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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.

Obedience Classes Directory

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    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

    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

    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

    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

    Ann Tanner Charming Little Chis

    (951) 303-5246

    Registry: AKC - American Kennel Club
    Region: California
    Categories: Chihuahua Breeders, Trainers, Obedience Classes

    Belquest Kennels

    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

    Brianna's Canine Resort

    Grand Ronde, OR 97347
    (503) 583-0930

    Family owned and operated, great competitive prices, free pick-up and delivery 7 days a week in NW Oregon and surrounding areas, free massage, free spa treatment and bath, and so much more. Your dog will be pampered while they stay with us. Indoor individual kennels in our home at night, acres to run on and a creek to swim in during the day, and a certified animal behavior trainer that runs it all. It is what many of our clients are calling "Doggie Heaven".

    Check out our website for more information or to make a reservation, or call Brianna and have a lovely chat at the number above.

    Region: Polk County, Oregon
    Categories: Kennels / Boarding, Trainers, Obedience Classes

    Camelot German Shepherds

    Chattanooga, TN
    (423) 595-8317

    Region: Hamilton County, Tennessee
    Categories: Belgian Malinois Breeders, German Shepherd Dog Breeders, Obedience Classes

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    Camp Bow Wow - Temecula

    42192 Sarah Way
    Temecula, CA 92590
    (951) 506-0161

    Temecula's premier doggy daycare and overnight boarding facility where the dogs socialize and play all day long. Watch your dog play on the web cameras.

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

    Canine Obedience Unlimited

    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

    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

    Captain's Quarters, The

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

    Region: Crow Wing County, Minnesota
    Categories: Kennels / Boarding, Obedience Classes, Hunting Dog Trainers

    Cirius Kennels

    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

    Coastal Canine Dog Sports LLC

    811-A 8th Ave South
    Surfside Beach, SC 29575
    (843) 450-1772

    Indoor, climate controlled facility in the Grand Strand area. Top notch quality instruction which focuses on rewards based motivational training methods designed to be fun for both dog and handler. Classes and private lessons available. Puppy Kindergarten, Canine Good Citizen, basic obedience, canine good manners, Rally, competitive obedience, fun agility, breed handling, training supplies, and more. Lead instructor is an American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club judge. Quality instruction.

    Registries: AKC - American Kennel Club, UKC - United Kennel Club, ASCA - Australian Shepherd Club of America
    Region: Horry County, South Carolina
    Categories: Trainers, Obedience Classes, Judges

    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

    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

    Dietrich & Company Optimum Obedience

    7315 294th St NE
    Arlington, WA 98223

    15 years instructing experience. Great training for you, your puppy or dog!

    Families welcome. Individualized and customized training. Free consultations!

    Stop making excuses and let your dog become the best partner for you! Private, semi-private and group lessons. In-home training available. Specializing in problem solving including aggression. Children handlers are welcome. Fun, energetic and active learning format.

    Region: Skagit County, Washington
    Categories: Trainers, Obedience Classes

    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 Paws Daycare & Boarding

    165 Broad Street
    Hudson, MA 01749
    (978) 212-2344
    (978) 562-2426

    Region: Middlesex County, Massachusetts
    Categories: Kennels / Boarding, Obedience Classes

    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

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