Pet Obedience Training

Written By Heather Tankersley

Heather Tankersley is the owner of Prissy Paws Pet Salon and Spa in Branson, Missouri. Her extensive background of over twenty years working with animals coupled with her desire to provide a quality and enjoyable grooming salon and spa experience for pets has resulted in a truly unique service that helps pets have a happier and healthier life.

So let me start with a small disclaimer.  While I titled this article as Pet Obedience Training, I probably should have officially called it “Pet Owner Obedience Training.”

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You see, as a pet owner myself I realized long ago that I had a tendency to speak to my pets as if they should automatically understand me.  After all, nearly every time I spoke to them they would adorably cock their head to one side as if to say, “Ok, I am ready to receive your wisdom and direction” but then they would wonder off only to repeat their mistakes over and over again.  My thought was always, “Why can’t they understand me and just follow my rules?”  My pets thought was, “I know they are trying to tell me something but I sure wish they would work on their communication skills.” 

What I have come to understand is that my pets viewpoint on the relationship was much closer to reality than mine would ever be.

With that logic in place I would now like to share a little about Pet (Owner) Obedience Training.

Ronnie Jacobsen is the owner of Pawsitive Results and is responsible for conducting all of the Obedience Training classes for Prissy Paws Pet Salon and Spa.  With over 20 years’ experience in the pet industry, Ronnie knows that to really be successful, both the pet and the owner need to work together to build a bond that allows a proper communication and results oriented relationship to develop.

  • Know the Basics: The first step in the process is to work with both participants on basic skills of communication.  Body movements, posture, facial expressions and eye contact are just the beginning.  Both you and your pet will need to know the goals and the desired outcome.  Mutual understanding will ultimately deliver constant results. 
  • Make The Connection: Next comes the understanding of what each command means and how to express that command so your pet knows what you want.   In almost every relationship, your pet wants to make you proud of their behavior.  You just have to make the connection.
  • Execute With Confidence:  Now that there is a clear understanding and a defined method for delivery, it is the responsibility of the owner to provide direction in a clear and concise manner.  Remember, your pet wants to make you happy.  Giving clear and confident direction, passes a feeling of confidence to your pet. 
  • Praise The Successes:  While it may take a few tries, always make sure to offer praise to your pet when they respond to your direction appropriately.  Studies with animals have shown repeatedly that animals will give more consistent positive results when they are praised.  So be sure to give the positive feedback.  You pet will love the attention.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice:  As with anything else in life worth accomplishing, practice helps make perfect.  Both you and your pet will need to continue to practice over and over to bring about the results you desire.  As you and your pet accomplish tasks begin to add new ones to keep the excitement level up and to continue building the relationship.  Remember, just as with your human friends, your pet desires to make the relationship better. 

Pet (Owner) Obedience Training can take a little time and effort but the results are well worth the investment.  Keep at it and watch the friendship grow!

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About the author:  Heather Tankersley is the owner of Prissy Paws Pet Salon and Spa in Branson Missouri.  Her extensive background of over twenty years working with animals coupled with her desire to provide a quality and enjoyable grooming salon and spa experience for pets has resulted in a truly unique service that helps pets have a happier and healthier life. 

For more information please visit the Prissy Paws Pet Salon and Spa at 3000 Green Mountain Drive; Suite 103 in Branson Missouri.  You can also call at 417-815-6193 or visit on Facebook at Prissy Paws Pet Salon LLC and on the web at www.prissypawspetsalon.com 

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