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Canine Obedience, or How to Train Your Dog


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This is the flagship discipline for training and training your dog, taught in dog clubs, just like agility. It was created thanks to the American Kennel Club, an American canine association whose main mission is to promote purebred dogs. Canine obedience has its origins in working dog sports, including police dogs and security dogs.


How to train your dog and teach him the basic commands?

Seated:

According to the American Kennel Club, the sine qua non condition to teach the order "sitting" to your dog is that it remains standing in front of you. If it does not come towards you spontaneously, approach it slowly, guide it with the leash to make it come where you want. Thus, you make your four-legged friend understand that he must obey you, without being too strict with him.

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There are two ways to teach your dog the “sit” order. Choose the one that speaks to you the most:

1st method: kneel in front of your dog and prepare a treat in your hand, as a reward. Place the treat just in front of your dog's truffle and say "sit" as you raise the treat gently, above his head. Now there is a good chance that he will sit up looking up as soon as you say the word "sit". If he steps back, gently put your hand on his hindquarters and make him sit down. Systematically reward him with a treat, whether he needed help to successfully complete the canine obedience exercise or not.

2nd method: sit directly in front of your dog, place one hand on his chest and the other immediately behind his hind legs. Say "sit" and press gently against his chest to get him to sit. As soon as he sits, reward him with a treat.

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Lying down :

There are also two ways to teach your dog the "lying" order. Choose the most consistent for you:

1st method: to train your dog and make him understand that he must lie down on order, kneel on his right and place your left hand on his shoulders. Then place your right hand just behind its front legs. Say "lying" by pressing gently on his shoulders. Slide its front paws until your dog is lying down. Pat his back for a few seconds to allow him to relax and encourage him to stay in this position. Praise him and let him enjoy a treat.

Use some sort of keyword that sounds at the end of the exercise. Let your dog stand up, praise him and reward him again. Repeat the exercise several times, to bring your dog back to the prone position. From now on, your dog will take this position, as soon as you give him the order.

2nd method: place your left hand on your dog's shoulders while you present a treat with your right hand in front of its mouth. Say "lying" and slowly drop the treat on the ground between its legs. Then slowly pull it forward to get it away from your dog. As soon as your dog is in bed, let him eat the treat.

Rest :

The purpose of this canine obedience order is to keep your dog in his position until you say the keyword to end the exercise or decide to do another round. It is important that the orders that you give to your dog are well delimited by a beginning and an end, both clearly perceptible by your companion. Do not perform this exercise with food in your hand. This would only encourage your dog to follow you so that you give it to him. Train your dog to succeed in this order by being away and saying the keyword as soon as you return. If you feel that your dog is about to abandon the position, repeat the "stay" order.


Canine obedience: which dog training accessories?

Clicker training is a method based on the principle of positive reinforcement, which is based on scientific foundations. With the clicker, let your dog know what you want from him. The clicker is a dog training accessory that emits a particular sound as soon as you click on the button.

At the same time, you can utter a specific word. According to critics of the clicker, the use of words would further strengthen the bonds between a dog and its owner. In the dog training community, such as the American Kennel Club, the clicker is an accessory that is used very frequently.

A leash is also an essential accessory for training a dog, according to the recommendations of the American Kennel Club. Get your dog used to enjoying wearing his collar and being connected to his leash.



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Obedience training and obedience test: what difference?


The biggest difference between these two disciplines is that a dog receives a lot more treats, as part of training, training. For example, the goal could be for the dog to perform better than in competition in order to receive rewards. Train your dog to obey without systematic reward. At the end of each obedience session, however, reward your companion with greed.

The discipline qualified as canine obedience is characterized by very simple orders such as "sitting", as by high level competitions, such as those practiced by the American Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club. During these dog obedience competitions, the difficulty of the orders, the precision of the execution and the general performance are all elements evaluated by the jury.

In order for the dog to qualify as "obedient" (as opposed to the designation "educated"), it must effectively respond to all requests from its owner. Masters take great pleasure in practicing this discipline alongside their dog, especially if the latter is gifted in obedience. Likewise, dogs enjoy performing these exercises in the company of their owner. If a dog is not very obedient, it can quickly become painful for its owner and those around him. Finally, in society, it is extremely important that a dog obey his master, in order to prevent a stressful situation from escalating, for example.


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