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In the Beginning…
May 29, 2012, 7:30 PM
Filed under: Obedience, Training | Tags: , , , ,
Rosie 12/12/10

Isn’t she so cute and little?

This photo is Rosie (Rose of My Heart) the day that we brought her home (12/12/10). Isn’t she so cute and little? As I add to the blog, I’ll add more pics, you’ll see that she got big and strong very quickly!

One of the best things that I did with her was start taking her to obedience classes right away.Training builds a bond between you and your dog, and makes them eager to please you. We used to laugh in the classes that I took her to, because usually if we messed up an exercise, it was MY fault, not hers! I would always say “Handler error!” The other thing that a good training class will teach you is to have appropriate expectations of your dog. Really, we humans are the ones being trained, not the dogs! It takes a baby human close to a year to learn to walk and talk. In much the same way, it takes a puppy time learn what you expect of him/her. Be patient, and remember they watch everything that you do. If they have a bad habit, chances are that you taught it to them without even realizing it!

My old dogs that are no longer with us were not nearly as well trained as Rosie and Ranger. I didn’t know as much then as I do now, plus I had small children that took up most of my time. They were both sweethearts, but more by accident than by plan! My suggestion is to find classes with a dog club or other trainer, someone that really knows dogs and dog behavior. The “big box” pet stores don’t tend to have the same kind of quality as a dog club or professional trainer. Not to say that is always the case! That has just been my experience.

Even if your dog is an adult, its not too late! We saw 3, 4 and 5 year old dogs that the owners were ready to give up on come to our classes and within the 6 week class time they were a different animal!

I also highly recommend that you read one or all of the following books:

  • How to be Your Dog’s Best Friend – The Monks of New Skete
  • How to Speak Dog – Stanley Coren
  • How Dogs Think – Stanley Coren
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