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Obedience Lessons
Getting Started
Lie Down
Walk on a Leash
Better Go Now
Leave It
Watch Me
Be Gentle
Move, Please
Boy training his dog to stay.
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Getting Started with
Obedience Training



Rusty's Ridiculous Riddles!

How do you know if you have a slow dog?

He brings you yesterday's paper.

 Despite Rusty's riddle, most dogs are not "slow." They can learn to follow directions, perform tricks, and work at jobs, just like people. Unfortunately, they do not learn these things alone. They need your help, guidance, and patience to be successful.
Labrador carrying newspaper.


Boy training dog.

Why train my dog?

Training your dog helps you to bond (become closer) with your dog. The more you train him, the more he will understand you. And the more you work and play with your dog, the more you will understand him. Always remember to make training a fun and interesting game for your dog.

In the past, dogs were bred to perform specific jobs like herd sheep,
find rodents, hunt birds and mammals, and work with firemen.

But now, many dogs are left with nothing to do all day long. They can become bored and lonely. When that happens, they might chew, dig, or bark too much. Or they might sleep all day, which isn't healthy.

Training your dog gives him something to do and helps build his confidence.

Sad, lonely Labrador Retriever.


Good citizens get to do lots of fun things.

What's the best reason to train my dog?

A 'good citizen' is a person or a dog who follows the rules and is a good member of the community. Good citizens get to go more places and do more things.

People will like your dog more if he is well-behaved. Dogs can become good citizens through obedience training.

To learn what it takes for a dog to be a 'Canine Good Citizen' click on the Red Ball .

Obedience training is also fun. Yes, fun! You get to take your dog out in public and meet other dogs and new friends. You both get some exercise and you can learn tricks that are fun to show to your friends. When friends come over, they will be happy to hang out with your dog.


Who Trains Your Dog?

Many people can train your dog. A professional dog trainer can come to your house or take your dog for a couple of weeks.

Your parents can train your dog. They can take your dog to a class at a park, a pet store, or a humane society every week and learn good methods of dog training. Or they can train your dog at home using books and websites.

Can you train your dog? Absolutely! There are many things you can teach your dog. You can learn to teach your dog manners, good behavior, and fun tricks.


Where should I train my dog?

The best place to train your dog is where he can pay attention to you without distractions. If he's watching other dogs, he won't be able to pay attention to you. If there are other people calling his name, he will have a hard time hearing you.

Boy with hat rewarding his dog with a treat.


Border Collie being trained to do the wave trick.

How often should I train my dog?

Your first goal is to keep your dog happy while he's learning. Teach him for shorts periods of time. For some, that's thirty minutes and others, only ten minutes. Stop the training while he is still interested. You can teach his lesson again, later in the day.

Your second goal is to work with your dog while you're feeling good. If you start to feel frustrated or tired, stop and play with your dog.



Wolves and dogs are alike.Why should I understand 'Pack Behavior'?

Like humans, dogs have families. For dogs, these families are called packs. In a pack there is always one leader and several followers. The leader is the dog who makes the rules and watches out for others in the pack. When a dog lives in your house, your family becomes his family, or 'pack'.

It is important that you let your dog know who the leader is. If he doesn't know, he will try to become the leader. It's an instinct (he's born with it) to try to be a leader. When this happens, a dog may be pushy and not follow the rules. By teaching the dog obedience and giving him things to do, he will realize that a human is the leader and he will follow, instead of lead.


Dogs should behave around other dogs.

It's time to start your obedience classes! The first word you need to learn is:


If you are patient, your dog will be happy to learn all kinds of things. Patient means that you are able to wait calmly for things to happen. Patient people can wait for their dog to learn without becoming mad or nervous. Patient people don't lose their temper when things don't happen the way they want them to. Be patient and your dog will learn.


 Dog training classes are not really for your dog.

When you take your dog to a training class, the lessons are for you. This is a time for you to learn:

Girl training a Golden Retriever.
Boy training dog to stay.

1. what commands to use
2. how to teach these commands to your dog
3. how to praise your dog

It is your opportunity to see an expert in action and ask any questions you might have. After learning how to teach your dog, then you can go home and practice, practice, practice!


animated dog

Follow the links to basic training lessons!

A A designates QuickTime video clip included.

Lie Down movie available
New! video camera
Walk on a Leash
Better Go Now
New! Off movie available
New! Leave it movie available
Watch Me
Be Gentle
Move, Please
Ask your parents if you need to download your free QuickTime player to see the videos.  



Here are our favorite training books and videos written for kids:



For the little ones:


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Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts



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Walk on a Leash
Better Go Now
Leave It
Watch Me
Be Gentle
Move, Please

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