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Many people have the misconception that obedience training is basic and two-dimensional. Believing that the same techniques and practices work for every pet. They assume that it should be easy for their beloved pet to recognize their name or sit after instructed to do so. But the truth of the matter is that pets are not born speaking their owner’s language, they have to be taught in a language they are able to understand. Here are a few training techniques for you and your furry friend!


Dogs instinctively have a pack mentality that relies on a relationship of submission and dominance between its members. Theory suggests that dogs see their family as their pack and follow a hierarchy very similar to wolves. Sometimes dogs see themselves as the alpha which can lead to problems. They need to learn to see their humans as the alpha and not only respect but submit. Projecting confidence and authority is key to this technique. Going first when it comes to eating, entering or leaving rooms, or walking on a leash. One example of everyday dominance training is if your dog wants to go outside, then they have to sit before the door opens. 

Positive Reinforcement

This training technique starts with rewarding the desired behavior immediately. You are teaching the dog to associate the behavior with a reward. This gives the dog a point of reference for good behavior. Commands also need to be short and direct. Some examples of appropriate commands would be to sit, stay, and/or come. That being said, bad behavior should not be rewarded or acknowledged. Some trainers combine this method with clicker training.

Clicker Training

This is a great technique for learning new tricks, and it can help shape the basics into more complicated tasks. While it is great for learning new things, clicker training isn’t well-suited for stopping unwanted behaviors. Additionally, clicker training is sometimes paired with positive reinforcement training. 

Electronic Training

Electronic training is a method that relies on the use of an electric collar that delivers a shock when a pet is not performing to the standard that you wish it to. It’s generally used for training at a distance when a leash is not being used. For instance, using shock collars can help you train your dog to stay within the boundaries of your yard. Professional trainers may see results from this type of training, but it is not recommended for the average pet owner. This type of training can lead to stress and anxiety, so please consult a professional or research other alternatives in order to avoid unnecessary psychological and physical pain for your pet. 

Mirror Training

Mirror training relies on using yourself as a model, then offering rewards for mimicking good behavior. It uses the dog’s natural instincts to operate socially instead of working against them. To put it simply, your dog will learn by example.

This method of training is similar to positive reinforcement. The stronger bond between you and your beloved canine this technique will be much more comfortable, and more fun than sticking to regular training sessions.

Our team of knowledgeable and compassionate veterinarians will educate you about the condition of your pet, as well as explain our recommendations to improve their health, comfort, and behavior. Feel free to contact us about our behavioral consultations and training recommendations at (843) 795-7574. 

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