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Dog Obedience Training And Breed Choice-Keys To Success

What do you mean to teach that dog to mind? That mutt is about as smart as a fence post. You can teach him nothing.  Hold up just a minute. Let’s think about this statement for a moment. In my experience, it is not always just the mutt that needs the training.

We as canine owners, need to learn a little about how a dog thinks, what motivates them, or why they react the way they do in certain situations. When we begin to understand the canine ways, we can begin to train the dogs. My family and I have raised about every furry animal that Texas has to offer.

We have bred and raised Dobermans, Chow Chows, German and Australian shepherds, Chow/Shepard mix, Brittney’s, Cockapoos, Peekapoos, Schnauzers, and now a Chilky and a Chihuahua.  For a house pet, the Schnauzers were the easiest to train but a bit high maintenance, in my humble opinion.

For a part-time in and part time outside the home, my choice breed was the Doberman. But that is just my opinion. The choice of the breed that you bring home needs to be researched thoroughly before you actually purchase or adopt it. Just because your best bud has free pit puppies does not mean that breed is what you need to bring home for a lap or house dog.

Not saying that you could not train the dog to be a house pet. You have to realize that he will do what puppies do in the house until they are trained. Need I go in-depth about this issue?  OK, then here is your first tip, be forewarned. Puppies don’t know that the carpet is not grass, your favorite Sunday go-to-meeting shoes are not chewed toys, or that the couch is not their bed.

After all, you sit, lay and sleep on it, right? If you don’t sleep on it right now, you bring a puppy home for a week without your wife’s consent, and you will be. No, I am not trying to say that you and your family shouldn’t get a dog.

I am trying to make that you need to decide what you want the dog for. Then you research what type fits your profile. For example, you would not want to get a Doberman to work livestock or get a Peekapoo for a watchdog. There is a wealth of information in books and on the internet to help you find exactly what type of canine you need. Let’s look at some examples of a few different breeds there are to choose from.


Due to some unscrupulous breeders and unmindful owners, a few breeds within the terrier group have developed a rather notorious reputation of being dangerous. To find out a little  more about the canine kinds, here are some traits  to consider in selecting what mutt to adopt:

Herding dog breeds. This group has a variety of both behavioral and physical attributes that need to be discussed. These animals are very hyper, possessive, and territorial. They are very intelligent and easy to train. They tend to take to one owner. The American Kennel Club created this dog group to honor one of the oldest dog professions: herding livestock.

The hound breeds have a history of hunting assistance which is often the only regular bond or common bond. Some of the oldest breeds of domestic dogs are the speedy sighthounds. A retired racer should be tested with small children and other pets. 

Some of these dogs have a habit of chasing smaller pets as they have chased mechanical rabbits in their earlier career. Hired hunters and law enforcement usually use the slow prodding bloodhound to track convicts or missing persons.

Be careful to find long-time reputable breeders when trying to acquire this breed. Made up of livestock and property guardians, police dogs, sled dogs, and rescue dogs, these workers come in all shapes and sizes, from the standard Schnauzer to the Great Dane. But without the right training and socialization and in irresponsible hands, these can be dangerous dogs.

Sporting dogs, however, are alert, active, intelligent and have historically been used by hunters to locate, flush or retrieve game from land or water. Some were even bred to finish the job of taking the game themselves. Normally these canines are the mildest tempered of the canine family.

They seem to be more social than the other breeds. In the small animal, the group is the companion breeds like the pampered poodles. A surprisingly still popular and active companion today. It once was a skilled truffle hunter. In more modern times, the poodle’s intelligence and trainability saw it employed in show business, commonly in circuses.  This is just a quick overview of the few available breeds to pick from.


Another thing to consider is the make-up of the canine. For instance, take into account the coat, the size, and the body parts of the canine. First, let us look at the most noticeable dog feature, the hair, fur, or coat. The fur can be puffed or stood straight up to release the heat from their body in the summer season.

Or just the opposite, the hair is held close to the body to hold the heat in, in cold, wet weather and to help shed water. A point to make here is that you should consider a short-haired dog if you live in the south and a longer-haired one for the north. You want the canines to be comfortable in their environment, so choose accordingly.

