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Historically, domesticated dogs were trained to perform a variety of tasks including retrieving, herding, pulling sleds, and warding off intruders. Today, dogs are also trained for racing, entertaining, and assisting people with disabilities. Activity training is used to teach more specific skills like these, while behavioral and obedience training is what you as a dog owner will use to encourage house training, leash walking, good social behavior, and obedience to commands.

Behavioral and obedience training works best when it is started at an early age and is consistently reinforced. Training should begin as soon your puppy is weaned and continue for the first eighteen months of life. Your dog must be taught where to relieve himself and how to properly socialize with people and other dogs. He can also be trained to obey simple commands to come, sit, and stay, as well as to walk on a leash properly. In addition to teaching correct behavior and assuring the safety of your pet and others, proper training establishes your dog's position in the hierarchy of the family.

Dogs instinctively behave as members of a pack and need to understand their position in order for training to be effective. Your dog's family is his pack, and you, as the owner, should always be seen as the dominant partner or "top dog". To help establish this dominance, you should feed him at a time that suits you, perhaps after you yourself have eaten. Never feed him near the table where you eat or share your food with him. Don't let your dog always win at games such as tug. Do not let your dog stand over you or otherwise assume a position of dominance. Play with your dog consistently but ignore him when he is being very demanding. Do not let him sit on the furniture. Occasionally sit in his bed. Try to go through doors and hallways ahead of your dog without letting him run ahead of you. Dogs find reassurance in knowing their place in the pack and consistent training will bring them comfort and lessen confusion.

Keep training sessions relatively short, around ten to fifteen minutes, and choose a quiet area away from distractions. Be firm in your tone of voice. Simple one word commands such as "Sit!" or "Down!" are much easier to learn than "Sit down!" or "Lie down!". Good behavior should be rewarded frequently and lavishly. Use verbal praise for behavioral training, but treats can be used when training for obedience. Hitting can induce fear-related aggression and undermine your pet's trust in you and should never be used as a form of punishment. When discipline is needed, a spray bottle filled with water can be used to immediately spray your dog when he misbehaves. Make sure trust is established by positive reinforcement of correct behavior and continue to practice, practice, practice.

Training is an integral part of responsible pet ownership and one of the most important things you can do to foster a secure and happy dog. Basic obedience classes can be located in our directory below or through your veterinarian, breed associations, or the newspaper; they are extremely helpful for first time dog owners as well as owners of strong-willed dogs. Training your dog with kindness, firmness, and consistency will create a loving bond with your dog and ensure that he is a loyal member of your family.

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    2 Brothers Kennel

    2 Brothers Kennel - Puppy Listings!

    19123 Yontz Rd
    Brooksville, FL 34601
    (352) 848-0422

    We breed imported working line German Shepherds for family, sport, and law enforcement. We offer dog and puppy training, obedience, beginner to advanced, home protection, and behavior modification. Our trainers are FDLE certified canine trainers. We also board dogs in our facility, and we have pet food and supplies.

    Registries: AKC - American Kennel Club, UKC - United Kennel Club, FCI - Federation Cynologique Internationale
    Region: Hernando County, Florida
    Categories: German Shepherd Dog Breeders, Kennels / Boarding, Trainers, Obedience Classes

    A Better Dog 101

    A Better Dog 101

    21001 N Tatum Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85050
    (480) 336-3676
    (623) 572-0164

    At A Better Dog home dog training, it is our mission to effectively train all of our dogs using humane, dog-friendly techniques to help develop a dog that can be a quality, lifelong companion to their owner.

    Region: Maricopa County, Arizona
    Categories: Trainers, Obedience Classes

    A Dog's Way Inn

    A Dog's Way Inn

    761 Pendergrass Avenue
    Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
    (843) 357-4545

    For Dogs Only: A dog's life just got better at A Dog's Way Inn of Murrells Inlet (south of Myrtle Beach, north of Litchfield Beach-Pawleys Island), featuring overnight dog boarding and doggy day care to fit your pet canine's needs in spacious and climate controlled kennels with soothing music. Dogs are exercised and socialized 4 - 5 times each day in large outdoor fenced play yards. Other services include grooming, obedience and agility training. Also available: a fenced 3-acre dog park with freshwater pond for boarding dogs and Freeway Park Members Only.

    Region: Georgetown County, South Carolina
    Categories: Kennels / Boarding, Groomers, Trainers, Obedience Classes

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    A Good Dog Day

    A Good Dog Day

    13699 Endicot Circle
    Magalia, CA 95954
    (530) 327-7291

    Customized private obedience / manners training and behavior problem resolution through positive reinforcement training techniques. Serving Butte County and the SF Bay area.

    Region: Butte County, California
    Categories: Kennels / Boarding, Trainers, Obedience Classes

    Belquest Kennels

    Belquest Kennels

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    18745 Penn Shop Rd
    Mt Airy, MD 21771-3933
    (301) 831-7507
    (410) 795-8395

    Pet boarding, grooming, training and daycare. Breeder of top AKC Champion English Labrador Retrievers. We offer classes in puppy, basic, advanced, agility, rally, tracking, show handling, CGC, and TDI. Private lessons. In-home boarding school. Daycare w/training, expert trainers, and master groomers. Country boarding.

    Registry: AKC - American Kennel Club
    Region: Frederick County, Maryland
    Categories: Golden Retriever Breeders, Labrador Retriever Breeders, Kennels / Boarding, Groomers, Trainers, Obedience Classes

    Canine Obedience Unlimited

    Canine Obedience Unlimited

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    11140 Rockville Pike #130
    Rockville, MD 20252
    (240) 793-5787

    Maryland premier professional dog training - where every dog is off leash trained. We offer at home dog training, dog obedience class and boarding dog training with results that you can see for yourself.

