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Tips for Training and Educating Dogs
“Man’s best friend”, “The ideal pet”, “The perfect companion for going on walks with”, “A child’s favorite toy”. Who hasn’t heard these and other similar phrases?
We’re obviously talking about dogs. Dogs can be great new members of your household, but before deciding to do so you must consider all the consequences of bringing the dog to your house and welcoming him to your family. The mere thought of having a dog means that you have to ask yourself a series of questions.
The first step is to patiently analyze the advantages and obligations that are all part of buying a dog. You have to think about the breed you are interested in, the gender, the education that you want to and must give, the co-existence with the other members of the family (which might also include other pets), the commitments that you must make regarding the dogs schedules, etc. All these things must be taken into consideration.
If you live in an apartment, you must take into consideration a series of issues like the size of your new friend, if he’s got long or short hair, and, most importantly, if he is going to be around children. Likewise, you mustn’t forget the character of the dog; If you pick a very active animal, who will want long walks, races, etc., it will be very difficult for you to keep him happy within the city.
Likewise, if what you need is a watchdog to live in an estate or country house, you will have to pay special attention to the dog’s qualities, possibilities of being trained, and character docility, etc.
In the following pages you will find practical tips and information on how to take care of and train different breeds of dogs. We hope that these pages can help you make a good decision.
When you analyze each of the breeds, you’ll notice that there are some animals that initially seem ideal for every home and situation, but don’t let yourself be fooled. The qualities or genetic impulses of every breed are more or less defined by professionals and breeders. However, as with people, character is formed with the upbringing, education and coexistence that you give the puppy.
Therefore, dogs that are traditionally considered watchdogs might surprisingly be harmless with children, or animals that due to their small size seem completely harmless might become problematic as you go living with them.
You must really think it over carefully when you want to add this new member to your family who, for better or worse, will share lots of years with you. That precious puppy is going to grow, and play with everything that is at his reach, might bite you, and will surely become an adult with his own ideas and habits.
Only when you decide to live with the dog and after some time has passed, will you know his real character. This character might sometimes be different than what is normally expected of that particular breed. Actually, dogs tend to form a seminary character to that of their owners. Therefore, try to be a good example.
Our main desire is for you to find these following pages very useful. We want you to feel identified with your ideal friend and decide to include the dog you decide on into your life. There is no greater satisfaction than seeing your puppy grow, and later become a healthy and friendly adult dog. If you already have a dog, then I suppose you can agree with me and if what you want is to soon get one, then soon you will understand.
To start out, you can take this quiz to see if you are ready to have a dog, and to see what kind of dog owner you are. Plus, it can help you to choose the most appropriate dog for your needs, as well as the needs of your future dog.
After that, we’ll walk you through the steps of training your dog, basing this training on a method that awards the dog with food and which is very useful and easy for people who don’t have much experience training dogs.
Lastly, there is a section with a detailed description of the most common dog breeds. This description includes their particular qualities, habits, likes and dislikes. Besides, there are a lot of other tips that will help you get to know your new friend really well.