The many tools of dog obedience training

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Dog training is not some sort of magic or hidden talent. It requires the right tools paired with someone who has the expertise to explain how to use them.

By Guest Dog Blogger, Penny

Since I am a dog, I’m always amazed when I see people using their hands to fix things. While watching my owner use a screwdriver the other day, I had a canine epiphany. People may not realize it because they tend to look at dog obedience training as needing some magic or hidden talent, but it just requires the right tools paired with someone who has the expertise to explain how to use them.

When you combine the right equipment with a trainer that understands that all of us dogs are indeed not cut from the same mold, you have found the key to successfully teaching your dog the skills that make them an excellent companion. A qualified trainer can determine what method to use once they have evaluated your dog’s personality, temperament, and energy level. We are all different, you know. Some of my friends learn fast and are born ready to fly through the basics and more advanced dog training areas. Others take a more “what exactly is in it for me” approach to doing what their owners require.

Knowledgeable trainers can determine what type of training plan is best for a particular dog and explain why they have come to this conclusion.

They then utilize doggy psychology, behavior modification techniques, and the right tools to work best in each circumstance. The end goal is to teach the owner how to consistently get their dog to respond positively without using drugs or physical punishment.

Since every dog is different, the type of collar used during training will vary.

Used correctly, no training collar will damage your dog mentally or physically. Certified Dog Trainers will show you how to properly manage your dog, no matter if the best tool for them is a slip collar, prong style, or an electronic collar. When in hands that understand and correctly apply them, these are all tools that will let your dog know what you are asking of him.

This team effort is what made me, Penny, the extremely well-behaved dog I am today, and it will give you and your canine companion the ability to work as a team as well. For more information on the Acme Canine dog training approach designed with you and your dog in mind, please visit our educational materials section at the Woofie Shop.

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