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Natural Dog Obedience Training

Is your dog out-of-control? Or just not always in-control? K9 Basics dog training in Marlton NJ has got you covered. We offer unlimited training in a group with our staff, as well as our board and train programs.

Passionate. Devoted. These are words that describe K9 Basics owners Brian and Lisa Berg to a “T.” Their goal is to help dogs and owners have the best life possible together through proper training.

Canine Behavior: So Much More Than Just “Sit” and “Stay”

Whether you realize it or not, proper obedience training involves so much more than teaching the animal training commands like “Sit” and “Stay.” The real world brings a myriad of distractions including other animals, familiar or unfamiliar humans, tempting objects or aromas, and noises. An obedience trained dog must be able to behave, regardless of the distractions around it.

Why Keeping Your Dog’s Attention Is Crucial

When a dog is in “excitement mode” it cannot learn. At K9 Basics, we believe that keeping the dog’s attention is key. Once the dog trainer can get and keep the focus, only then can real training begin. That’s when we can tap into the dog’s intelligence. Dogs want to learn.

They want to please their owners. This helps reduce conflicts between you and your dog and gives the animal clarity and clear direction.

Our goals in training your dog are to have it be able to perform:

  • for a longer duration of time,
  • with distractions,
  • off leash.

Imagine the relationship you could have with your trained dog when you don’t have to worry about behavioral issues!

Getting Your Control Back: Obedience Training

Proper obedience training doesn’t mean changing the dog’s personality, energy or drive. It does mean getting control of the dog. Dogs are both social creatures and pack animals. As such, you need to be the one who is in control, not your dog. When training your canine, we help you mark the proper behavior so that the dog will learn what is expected.

Being a “Good Dog” is a Learned Behavior

When it comes to obedience learning, if your lovable little (or not so little) four-legged canine friend is eager to please, but doesn’t know how, give South Jersey’s leading obedience dog training center a call right now.

Obedience training is essential. If done correctly, you will let your dog know that you are in charge, while at the same time strengthening your bond with him or her. Once you socialize your dog, you can teach him or her to develop good habits and learn different activities by participating in an overall obedience canine training program. We offer a great board and train program that accelerates the process if you want faster results.

Does Breed Matter in Training Dogs?


You should know that no canine breed is impossible to train to be obedient, though there are some breeds there are a bit more difficult than others. In general, the dog breeds that are more intelligent and more easily trained are not likely to be couch potatoes. Just remember that the ability to learn basic training is inherent in all dogs. Most are even capable of learning complicated commands. Before you choose a particular canine for your pet, you must consider the breed’s ability to be trained, exercise requirements and its flexibility. However, with a little bit of patience and creativity, your dog, regardless of its background, should start obeying your commands.

Obedience Training isn’t Punishment

The most important thing that you must remember when training your dog is never to use any negative or punishment-based training methods. You should never be over-strict, and you must try to be understanding with your animal. Do not appear to be too commanding with him or her. Dogs do, after all, have defensive instincts and when you scare them, they can be dangerous. Dogs will always fight back if they feel that they are being attacked.

Motivations for Obedience Training

One of the best methods for instilling obedience in your dog is creating a rewards and consequences system. You must motivate your dog to learn, because, just like humans, they need a reason to perform. When your dog obeys, you can give him or her a treat and smile at him or her to show that you are proud of what he or she is doing. You can also give your dog extra food, his or her favorite toys or play a game of catch with him or her. Training is easier when you understand the psychology behind it.

However, if your dog disappoints you, do not treat him or her in a cruel manner. As it was stated above, dogs do not respond to yelling or hitting. Instead, do not reward him or her, or take his or her favorite toy or bone away. After you do this for a while, your dog will gladly learn to respond to your commands correctly.

Anger Has No Place Training Dogs Obedience

The appropriate way to handle him or her is to execute all commands gently, slowly and appealingly. Try to speak to your animal in the same way that you talk to other humans. Clear and consistent communication is critical when it comes to training your dog. How would you feel if someone was speaking to you in a foreign language that you never heard before, shouting commands at you? Wouldn’t it be difficult to pay attention?

Are We Done Yet with Canine Training?

Once you’ve succeeded in training your dog to behave differently, you need to prove that he can reproduce that action, in any place and under any conditions. Just because your canine displays obedience to your commands in your home or backyard, doesn’t mean he has mastered that behavior.

Practice Makes a Canine Trained

Be sure to practice training in other places, with different levels of distraction. Take your pet to a dog park, to a friend’s house, to a restaurant that allows pets (outside, probably!). Especially if you enrolled your dog in our Board and Train program, you will need to practice your dog’s training in as many different places where you will surely want to take him. Be aware of other animals, smells, and other environmental things that could startle your canine. All of this will teach him self control.

What’s Next?

Your pet has graduated from her Obedience Training program. What happens now?

Remember the reason that you wanted to train her to begin with: so that she would be a more comfortable, compliant member of your family. Now that she can be, it opens up a whole realm of activities that you can do together.

Advanced Obedience Training Activities

Dog Plays Catch

You could consider canine agility training, scent training, dog tricks, or a variety of other advanced specialties to explore. Want your dog to respond to hand signals? If you want to show off your special canine relationship, there are dog obedience competitions you can enter. There are dog sports like flyball and dog frisbee. How about teaching your dog to ride on a skateboard?

Or, you could just enjoy the fruits of your labor and spend time together. Long walks in the park, hiking, running on the beach, and just hanging out with your friends and their fur friends, will be much more enjoyable with an obedient dog.

These activities and more will keep both of you fit, active, and mentally stimulated. When you look at dog training as more than just teaching commands – you are changing their behavior for the benefit of both of you – then you will both surely be rewarded many times over. Their obedience becomes a part of your relationship.

Trained Dogs Need Support

And really, canine training is never “done.” You will need to continue to reinforce their good behaviors. Your dog is smart – but so are people, and even people tend to “use it or lose it” as time goes by. Practicing should be fun for both of you, and can be an excellent way to strengthen the bond between you.

A Well Trained Dog is its Own Reward

Remember, you must teach your dog obedience to show him or her that you are the one who’s in charge. Dogs are social creatures who live in packs when left to their own instincts in the wild, so when you bring your dog into your home, he or she becomes part of your family or your own “pack.” You need to show him or her that you are the leader of that pack, or the “alpha dog.” Using these simple, natural approaches to dog training should help you and your dog respect and bond with each other for life.

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