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Added on Oct 13, 2010 From Howcast

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Dogs can be man's best friend, but a poorly behaved dog can be a nuisance, and even a danger. Learn the proper techniques to train a dog.

Step 1: Be the leader
Establish yourself as the leader of the pack. This can be as simple as walking your dog on a leash. Dogs have a pack mentality and once your leadership is clear, you will have an easier time getting the responses you want.

Step 2: Don't be too strict
Avoid being too strict too early in your training, which can have a negative effect on your dog. Observe your dog and learn about its behavior to better communicate with it.

Step 3: Reward good behavior
Reward your dog's good behavior. When it obeys a command, such as "come," "sit, " "fetch," "stay," or "stop barking," praise your dog verbally, pet it, or give it a treat.

Step 4: Ignore bad behavior
Ignore bad behavior. Don't make the mistake of petting your dog if it jumps on you when you walk in the door. Instead, simply ignore it. This will break an association with barking or jumping and getting attention.

Yelling may be interpreted as good attention by a dog. Many dogs interpret any attention as good attention.

Step 5: Develop a routine
Maintain a training routine. It could be five or 10 minutes at a time, several times a week. Keeping a routine will help your dog develop good habits.

Step 6: Never ignore aggression
Never ignore signs of aggression in your dog. If it is prone to bite, growl, or curl its lip, the aggressive behavior must be addressed right away. Give a firm "NO" when the behavior is exhibited in a puppy. It's never too early to start training your dog.

Did You Know?
The world's first dog show was held in 1859 in Great Britain.

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Joaquin Reyes Says:

Sep 1, 2013 - Thanks,I really need this tutorial because I had a dog before and it ran away,now my mom is gonna give me a new dog and this tutorial really helped me out.

Mizz Bella Kitty Says:

Mar 21, 2013 - my dog is crazy nuts.It makes sence because she is part pit and part chiwawa

kenbear2725 Says:

Mar 2, 2012 - my puppy still bites >:(

sherry george Says:

Jul 5, 2011 - thumbs up if u r wondering why u watched this in the first place!

myhawki Says:

Oct 14, 2010 - why do they call him IT!

Christian Roberto Says:

Oct 14, 2010 - 14h wtf

luedriver Says:

Oct 14, 2010 - @mrmjordan fugly?!? I thought it was cute, a little scruffy, but still a cute puppy...

Black Rose Says:

Oct 13, 2010 - Fugly dog...good video

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Oct 13, 2010 - 9th yes im in the top 10

Mara's Musings Says:

Oct 13, 2010 - 8th because these are so stupid I have ran out of things to say...