How to Make Your Dog Obedient

Learn how to make your dog obedient in this Howcast video with Andrea Arden Dog Training.

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Do you have a new puppy at home -- or an older dog who just won't listen to you? Professional dog trainer JoAnne Basinger shows you how to train your dog in these Howcast videos. In no time at all, your dog will obey when you tell him to sit, stay, come, heel, lie down, and fetch. Once those basics are down, she'll show you how to teach your pet some easy dog tricks, like how to give paw, high five, roll over, and spin. She'll also tell you how to solve common dog behavior problems, like barking too much or jumping on visitors. So check out these dog training tutorials; they're the next best thing to having your own personal dog whisperer.

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"Dog Training: Dog Obedience Tips When people refer to wanting a really obedient dog, what they're generally picturing is a dog with great manners that responds to their person when requests are made. The best way to get a dog that responds to you is to use positive reward based training techniques so that you have a dog that wants to be compliant, not that's doing things because it's concerned or worried about what might happen or else, so keep your training positive by rewarding your dog for behavior that you want. In order to do that, one of the best tips is to write a list of things that motivate your dog so that your dog is motivated to learn and enjoying the teaching process. Rewards can usually fall into about four categories, food, and that's any kind of food, their normal meals, their really special treats, to chew toys. We also, of course, have toys and depending on the dog, they might like certain toys or all toys, but figure out what toys motivate your dog and at what times during the day it might be best to leverage those. Another reward is your attention. Pets, praise, eye contact, any type of attention from you is extremely rewarding to your dog so you want to dole that out for good behavior as well, and then there's a general category of life rewards. Things that are out and about in the environment, even just smelling a nice little spot on the street or walking over to a tree and checking it out, or walking out a door can be utilized as a life reward. You're going to take all those things that your dog loves and motivates your dog. You're going to write them down so that you remember them and you're going to start leveraging those in order to be able to reward your dog in a variety of ways for behavior that you want. Now that you've taken up all the resources and things that your dog cares about, and you're ready to give those to your dog for good behavior, you're ready to do a lot of training. First you want to start with your foundation skills like sit, down, stand and coming from a short distance. The mistake that a lot of people make is getting ahead of themselves, so don't rush it. Have strong foundation skills that you can then build upon so that you and your dog are successful along the way. Being successful keeps the training fun. Also, make sure that you're positive in (video ended abruptly here).Video ended mid-sentence at the end."

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  • JoAnne Basinger

    JoAnne Basinger is the director of Andrea Arden Dog Training in New York City, where she has been a dog trainer for 10 years. She began her animal training career at the New York Aquarium / Wildlife Conservation Society, where she spent 20 years as a trainer and animal care specialist for the aquarium's dolphins, whales, walruses, seals and sea otters. Volunteering with her community dog shelter in the mid-1990s inspired her to merge her expertise in marine mammal training with her passion for teaching and caring for companion dogs. JoAnne teaches group classes and offers private lessons addressing everything from raising and training puppies to dealing with more complicated behavioral issues of adolescent and adult dogs.