There are three main categories of dog training:
- Obedience - Teaching fundamental rules and manners
- Behavior Modification - Solving mild to severe behavior problems
- Agility - Having fun, entering competitions, entertaining friends and family
Similar to school for children, obedience training teaches your dog or puppy the basics for a safe and happy life. In obedience classes or training programs, your dog learns commands such as "Sit", "Come Here" and "Stay". Through the training process, your dog also learns patience, respect and problem solving skills - all important aspects of a well-behaved dog.
Similar to therapy for people, behavior modification addresses problem behaviors such as aggression, anxiety and fear. Symptoms of these conditions include growling, snapping or biting, going potty in the house (after potty training was long ago completed), non-stop barking, chewing excessively and blatant disobedience. A behaviorist can assess the symptoms and your environment to come up with a diagnosis and a program to fix most, if not all, unwanted behaviors.
Agility, Tricks and Games
Similar to extracurricular or intramural sports, agility training is a fun and productive way to work with your dog on a regular basis. Agility Trials are what you see on TV - tunnels, hoops, weave poles and more. This is a popular sport and you are likely to have competitions in every major city across the country. Outside of Agility Training but along the same lines, you can teach your dog (even old ones!) new tricks like, "Bring Me a Beer" and games like Soccer and Hide-N-Seek.
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