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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dog Training Basics

Disclosure: Grandma Bonnie's Closet has not been compensated for the following product review. I received a product sample for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Ever since our dog Scooby joined our family I have been thinking about getting him some training. He has learned a few undesired behaviors that we would like to correct. With Scooby being on the older side of life it may not be as easy to train him as it was for us to train King Arthur.
That's where this book "Dog Training Basics" came in very handy. I was very excited to be able to review a book that would help me decide what kind of training Scooby needs. I know Scooby has a very different [personality than King Arthur has. Scooby is very much set in his ways.
The book "Dog Training Basics" describes the differences in each style of dog training. A few of the types mentioned are Positive Reinforcement, Classical Conditioning, Non-associative learning. and so forth.
Then it goes on to explain how to choose the right training method. I have reviewed all the options available and decided that Scooby would best fit in with the motivational or positive training method. It may take a little longer to train our Scooby but I believe it will be well worth the effort.
After choosing a training method it explains some basic training concepts, like managing undesired behaviors, using rewards and ignoring certain behaviors.  I am assuming we will be needing lots of rewards to start off with. I can envision Scooby cooperating at least a little if he knows he will be getting a reward.
My favorite part of this book would have to be the section on Basic Obedience Commands for dogs.  This is the perfect place to start training Scooby. If he can learn to follow a few basic commands life will get a little easier for all of us. After this section the next is a section on House Essentials For Your Dog. This area is important for teaching indoor manners to a dog. The manner I am most interested in is not bothering people when they are eating. I believe Scooby was taught that its ok to beg while people are sitting at the dinner table eating. I really dislike this behavior most of all. It is very annoying to everyone at the table.

So there you have it. A quick summary of what you can expect to find in this very helpful book on "Dog Training Basics." If you have a dog that needs training you can find "Dog Training Basics" on Amazon to purchase.

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  1. We were lucky. We adopted our current dog from a shelter and he already has been trained by his previous owners. He has the best manners of any dog we've had.

  2. The way we go, go go here.. I don't have time for an animal. It sounds like that book is chock full of good information to help things go smoothly with Scooby.

  3. Good luck with training Scooby. I'll look into this book since we will hopefully be getting a dog in the next year.