Obedience training is one of the best things you can do for your dog or puppy and yourself. Training opens up a line of communication between you and your dog. Effective communication is necessary to instruct your dog about what you want him to do. 

Dogs are social animals and without proper training, they will behave like animals. They will soil your house, destroy your belongings, bark excessively, dig holes in your yard, fight other dogs and even bite you. Nearly all behavior problems are perfectly normal canine activities that occur at the wrong time or place or are directed at the wrong thing. The key to preventing or treating behavior problems is learning to teach the dog to redirect his natural behavior to outlets that are acceptable in the domestic setting.

Obedience training is also an easy way to establish the social hierarchy When your dog obeys a simple request of 'come here, sit,' he is showing compliance and respect for you It is NOT necessary to establish yourself as top dog or leader of the pack by using extreme measures such as the so-called alpha roll-over. You CAN teach your dog him subordinate role by teaching him to show submission to you in a paw raise (shake hands), roll over or hand lick (give a kiss). Most dogs love performing these tricks (obedience commands) for you which also pleasantly acknowledge that you are in charge.

Obedience training should be fun and rewarding for you and your dog. It can enrich your relationship and make living together more enjoyable. A well-trained dog is more confident and can more safely be allowed a greater amount of freedom than an untrained one. A trained dog will come when called.

Maintain Pack Leadership:

To properly socialize or train a puppy, you must first and foremost become "THE PACK LEADER"

It Takes A Pack to Raise a Puppy

Who's in Charge Here? A lesson in becoming Alpha.

Within the pack, the top dog or "alpha" gets the best of everything.

Leadership Basics

How Dogs Think.

Pack Leadership

How to find a good Trainer