By Gemma Earnshaw
They are man’s best friend, but what can you do when you have
dog, you love it, but it just won’t stop chewing on your best
shoes, or polishing its nails on your precious sofa?
We train them to become, not only more sociable, but also a
reliable company. This can be done by taking your dog to a
professional dog-trainer, or simply at home, following
instructions from books. Since the first option requires time
to take the dog to a trainer, to go check on it, and take it
back home, most people choose to house-train their pets.
However, the second option has many disadvantages, since you
are not a professional, and you do not have experience. Many
even think, that after the dog/cat learned where “to go out”,
the training is over. You could not be more wrong.
There is a third way, a new one, but as efficient as taking
your dog to a trainer, but less time consuming. On-line
training. Don’t think of putting your dog in front of a PC and
let it learn from there. Through on-line training I mean
visiting sites specialising on dog training. The following few
paragraphs will be a guide to a few of these sites.
Gwen Bohnenkamp owns this site. She has been working with pets
since1985 and also, she instructed the first course in Animal
Behavior. The site itself is easy to navigate, easy to read,
but most important it contains valuable information on
your pets, may they be cats, dogs or even guinea pigs. In
addition, you can find tips on how to get closer to your
companion, and how to become a certified dog-trainer. The
subjects are well categorized and easy to get. If you want,
may purchase online books written by Gwen, herself.
The renowned dog trainer, Adam Katz, publishes this site. It
covers almost all aspects of dog training, you can buy Katz’s
book, which apparently, is the best-sold book of its type on
the internet, and join a forum where the topic is no other
This is the easiest to use site I could find about dog
training. The “mastermind” behind this site is Daniel Stevens,
a dog trainer, who wrote the book “SitStayFetch!” On this site
you can find testimonials of people who have used his book and
the way it helped them.
However, you may choose to train your dog, bear in mind one
thing: an untrained dog can be more of a nuisance than a
friend. So, please, help your dog help you.
About The Author: Gemma Earnshaw is editor of
www.pawprintdogtraining.com which provides information
and resources on dog obedience training.