A dog gives unconditional love and friendship to a caring owner. A well-trained dog increases your pleasure and your satisfaction tenfold, compared to an untrained dog. Studies have shown that well-trained dogs are more happy and more happy animals than those who do not. I have been training dogs for over 25 years and my goal is to always have happy pets and who I can control under any circumstances including contact with children or other animals. I have successfully completed this without cruelty at all and without destroying the spirit of a dog. When the proper training techniques are used, you will be surprised how quickly the dog will learn to follow your commands. Here are examples of some great dog training techniques that you can use to teach some basic dog obedience skills:
Sitting Command –
This is the most common and basic command to teach your dog and probably should be the first thing you teach him. Using rewards in return for good behavior works well for most of the training. You will need a rope attached to your dog’s collar to keep it stable. Show your dog a treatment that you have in your hands and hold it on his head so he can look up, and then say “Sit”. Sometimes, just by holding a care on the head of your dog will automatically sit. If he is not sitting, put your other hand behind your dog and gently press while saying “Sit down.” As soon as he or she sits, understand him immediately with the treats and praise him by saying “Good Boy” with a happy voice and give him an excitedly showing him that you are happy with his response to your “Sit” commands. It is important to reward him as soon as he responds correctly, so he knows why he accepts his prize.
Lie Down Command –
As soon as your dog has a sitting command, you can advance to the “Lie Down” command. Treatment is also used to achieve this. First ask your dog to “Sit”. Do not give him a chance to sit down. While he is in a sitting position you must have a gift in your hand and hold it in front of him, very close to the floor and say “Lie Down”. If necessary place your other hand on your dog’s shoulder and gently press until your dog lies down or give him a soft pull down on the straps. As soon as your dog lies, understand him immediately with a treatment and say “Good Boy” in a joyful voice and give him an excited to show him that you are happy with his response to your “Lie Down” command. Your voice tone is important to let your pet know that you are happy with his response to your commands.
Fixed Command –
The “Stay” command is slightly more challenging than the Sit Down and Lower Commandments. It is important to choose the right time during the day to start working with your dog on the “Stay” command. Knowing your own dog and recognizing when he displays a relaxed or mellow temperament is important. You do not want to start this exercise when your dog is happy or too playful. Like previous training commands, it’s good to use bets while teaching the “Stay” command. To begin this training, give the order sitting or lying down to your dog. As soon as she sits down or lies say “Stay” and hold your hand as if you are beckoning someone to stop. If the dog does not move for 4 or 5 seconds, give him a gift and say “Good Boy” and pet him. Give her a compliment only if she lasts for 4 or 5 seconds. If he does not obey your orders, try again. Once he gets his idea, increase the amount of time he has to “Stay” before you give him a compliment. You may have to repeat the “Stay” command several times and put your hand in a stop position to push it to stay. As he begins to understand, give the command “Stay” and slowly back off a few meters, little by little further until he has mastered the “Stay” command. Remember, it is important to be patient with your dog while practicing. If the exercise does not work today, try again on another day. Patience and perseverance are always appreciated.
Guest Post by: Richard D.