By Saro Boghozian, Expert Family Dog Trainer

Whether you are thinking of starting a form of training with your dog or have already started, you need to understand that the hard work is just starting.

If you have a dog, you have to start training your dog. Obedience training is a good start. This will help you to build a relationship that will advance you towards having a balanced dog. Training is a tool that opens up a communication system between you and your dog as well.

First, I suggest starting finding out what kind of training system is more ideal for you. There are many training systems out there, from treat and clicker training to dominant training. My training system is focused on dogs and humans intelligence where I teach dog owners to teach their dogs’ commands and communication without treats, foods, clickers, shock collars, physical force or domination.

Second, attend the course and learn all that you can. The trainers can only give you the ideas and the tools but you are the one who needs to carry on the given information.  It has to make sense to you and you need to be able to follow-through. Otherwise you will waste time and effort on top of stressing you and your dog.

Third, continue on practicing and training with your dog using all the information you have gathered throughout the course. You may need to practice and repeat the commands and the exercises on daily basis for few months. That is the reality of it. You need to be consistent and invest time and effort for few months until you see results.

Having a good, balanced, trained dog does not happen automatically and without any hard work. Training and continue training gets you to the goal sooner and in a healthier way.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://www.jonahsark.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/saro-boghozian.jpg[/author_image] [author_info] Saro received his expert dog trainer certification from The College of Canine Behavioural Science and is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and does volunteer behaviour consultation with a number of dog rescue organizations. Saro’s play, praise and reward training classes are always in high demand as are his private one-on-one training sessions. Rather than using treats or gimmicks like shock collars, Saro’s training methods help owners understand how to use a dog’s natural intelligence to achieve success. [/author_info] [/author]