Adding a dog to your household can be very exciting. Suddenly you have a new and entertaining personality as part of your family who looks at you with unconditional love. However, a new dog is not all sunshine and daisies. The truth is that if you want to make the addition of your dog as positive as possible you are going to want to take some time to adequately train your dog. The truth is that training your dog does not have to be a difficult process. With the right dog training tools you can make the training process as easy as possible.
Dog training tools can be very helpful in aiding you to properly train your dog. There are many different types of tools on the market. With all of that variety you may find yourself struggling to narrow down your choices. The best option is really to narrow down your training focus, and that will help to inform which dog training tools you should be purchasing.
One of the first dog training tools that you should purchase is a dog collar. In most states it is required that you dog wear a collar with their tags on it, and often the dog collar is what you attach your dog’s leash to. However, a proper training collar can really help in your training efforts. Many professional trainers will recommend that you look into purchasing a choke or prong collar. However, you need to make sure that if you are planning on using one of those collars that you receive the proper instructions regarding their proper use. The last thing that you want to do with dog training tools is to hurt your dog. Be sure to speak with your trainer as to how they recommend that you should be using a training collar.
A leash is another one of the essential dog training tools that you should have. Your leash is probably going to be one of the most often used tools that you have in your possession. There are many different types of leashes available to dog owners. When you are just beginning to train your dog you are going to want to steer clear of retractable leashes. Instead you will want to choose a basic leash to start with. You are going to want to begin with a leash that is six feet long. Additionally, you want to make sure that your leash has a nice strong clip to attach it to your dog’s collar. As your training progresses you may need to purchase additional leashes for different purposes, but when you are starting out a six foot leash is the most important starting tool.
Once you have reached the level of dog training in which your dog is not fooled by distractions or temptation, you are then ready to proceed to the next level of training – how to heel correctly.
If your dog cannot walk comfortably at your side, there is no way you’re going to teach him anything about being obedient. He must learn to heel properly and focus his full attention to you.
You will be using a six-foot leather training leash for this phase. During this stage of training, you will teach your dog to walk beside you like a gentleman. He will learn to automatically sit at your side when you stop.
Correct Dog Training Employs No Punishment
The right attitude cannot be achieved if your dog is mistreated or abused. To restrain or choke the dog on a short, tight leash, to hit him in the chest, or to smack his face with the end of the leash while trying to teach him to heel will result, among other things, in a completely negative attitude in the animal.
Starting Position When Dog Training
To begin, you will notice that your leash has a loop in one end. Place your right thumb through that loop. With your left hand, grab the leash at the middle section and place it in your right hand. Notice that the dog is on your left side, but that the leash is held in your right hand.
This will seem a little awkward at first, but your left hand will be doing other things.
Do not form the habit of trying to restrain your dog at your side by holding him up close with the left hand on that leash.
Remember, dog training, do not restrain him. Forget about everything that you were told or read about restraining a dog tugging at your side in the hope that he will get the idea that this is where you want him to walk.
That idea will never occur to him.
There is an important characteristic of an untrained dog on a leash that will become obvious to you during this stage of dog training.
This dog wants to feel a tight leash! If there’s a slack in the leash, he has no way of calculating its exact length. On a tight leash, he can lunge and pull and go through all kinds of twists and turns, because he has the security of feeling where the other end of the leash is.
Therefore, it is very important throughout dog training that you don’t give in to your dog’s wishes by walking him on a tight leash.