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Old Dog, New Tricks: How To Know If Your Dog Needs Obedience Training


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Dogs are regarded as one of the smartest animals and, indeed, pets you can have. Experts believe that we have not yet fully grasped dogs’ intellectual capabilities. However, even with our limited understanding of the species’ intellectual ceiling, dogs have still been able to perform amazing fits through canine obedience training. 

In most cases, it is relatively easy to train a dog when it is still a puppy. It is still very susceptible to basic training techniques, and the overall curiosity of puppies makes it that much easier. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes dogs are not properly trained, which may result in your dog not following your commands. Furthermore, with more people opting to adopt dogs from shelters, there is no guarantee that they are properly trained. So how do you know that your canine companion needs obedience training?

Failure To Recognize Basic Commands

Most dogs, by the time they turn six months, should have grasped basic commands like sit, speak and stay. They are the most basic commands, and most dog owners can teach their pups to follow these instructions with ease. Therefore, if your fully grown dog fails to recognize these commands, there is a high chance that they need obedience training. However, the exception to this rule is when you have a new dog that is still adjusting to its surroundings and you. They may not agree to follow your commands as they do not recognize you as a friend or as an owner yet. In this case, you need patience before making any decisions about training. 

Excessive Barking

Dogs have many modes of communication. High up that list is body language such as wagging their tail, or barking, which is their vocal communication method. It is natural for some dogs like huskies to be more vocal. However, what we are talking about here is the dog barking at any inconvenience or anyone. This includes the mailman, a squirrel or even you and your family. 

Excessive barking could be attributed to a lack of obedience training. A more structured training regimen should be adapted to help the dog relax and understand threats from normal daily activities. 

Pulling The Leash During A Walk

A walk is probably one of the best activities you can do with your dog. Canines are naturally curious and bursting with energy. It is no surprise that they get very excited when they are about to go for a walk. However, it is important that you lead the dog and not the other way around. If your dog leads you, it can be a very unpleasant experience for you, other dogs and people in the streets. 

A good way to train your dog so that it calms down during walks is by backing up from the door every time it tries to lead when you open the front door. Do this enough times, and the dog will understand that it must wait if it wants to go for a walk. 

Another area you should consider before obedience training is separation anxiety. Dogs are social animals and love giving and getting attention. If your dog becomes destructive and whiny every time you leave, it may be suffering from separation anxiety. It is therefore important to contact trainers like Spectrum Canine Dog Training to guide you and help you determine the best training approach in such situations. We can help you with obedience training, among other training techniques, to ensure you enjoy your companionship with your dog and the dog is happy. Visit our website for more detail:

Spectrum Canine Dog Training, 

34060 Rowland Dr. Fremont CA 94555, 

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