If you have been reading this blog then you know I am no Dog Training Uber Master, but I think thatoverall we have fairly well rounded and definitely extremely happy dogs.Although they do still misbehave at times, for the most part they will do as they are told and are becoming quite well trained.We have owned Dogs previously for over sixteen years and have learnt a few things along the way. Ihave never trained our dogs to do tricks or agility just trained them to learn the basics and to berelatively well behaved.Dogs will always misbehave on occasion but there are many ways to help you and your Dog to work together better and to have a happier and better behaved dogster.This is a fairly long post so it may be best if you bookmark or save this page to come back to.The following is a list of some of the best ways to have a happier and better behaved dog:1. Exercise. This is without doubt the most important thing when it comes to having a well behaveddog. Dogs should be taken out at least twice a day for a suitable amount of exercise. The more the better. An under exercised Dog will within days become very badly behaved.2. Company. It is very important to Dogs. They are very sociable and should have as much companyas possible. If they are alone all day ensure they get quality time with you when you are at home.3. Rules. Dogs need rules to live by. If you don't give them a proper structure to live by they will veryquickly start walking all over you. Set some boundaries.4. Food. All Doggies love their food. Some are real gulpers but they all love a treat on occasion.There is nothing wrong with the occasional treat as long as they are not overweight.5. Feeding should be controlled. We always make the Dogs sit and stay while their food is put on thefloor. They were impatient at first but now they sit until told "take " in turn. This makes for a nice stressfree feeding time. No getting overexcited and lunging for their meals. It leads to a calmer and happier household.6. Super treats. Every week or so the girls are given a nice big Raw Meaty Bone. It keeps them happyfor hours. It will save you on Dental bills in the future (trust me on this ) and will give you some peacefor a few hours. Priceless.7. Training. Basic training from a very early age is very important. Your Dog should be sitting whentold by less than three months of age. Very easy to do with a treat held up high in front of it's facewhilst you say sit and gently push on its back if needed. This is learnt very quickly.8. Lead/leash training is also very important. This is where there are many different opinions. We livein the country now so it is not so important for us but for built up areas you need to keep your Dogunder control on the lead. I believe in using a choker chain. I never found it was cruel. All I found wasthat you have proper control over your dog and in a short while you will have a Dog that will happilytrot beside you without pulling at all.9. Toys. Dogs can very easily become bored and start playing with things they shouldn't. A few heavyduty Dog Toys are indispensable to keep your Dog occupied when it feels like playing.10. Room confinement. This is more of a do as I say rather than do as I do point. We are totally open plan in our house and it is not ideal. As this naughty Dog post shows. If you can get your Dog used to being in a single room when you are out of the house (mainly when it is still young) you will notreturn to a house ripped to bits. This will make you happy and stop the Dog getting shouted out!11. A doggie zone. I have now given up on purpose bought Dog beds. They always nibbled on themwhen they were young and a certain mutt still would if any were available. An area with a pile of oldtowels, rugs etc is perfect for them. They can dig about in their Doggie fashion to make it comfortable(I don't get it!) and it is important for them to have somewhere they know is there own space.12. Bathing. A nice smelling Dog is a happier owner, and a Dog that is used to being bathed from ayoung age will be much easier to handle when it is older. Some Dogs really don't like it. Get them usedto a monthly full on shower or bath and it will make life easier all round in the future.13. Grooming. The same applies. Do it from when they are young and it will not be an issue. Do itsporadically and it will always be new and some sort of game in which they think of the brush as a Toy.