Keep in mind the longer the hair, the more hair shedding. Their shedding is usually what gives them that rough, wild matted-up look. This is probably one of the main reasons for the Poodles and Schnauzers’ popularity as house pets.

It is no wonder why they are considered the perfect house companions; they don’t shed hair all over the furniture and your clothing. The ears, dogs have the unique ears of the animal kingdom. They sport anything from small pointed to long floppy hanging ears. And no, they are not the handles for your children to hold on to while playing like they are the next PBR champion.

Many canids, both wild and domestic, can scan their environment for sounds using one ear at a time, like independent radars. The tongue and size of the mouth are something to consider if you choose an inside or outside pet.  Dogs use their large, spongy tongues like ladles to lap up water. Special taste receptors on their tongues are believed to allow canids to recognize chemical composition variances such as salt and impurities in different water sources.

The bigger the tongue and the bigger the mouth, the bigger the drool. It would help if you took it from an expert. When a Bull Mastiff or Saint Bernard starts slinging slobber, it is not a pretty sight to behold. Anything within twenty feet gets a good thick coating of drool. The tail sounds and seems like a harmless appendage. After all, it is just used as a rudder for balance when a dog runs and turns corners.

It is said that a dog with a tail is more apt to outrun and out corner a dog without a tail because of the balancing attributes of the tail. But inside a home, the tail of a happy hound becomes a weapon of mass destruction. Any trinkets, coffee cups, soda glasses, or decorations should be put up above striking distance of the tail.

That means keep them off the coffee table, end tables, and dining trays. Oh, and one more thing to keep out of the furry wagging weapons reach is your knee-high children. A tail upside the head of an unsuspecting child can make for a sudden outburst of crying, screaming, and demand for mom’s and dad’s attention until they have milked all the sympathy they can.

These are just a few important points that I wanted to share so that you would understand why I suggested that you do your homework before you choose a pet. The animal shelters are full and overflowing with unwanted animals.

The reason for most of this issue is because people don’t take the time to research before they pick out the perfect match of “man’s best friend” and for the best friend’s man. Another thing to keep in mind when selecting a canine is that ninety-nine percent of all puppies are cuddly and cute as a button when they are an 8 to 10-inch ball of fur. They grow up!!!


Now that you have made the perfect choice in canine companionship, let us talk a little bit about why you are reading this article, to begin with. You don’t talk dog, and canine doesn’t talk to people. To coin a phrase, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

That dog does not listen to anything I tell it. It has a mind of its own. You are right about one thing the dog does have a mind of its own. So what we have to do here is get inside his/her mind and persuade it to accept that you are the boss.

That sounds a little tricky. It is not as difficult as it sounds. You don’t have to bite the dog on the ear until it submits, and you don’t have to be an expert to train the mutt. You also don’t need to have past knowledge of dog training, with a little bit of patience and a willingness to learn. You can have the canine of your dreams. You will be the envy of your peers and might even surprise yourself to see how you and your newfound buddy are mutually consenting to your commands.

You can actually see your dog wait next to the door when he/she needs to go out to use the bathroom. I have found a training program that is getting awesome results and very easy to learn even if you are a novice. This program works with any dog breed.

You will learn the whys and hows of the following situations: Barking All The Time – Halt this annoying habit and preserve the silence. Is the dog Digging In Your Yard – Learn the easiest and most effective way to stop your dog from destroying your yard. Jumping Up On People -Learn the fastest way to teach your dog to stop jumping on everyone they see.

Escaping – Does your dog always seem to find a way to escape or run away from his pen or house? Learn how to stop this frustrating and dangerous habit. Constantly Whining – Does your dog whine for food or whenever he/she is put up? Finally, be able to stop this Going to the Bathroom Inside – Finally, be able to teach your dog to stop this nasty habit.

Take a little bit of time to check out the link at the end of this article if you want to. Take it from me, and this program is invaluable. It has a wealth of information and training techniques that get positive results in shorter periods of time than any of the other programs that I have found.  So if you are serious, let’s get to teaching and bonding with your new best friend and companion.

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