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Importance of Dog Obedience Training Dog obedience training is the most important aspect and the very first thing a dog should learn and it is the foundation to solving many of the dog’s behavior problems. Without proper dog training, dog behavior problems will lead from one to another such as excessive barking, chewing, digging, and even biting. A misbehave dog frustrates you and this leads to an unhealthy relationship between you and your dog. Dog obedience training is the perfect method for both of you to establish a connection and to relate to one another and to make living together more enjoyable. Dog obedience training should be fun and rewarding for both you and your furry companion.

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Effective dog obedience training is not just restricted to training your dog to sit-stay. Understanding your dog’s behavior and characteristics are important for establishing positive interactions between you and your dog. Regardless of what age your dog is, puppy or adult dog, it is never too late to start training a dog. Start your dog obedience training right now before

existing problems worsen or prevents new problems from developing later on. Many of the dog owners decide to give up their dogs because they think the dogs are causing too much problems either to them or the neighbors. This is truly unfair to the dogs because many of the problems exist are solely due to the irresponsibility of the owner themselves as they fail to provide a well-structured environment and proper guidance to the dogs. By nature, dogs live in a structure social order of their pack. So being in control doesn’t mean it is unfair to your dog. They need a well-structured environment to be happy and to understand where they belong in the family pack. In many ways, dog training offers as much of a learning opportunity for the owner as it does for the dog. When you first sit down to try and teach your new puppy that using the floor is bad and they should be going outside you may feel completely overwhelmed by the entire process. However, the first step of any training is obedience training. Instead of teaching your dog specific actions, obedience training will teach them that you are in command and it will also teach you the same thing.

Because you are now the mother of the relationship it is important that you take on this role and you do so as soon as possible. The best way to learn the very basics of obedience training is by using a local training school. This will not only arm you with the appropriate exercises to use when at home but it will also begin the important step of socializing your dog with other dogs and with other people. If you want a happy and friendly dog, then socializing is absolutely essential. The two important aspects of obedience training a puppy are reward and reprimand. Note that the reprimand you give should never be physical. A verbal command or a noise of some sort will be more than enough but it is also important that you do not use your dog's name as a reprimand. It may be difficult to get to grips with this at first because if he or she misbehaves your natural instinct is to shout their name. If you do this, the dog will become confused and when you try to call them back to you they may believe they are being shouted at. Some obedience training professionals suggest using a barking sound like 'BAAHH'. You may feel silly using this in the street but it is effective in the long run. If you do not feel comfortable with this then you need to settle on one word that you will always use. A word like 'stop' should do the trick perfectly. When you first start training, you may want to use edible rewards combined with a verbal reward as well such as 'good boy'. In the end, you will move on to just use the verbal reward and that will be enough for your dog.

The best time to begin obedience training is when your dog is a puppy. Some may believe this to be cruel but when you take on the responsibility of owning a puppy you are taking the mantle of its mother. For an extensive list of pet When a puppy rescues and shelters throughout misbehaves it gets a the Valley, visit our website. warning from mum and when it does well it would normally get rewarded.

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"They never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation." -- Jerome K. Jerome

Cat Obedience Training — Yes, It IS Possible! Most people that decide to take in a cat, don't even consider training their cat. People still are convinced cats don't need any cat obedience training.

as dogs, they are very autonomous and don't like to be bossed around. So training them might not seem that easy. The use of positive reinforcement, however, is common with both cats and dogs.

Compared to dogs, cats are very hygienic and independent animals; they usually don't need house training; they learn through observation.

Using violence to punish a cat during training or at any other time is never acceptable. Not only does this have a negative impact on the relationship between you and your cat, it may also cause your cat to fear you which can lead to aggressive behavior towards people and other animals.

This is probably one of the main reasons why most people still think cats can not be trained and there is no need to train them. Nevertheless cats can be trained and obedience training is as important to cats as it is to dogs. If you are willing to put some time and effort into training your cat, both you and your cat will benefit from it in the long run.

Instead you should reward good behavior by giving your cat some treats and a lot of attention and praise. The ideal training session takes about 10 -15 minutes and it ends with playtime.

Not only can cat obedience training be a great way to prevent future cat behavior problems, it's also a fun and great way to reinforce your relationship with your cat. Cat obedience training can be used to resolve and prevent several cat behavior problems, simply by following, a few easy to learn cat training tips. It allows you to teach your cat how to behave and to end problem behavior. Training your cat should allow you to teach your cat to stay clear off certain counters or furniture, to stop crying for attention when needed, to interact socially with people and other animals, to wear a leash and harness while walking and to stay away from certain places or items. If you want to become the proud owner of a well-behaved cat, cat obedience training is imperative. Cats aren't trained the same way

A lot of people are able to successfully complete cat obedience training on their own; some people, however, may need some assistance training their cat. If that is the case, they are in luck; there are a lot of animal behavior experts, schools, and trainers who are eager to share their expertise and training advice to help you train your cat. Prices for this kind of professional help may range from ten to hundreds of dollars depending on the training method you choose to use. Not every cat is going to have behavior problems. Each cat has its own unique personality, just as humans do, and while some cat owners will never have a problem with their cats' behavior, others will have to train theirs. Don't let the possibility of having to train your cat, keep you from having one. Cats are very loving and caring animals and you can develop a great relation with them, if you are willing to give it some time and effort.

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Finding Support and Coping with Pet Loss Losing a beloved pet is one of the most  difficult situations many of us will face.  As members of our family, pets are our  comrades and confidantes, our children  and our friends.  

Healthy mourning is a process that  takes place over time and requires sup‐ port and understanding from family,  friends and others who have been in a  similar position. 

The pain that surrounds such a personal  tragedy is real, but you may feel embar‐ rassed or uneasy about expressing your  grief. Because grieving over pets is not  generally acknowledged behavior in our  society, you may even think that you  don’t have a legitimate right to feel as  you do. As a result, there isn’t much  support offered to grieving pet owners,  and you may feel very alone. 

Because it’s often so difficult to find  support for the grieving process when it  concerns a lost pet, you are encouraged  to visit our website at for a list of pet loss sup‐ port groups and literature on talking to  friends, family and children about the  loss of a pet and what it means. 

pet owners, we are all part of the same  family, all ready to help however we  can.  The Internet is a wonderful resource for  finding more information on pet loss  grief support, and a great place to start  is 

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Please know that you are not alone. As 

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." -- Jeff Valdez

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