Is it possible to train your dog without hiring an expensive dog trainer? Definitely and absolutely yes. It's always preferable to train your dog yourself rather than sending him off to be trained by someone else. Some people might be intimidated at the thought of doing it themselves, but it's really easier than you might think. Believe me, you are the best person in the world to do it.
Why you ask? By training your own dog, you and your dog will learn how to communicate and understand each other. Training can build a strong relationship, based on trust and mutual respect, and provides greater confidence and control of your dog in any situation. It's a great way to bond, plus you will definitely save some money. So what's the best way to start? Well, in order to be successful you need to learn as much about your pet as you can. It's very important that you understand basic dog behavior, so take the time and prepare yourself. You have to make sure that before you start you know how to train a dog properly.
So do your homework. Dogs have descended from animals that lived in packs and like their wolf ancestors, they have a pack mentality. To your dog, you and everyone else in your household are in his pack. Dogs don't think they are people, they think people are dogs. The key to successful dog training is to set yourself up as the pack leader or alpha dog. Your dog needs to know how he fits in the pack and what is expected of him.
The best way to train your dog is through positive reinforcement. When the dog performs a behavior the way you want, reinforce that behavior with pleasant rewards, such as verbal praise or treats. You should never yell at or hit your dog, no matter how frustrating it can get.
Just remember, every dog can be trained, no matter if large or small, a puppy or old. And you can certainly do it yourself with the help of books and/or training videos. Sure, it won't be easy, but if you are willing to put in some time and effort, it will certainly heighten the bond between you and your pet.
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