A well-trained and obedient dog is an absolute pleasure. He is your best friend and your trusted ally. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what talents and abilities you might or might not have. Your dog will love you completely and totally, and without passing judgment about your worth, or even if you are worthy of his love and devotion. I saw a T- st louis cardinals zip up st louis cardinals t shirt the other day that said, “Lord, please help me to be as perfect as my dog thinks I am.” Perfect!
But if you want a dog that adores you, then you must have a dog that will obey you. Obedience training, whether it is done by a professional or accomplished by the dog owner at home, is not optional. If you want a good dog, then you must be certain that he is an obedient dog for your sake as well as for the sake of the dog and the general public.
Obedience training usually starts with teaching a dog to walk on a leash. You’ve seen those dogs that are pulling on the leash and dashing here and there as far as their leash allows them to go. These dogs are not trained to walk on a leash.
The first caution that I always give is that the collar that is used needs to fit the dog’s neck. I do not use choke collars, and I do not recommend them. The idea is to teach the dog to walk on a leash and not to break his neck.
There are dozens of leash-walking courses that you can find on the Internet. Choose the one that seems to be right for you and for your dog. Read and follow the directions carefully and remember that patient practice is the only thing that makes “perfect.”
write by Kelsey