Obedience Training for Boston Terriers
Having a Boston Terrier can bring joy to a family, however some owners have found their dogs having behavioral problems which are often hard to completely eliminate. Aggression, excessive barking, peeing on the carpet, and even destroying furniture and things are often the most common unacceptable behaviors which can be exhibited by dogs.
By nature, dogs live in packs where member of the pack has a defined role to play. Showing your dog that you are the “leader of the pack” will eliminate the development of certain behavioral characteristics. If you are unable to exert your authority and leadership over your dog, your dog will take it upon himself to take on the role of the “alpha dog”. As the self-proclaimed leader of the pack, he will assume that he can get away with anything and pay no attention to your orders.
It is for this reason that you should embed on your Boston Terrier’s mind that you are his leader, that you are the “alpha dog” of the pack. Unless your dog will fully realize that you are indeed the leader, training him will be a futile exercise. Obedience training can only be effective if your pet knows his niche in the pack.
In order to get the best results in dog training, your dog needs to be handled with extra-care and compassion. Dogs are extremely sensitive to the way you carry out the session, the rise, fall, and tone of your voice, the way you react, and your overall body language will dictate how your dog will deal with your commands. Remember that the ultimate purpose of training your dog is to create an environment where you, your dog, and other members of the pack can co-exist together in a harmonious relationship.
If you want to be effective in communicating with your dog, you need to first understand the unique nature of your dog and how you can use it to teach your dog good behavior. Be prepared to summon all your patience, determination and perseverance when you train your dog. Don’t be easily irritated. Teach him one command at a time. Remember, your dog needs time to absorb it all.
Punishment is an integral part of the training procedure. You need to punish your dog for improper behavior as soon as he does it so he will know that it is undesirable. Punishing him will also prevent him from misbehaving in the future. Never do the punishing when a few hours have elapsed already because your dog will find it hard to understand why you are punishing him and will take it as a hostile or negative reaction from you which can make him fear you.
You should not create fear and distrust in your dog. Instead you should try to develop your relationship based on trust and love. If your dog is afraid of you, your training sessions will be in vain. By nature, dogs are born to be man’s companion, thus they can easily be trained and disciplined.