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by Cynthia Stan (write under Cyn) (subscribe)
Currently enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of Melbourne. My day job is admin extraordinaire, copy and content writer while studying psychology and dreaming of a job in PR. Currently broadening my horizons with Weekend Notes.
Published June 29th 2011
Obedience training is a crucial part of any dog's upbringing, whether he's a dainty Pomeranian or a big, energetic Labrador. Training doesn't mean teaching your dog tricks like fetching the paper or playing dead (though those can be fun), but teaching your dog the basic commands necessary to help him grow up into a well-behaved and much-loved member of the family.
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Training is essential for any dog.

There are so many benefits to having a dog that will do what he is told. From coming when called and walking nicely on a lead to learning how to interact with other dogs and not bark incessantly, there's plenty of persuasive reasons to start teaching your dog.

Training will make him a much more sociable member of the family, which is especially important considering how many dogs are abandoned at animal shelters each year because of behaviour problems. But not only that, every well-behaved dog helps create a positive image with the general public - something any dog lover will agree is very important.
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Training provides mental stimulation for your dog.

Basic obedience training will teach your dog important behaviours such as:
* Housetraining
* Sit, stay etc
* Walking calmly on a leash
* Coming when called

From these essentials you can move on to teaching more complex behaviours and commands. As well as being practical and fun, training will give your dog mental stimulation to keep his brain sharp. Spending a little time each day training is a great way to spend some quality time with your pooch, and it'll help strengthen the bond you have with your pet.

There's no shortage of dog training businesses across Sydney offering to solve all your dog's behaviour problems, so if you opt for professional help, make sure you choose a respected trainer who uses methods you are comfortable with. Find out how many years of experience a trainer has, what their area of expertise is and whether they have any accreditation.
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Help your dog turn into a much-loved and well-behaved family member.

It's also a good idea to ask to tag along to a class to watch the trainer in action. Well-known training operators include DogTech International, Hanrob and BarkBusters.

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia is a forum for trainers who use dog-friendly training methods. To find an APDT trainer in your area, search their directory.

With some time and commitment on your part, your dog will go from a mischievious pup into a well-behaved family member.
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