og training is very important, regardless if it is a house training, behavior training, or competition training. House training does not solve all behavior problems, but it is the foundation for solving just about any problem. Most pet owners make the false assumption that a good dog is a bad dog, and that good training does not work. That is a very big mistake. What actually happens is, the owner makes himself the leader, instead of the dog. The animal becomes accustomed to the leadership, and will not naturally take command from the owner. Instead, the owner creates the feeling of leadership, and the dog does not have a strong natural tendency to obey without question. Why is this so Important? Now, if you do not have the desire or disposition to be the leader, then you will most likely have an animal that does not follows directions, and misbehaves. Where as, if you have the desire and disposition to be the leader, you will have an animal that will follow your lead, and will not become a problem dog. It is a simple concept. If your animal is not a problem dog, but is really a puppy or simply a dog that likes to test your authority, you can still fix him. Simply start giving him the instructions that you want him to do. If he does them, then reward him, and make him know that he is a good dog. If your dog has a behavior problem, then you can fix him. But, first you need to determine what the problem is. If it is a puppy that is a barker, then you want to start out by not allowing him to bark. But, you must keep him from barking through out the day. This can be easily accomplished by putting curtains on the windows. But, you must be strict. If you do not want him to bark, then do not allow him to bark. But, you must be consistent. This is how you will create an atmosphere where he is comfortable with the barking, and stops barking when he wants to. You may want to stop a problem barker, and you want to do this for a variety of reasons. You want to stop a problem barker because your neighbors are complaining, you want to stop a problem barker that is scaring your and the neighbors, or you are afraid that he will bite you. First, you should know that it is a natural thing when a dog barks. They bark for many reasons including to warn you or alert you of danger. They generally get attention from the thing they are barking at. The thing they are barking at generally gets attention. So, what you want to do is get the attention of the dog through playing with him, or something else that will get him to stop barking. If you want to stop a problem barker, you should get him to focus on you, and not on the situation stressing him out, barking or otherwise. As you teach him and start practicing obedience training, he will become accustom to your commands, and stop barking on your command. If your dog is barking constantly to get your attention, you can put him in another room with the TV or radio on, so that he will not be stimulated by external factors to bark. You can also buy a citronella no-bark collar. The collar has small spray and microphone that are in contact with the dogs skin. When the dog barks, she gets a squirt of citronella in front of her nose. It is important to her to stop barking, or she will get the shot. This collar is also useful for all situations, but especially if your dog is destructive, or is barking for no reason at all. You may also want to try a sonic bark collar. This works because the sound is only audible to dogs, and not to humans. Sonic collars can be emits at the pitch of a siren, which human can hear and determine it is a tone too. Sonic collars can be very useful to stop a barking dog.