Kimbertal Kennels

Who is teaching whom?

September 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

Obedience training for your pets by SAM HYER “In many ways, dogs are like children,” says Bob Yamall Jr. of Kimbertal Kennels, Kimberton, PA., a nationally respected judge, breeder and trainer. They are curious and lively—dogs will spend much time trying different activities and exploring new behaviors. But only by consistent, firm obedience training will they learn the subtle nuances of civilized behavior in a human household—namely your household. Yamall specializes in breeding and training Dobermans and Rottweilers. He says that once your dog realizes that you are his sole source of food, walks and amusement, he’ll try a variety of ways to attract your attention so he gets what he wants. Let’s say that constant barking, whining or jumping on others gets the desired result; your dog will continue to do it until you teach him otherwise. This is where obedience training comes into play. The time to begin training your puppy comes when you first bring him home. The most important command is “come when called.” It is the first thing you need to teach your puppy—his name and to answer to it. This is easy to do. Just call the pup by name each and every time you address him, and praise him lavishly when he comes to you. Talk to him, using his name and the same words over and over, and soon he will know what you mean and desire. For example when you put him in his crate say, “Crate, Benny.” When it is dinnertime say, “Dinner, Benny,” and time to potty, “Potty, Benny.” Short and simple will assist your pet in knowing what you desire, and his desire is to please you. So make it easy for him to do so, and reward him for doing it, so it is his desire to repeat the loving moments between the two of you. By keeping the phrases simple and repetitious, it will not take long for a young pup to figure out that “dinner” means food, “car ride” is a trip, “out” and pup will head for the door, or “crate” and pup will go to his room. You also need to teach your pet to behave when the doorbell rings and when you and other family members arrive home. […]