    Region: Montgomery County, Maryland
    Categories: Trainers, Obedience Classes

    Captain's Kennels, The

    Captain's Kennels, The

    2094 County Rd 29
    Lake Shore, MN 56468
    (218) 568-3647

    Family raised Labrador Retrievers. We raise quality Labs in all 3 colors (black, yellow, chocolate). Please inquire for puppy availability. Field champion and show champion bloodlines. Stud service available. Located in northern Minnesota.

    Registries: AKC - American Kennel Club, UKC - United Kennel Club
    Region: Crow Wing County, Minnesota
    Categories: Labrador Retriever Breeders, Obedience Classes, Hunting Dog Trainers

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    Cirius Kennels

    Cirius Kennels

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    Stormville, NY 12582
    (845) 629-8385

    Labrador Retrievers and dog training. Cirius Kennels is a family owned dog kennel located in Stormville, NY about 70 miles north of New York City in Dutchess County of the Hudson Valley Region. We are currently raising our kennel of Labrador Retrievers, who are used for hunting, search and rescue, and therapy work. Brian and Jennifer are both Cornell University Graduates with a BS in Animal Science. We offer dog training for all breeds of dogs and other services in Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Counties.

    Registry: AKC - American Kennel Club
    Region: Dutchess County, New York
    Categories: Labrador Retriever Breeders, Trainers, Obedience Classes

    Completely K9

    Completely K9

    PO Box 2208
    Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

    Dog and puppy training. Completely K9 instructors help you teach your canine the skills needed to become a well-behaved pet or a competitive athlete by offering classes in obedience, agility, behavior, retriever and hunt test training. Wondering what to do with your pooch while you’re away? Register your dog or puppy into Completely K9's "Board & Train" Pup Camp and come back to a better behaved pup.

    Registry: AKC - American Kennel Club
    Region: Georgetown County, South Carolina
    Categories: Trainers, Obedience Classes

    Daytripper Dog Training

    Daytripper Dog Training

    Kawartha Lakes ON
    (705) 324-2116

    Agility and obedience training for you and your dog. Daytripper Dog Training is located in the city of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario. We have an outdoor agility facility and also offer indoor agility classes during the winter season.

    Region: Ontario
    Categories: Trainers, Obedience Classes

    Dog House, The

    Dog House, The

    214 N Main St
    North Webster, IN 46555
    (574) 244-2039

    We offer puppy classes, basic obedience, agility, and rally-o. Many of our handler/dog teams have gone to competition in just a few months from starting training.

    Region: Kosciusko County, Indiana
    Categories: Kennels / Boarding, Groomers, Obedience Classes, Agility Dog Trainers

    Dog Shed, The

    Dog Shed, The


    The dog main page. Check out our vending. Visit our classes, grooming, and boarding. Order online.

    Region: Missouri
    Categories: Kennels / Boarding, Groomers, Obedience Classes, Pet Supply Stores

    Doggonit Training

    Doggonit Training

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    3 Wethersfield Dr
    Northfield, NH 03276
    (603) 729-3669

    Animal Behavior Consultant offering private consults, private obedience courses, group obedience courses, and AKC CGC evaluations! Check out my website for more information!

    Registry: AKC - American Kennel Club
    Region: Merrimack County, New Hampshire
    Categories: Trainers, Obedience Classes

    Doody Free Pet Waste Removal

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    1365 N Railroad Ave
    Staten Island, NY 10306
    (917) 225-8059

    Staten Island pooper scooper service. Full service. 100% reliable. Since 2006. Lawn, deck, pavement, and litter box cleaning. "We're Happy To Doo It!"

    Region: Richmond County, New York
    Categories: Services, Trainers, Obedience Classes, Dog Sitters, Dog Walkers

    Dream Team Kennels

    Dream Team Kennels

    (804) 677-1695

    Cane Corso puppies for sale. Breeder serving VA, PA, DC, and MD.

    Registry: SACCI - Society in America for Cane Corso Italiano
    Region: Virginia
    Categories: Trainers, Obedience Classes, Cane Corso Breeders, Boerboel Breeders, Cao Fila de Sao Miguel Breeders

    East Coast Kennels

    East Coast Kennels

    757 Perrineville Road
    Perrineville, NJ 08535
    (609) 490-9709

    Labrador Retriever breeder in New Jersey.

    Region: Monmouth County, New Jersey
    Categories: Labrador Retriever Breeders, Trainers, Obedience Classes

    Fayes Border Collies

    Fayes Border Collies

    22891 Falling Springs Road
    Decatur, AR 72722
    (479) 752-3605

    Border Collie puppy sales and training.

    Registries: AKC - American Kennel Club, ABCA - American Border Collie Association
    Region: Benton County, Arkansas
    Categories: Border Collie Breeders, Obedience Classes



    Blzeja Bullu 11
    03608 Martin

    Breeding station for Belgian Malinois and Dobermans. Educating and training puppies. Sale puppies. More info and photos on our web page.

    Registry: FCI - Federation Cynologique Internationale
    Region: Slovakia
    Categories: Trainers, Obedience Classes

    Hayes HappyDog Day Care Boarding &Training Center / Honora's Golden Retrievers

    Hayes HappyDog Day Care Boarding &Training Center / Honora's Golden Retrievers

    Egremont, MA 01230
    (413) 528-0877

    A small home based non-commercial breeding program. Our goal is to develop handsome pups with wonderful willing temperaments. Our foundation bitch has multiple working titles.

    Registry: AKC - American Kennel Club
    Region: Berkshire County, Massachusetts
    Categories: Golden Retriever Breeders, Kennels / Boarding, Groomers, Trainers, Obedience Classes

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