Published at Friday, 24 May 2019. Dog Training. By Fanetta Dupond.
The Body Language of Effective Dog Training. Training your dog is the ultimate expression of leadership: you are taking the initiative to teach, guide, and direct your dog. Your body language, therefore, should reflect your role as teacher and leader, communicating a calm self-confidence and composure. Let's look at the components of non-verbal communication as they affect your dog: Invite learning with your facial expression and demeanor. Your body language begins at the top, with your face. Training should be a positive, pleasant experience for you and your dog. Before you begin, and periodically throughout, consciously relax your facial muscles. Smile gently. Soften your eyes. Take a deep, relaxing breath, and keep breathing! When you are relaxed and happy, you present a safe haven for your dog's attention. (And there is nothing to be tense about, right? This is dog training, not world peace!) A soft eye will invite your dog to seek out your face, whereas a hard stare may intimidate your dog into breaking off eye contact, reducing your ability to communicate clearly.
Obedience Training: Now I do not know about you, but I certainly was not born an expert in dog training. So here, I would say its advisable to try and attend some good obedience training classes. This is especially true, if you are a new dog owner or have never really had any professional advice from people that have been doing this on a daily basis. Of course everything you are taught at these classes can be used in your home training. These classes can provide a solid foundation for aspects such as, assuming the alpha position, house training, issuing commands and even managing your older more mature dogs. Once you have the basics there is a wealth of advice, products and knowledge out there from experts in their fields, which will empower you. It may cost a little, but I would rather be penny wise than pound foolish.
Video Training – Video dog training may be the best alternative to expensive private lessons. Video lessons are much more affordable than hiring a professional trainer, obtainable at a fifth, sixth, or even a tenth of the cost. If you register for an online video dog training course, you will have the accountability of having to complete benchmarks or modules on time. Videos will help demonstrate exactly what you need to do with your dog to train him/her effectively. Plus, you are doing the training by yourself. This helps you to build a bond with your dog and doesn't confuse your dog as to who is actually boss between you or a trainer you hire.
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