience commands calls for plenty of perseverance and patience. But you have a very important factor working in your favor. You are the pup’s idol and he’ll do everything he can to please you. He wants your approval and upon this factor you will base your formal training program. The pup will not spare himself in his efforts to win your good graces. But you will have to help him by making it clear just what you want him to do. You cannot expect the pup to make good marks in his schooling unless he knows what you want and has the ability to do it.


The pup will pick up his cue from your behavior. Approach the lessons in a playful manner and the dog will respond in a similar manner. Both you and the dog should enter into the lessons with a serious intention. You are not out to make the lessons a grueling marathon of learning, but neither are you supposed to make a big game of them. The pup is in school to learn some important lessons that will have a bearing on his future in your home and community. Show him that you will not tolerate any fooling and he’ll fall into line.

You will find that the pup will definitely respond to your attitude during the training and thereafter. He will be affected by your pleasure or displeasure, as shown in your voice. You will recall from the section on instincts and behavior, that dogs are very responsive to the human voice. Your voice, then, will be the most valuable training tool. Learn to use it correctly.

There’s no need to acquire the harsh or snappy voice of a drill sergeant. You will have to speak loudly and clearly, with enough firmness in your voice to show the pup you mean business. A lackadaisical or indifferent tone will simply not work. If you do use this approach, you’ll soon find your pupil gazing off into the distance, his mind far away from the job at hand.

Your Complete Guide to Dog Care and Dog Training.