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Dear Bailey,

How do I train my dog?

That is a great question. Training is a cornerstone of a great relationship and life with your dog. Basic obedience training is essential for all dogs. Your dog needs to know the rules of the house in order to become part of your family and to bond with you, its master.

When you train your dog, he learns to listen to spoken commands. These commands tell your dog what to do.
It’s important to start training your dog early. Training a puppy is usually easier than training an adult dog because a puppy is open to new ideas and has not learned bad habits.

It is necessary to teach your dog the five basic commands. These commands are sit, stand, down, walk at heel on leash, come and stay. When you teach your dog these commands, he can become a polite, well-mannered friend.

Training can:
1. Deepen the bond between you and your dog, and increase the enjoyment, companionship and satisfaction you share with your dog.

2. Provide for the safety of your dog.

3. Develop a canine good citizen for the benefit of your family, neighborhood and community.

Most AKC clubs hold a variety of classes such as beginner puppy classes and advanced training methods. Experienced trainers who love dogs and training teach the classes. Most clubs accept mixed-breed and purebred dogs.

Other groups, such as a local 4-H club (call your county Extension office for more information), may offer obedience classes as well.

A well-trained dog is a happy dog. Take the time to properly train your dog. Reward yourself by earning your dog’s AKC Canine Good Citizen® certification. The benefits will last a lifetime.

If you have an adult dog with behavior issues, such as shyness or aggression, it’s best to contact your local dog training club for assistance. Your local club may offer special training classes to assist you and your dog.

The American Kennel Club posts a geographical listing of kennel clubs on its Web site. This list is free and can be downloaded. Ask your parents for help. This feature is listed under the “Clubs” drop down menu.
For more information about obedience training visit the AKC Web site at www.akc.org.

Good luck!


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