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Your Dog Won't Mind Now What?

How to Have an Obedient Dog

Charlie Jurney Editor’s Note: Charlie Jurney of Terrell, North Carolina, the author of “Finished Dog,” trains all breeds of dogs but focuses primarily on Labrador and golden retrievers and Boykin spaniels. His dogCharlie Jurney s compete in the Hunting Retriever Club Division of the United Kennel Club and in the American Kennel Club Hunt Test Program and the North American Hunting Retriever Association Field Test Program. He’s titled hundreds of grand master hunters, grand hunting retriever champions, master hunters and hunter retrieving championships and has won 10 Boykin Spaniel National Championships, all performance-based retrieving titles.

To have an obedient dog, you must have control over the dog. Jurney recommends that you buy a flat, nylon collar and a rope leash. Put the collar on the dog, clip the leash to the collar, and take the leash in your hand. Now you can teach the dog the four basic commands that will transform the dog from a disobedient Alpha, unsafe dog to an obedient Beta.
HERE – Use leash pressure when you give the command “here,” and pull the dog to you. Many people find this first basic command often the easiest to teach. If the dog tries going in another direction besides straight to you, pull him to yoCharlie Jurney u, and say, “NCharlie Jurney o. Here.” When the dog accepts the command and comes to you, praise him, pet him, and look for him to swallow. “Praise is the most–important part of training,” Jurney emphasizes. “Each time a dog performs a command properly, always praise and pet it.” When a dog accepts a command, it will give a swallow response, which means it understands. Repeat the command daily until the dog learns to come on the leash when you say, “Here.”
To learn more, go to or email Or, you can call or write Charlie Jurney at Beaverdam Kennels at (828) 478-3101 or (828) 478-3943; 8200 Hwy. 150 Terrell, NC 28682. For more information on SportDOG Brand collars, call (865) 218-4088 or 1 (800) 732-0144 or visit

Tomorrow: Heel and Sit

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Day 1: The Pack
Day 2: How to Have an Obedient Dog
Day 3: Heel and Sit
Day 4: Levels 2 and 3
Day 5: Level 4


Entry 370, Day 2