Obedience training is one of the most important things you can do with a new puppy regardless of breed, but it’s especially important with the Golden Retriever. What is this person talking about you might be thinking? Golden’s are so nice and well-behaved… They are so well behaved because of the training they went through as a puppy, trust me, they don’t all start out being so well-mannered and behaved as you might think.
How Can Golden Retriever Obedience Training Help?
Golden Retriever obedience training will help your new best friend to learn how to behave appropriately in a range of situations, and to listen and obey to your instructions – both of which are essential for your puppy to learn to do at an early age.
As in any relationship, there are two halves – your dog, and You. Your Golden will not be the only one learning through this training, as a pet owner you will need to learn some skills as well, including the proper way to give commands – you are the Alpha dog in this relationship, and your dog needs to recognize that without doubt.
Golden Retriever obedience training is intended to establish you as the Alpha in the relationship, this is the most important element in any training program. If your dog doesn’t recognize you as Alpha you will find it very difficult getting her to follow any commands at all.
You’ll also learn the proper way to show disapproval when your retriever doesn’t listen to your commands, how to recognize problems early in their development so that you can respond immediately and prevent them developing into real behavior problems.
Golden Retriever Obedience Training will also help you learn how to correctly exercise your dog. What does this have to do with obedience you might ask? A lot of behavior issues stem from an over active breed of dog not getting enough exercise and stimulation, so a well exercised dog is less likely to develop other issues.
Finally, you will need to be consistent in your training efforts. Allocate time each and every day to work on obedience training with your Golden Retriever. This is a very smart breed and she will soon pick up on your lessons, but it will still take time for those lessons to develop into habits for her.
Daily schedules will also help any others who live in, or visit your home often, such as family and friends, become familiar with your dog and to not contradict your efforts, and wreck your Golden Retriever obedience training efforts.