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Dog Training Fundamentals - Overview


This website provides free information on dog training. Yes, we are not going to try to sell you our videos or books right before it gets interesting. We have tried to provide short video tutorials for each lesson. You can find an overview of these tutorials here. Keep in mind this website is still under construction! In the end, we all have day jobs here as well...


As we have pointed out on the introductory page, this website is all about motivational and positive training methods. If you don't exactly know what that means, you may want to take a look at our dog training fundamentals in chapters 1 to 12 listed below. After reading through those, you should have a good understanding on how to approach your training. There are many ways, but they are not all equal!


If you are experienced - you still may want to take a look and refresh your memory, especially if you have used a pinch collar as an essential training accessory in the past...

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We believe it is always better to know too much about the subject of dog training before you start than not enough. Last but not least, it's free…. So hey, why not?


This section is organized by chapter. You can find an overview of all chapters below. To simplify navigation, we have included page navigation links at the bottom of each page. We highly recommend that you read the entire introduction before you start with any practical training.


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Chapter overview:




1.) All dogs are different
2.) Pack Theory - or how your dog fits in
3.) Dominant Dogs
4.) Underdogs
5.) Understanding your dogs language
6.) Communicating with your dog
7.) How dogs learn



8.) Motivating your dog
9.) Rewarding your dog
10.) Getting to the right behavior
11.) Training tools
12.) Teaching your dog









  At the end of the last chapter is a link to the first practical training exercise.